A taste of an iconic era
FOR a taste of 1920s decadence the Rotunda bar at the Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square, London is where it’s at.
Housed within the 1922 Beaux-Arts style Grade II-listed building which overlooks the River Thames at Tower Hill, the Baroque-style Rotunda bar sets the scene perfectly for a stylish evening sipping cocktails beneath an eye-catching art deco domed ceiling.
Head Bartender Michal Maziarz whose handlebar moustache is another eye-catching feature has created a poignant 1920s theme for cocktails and afternoon tea menus at the Rotunda for the winter months.
Entitled ‘The Bright Young Things’ the nickname for celebrated names including Cecil Beaton, John Betjeman and Nancy Mitford, ‘beautiful people’ at the centre of many a raucous London party during the infamous decade, the theme takes inspiration from their colourful lives and perfectly encapsulates everything about what was regarded as a bohemian era and the start of the modern cult of celebrity.
Maziarz’s outrageously good cocktail list is a nod to recipes and ingredients popular at this time and includes creations such as: Embalmer (Sipsmith gin, Tokaji wine and absinthe infused with poppy seed oil), Petting Pantry (Plantation rum, dry sherry, spiced wine, spices and citrus oils) and Corn Shredder (Tanqueray TEN gin, agave, toasted corn and pink grapefruit), their names a historical wink aimed at London’s bar-propping flappers and the slang they used at the time.
A flamboyantly good accompaniment to the cocktails is Rotunda’s new afternoon tea menu which takes on 1920s iconography, with colourful pastries inspired by the lifestyle of ‘The Bright Young Things’. The menu includes ruby grapefruit cheesecake and chocolate and salted caramel pastries served alongside lychee and cognac scones and a selection of delicate sandwiches. Offered with a glass of Champagne or paired with signature cocktails the choice is yours.
With tastebuds truly tantalised, there’s live music to enjoy too within the elegant confines of the Rotunda (every Thursday from 6pm-9pm) taking you on a musical journey inspired by influential Dixieland and American jazz of early 1920s Britain up until the 1950s and for afternoon-tea goers, accompanying piano playing (from 3pm-5pm Wednesday to Sunday).
‘The Bright Young Things’ may have been the IT crowd of their time but the Rotunda’s timeless appeal sees no sign of fading.
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
10 Trinity Square, London, EC3N 4AJ
www.fourseasons.com/tentrinity • 020 3297 3799
Review by Charlotte Civil