14 Thursday March, 2013
David Collins, world-class interior architect, is responsible for some of London’s most beautiful spaces. From hotel restaurants and bars to signature suites and even entire properties, Dublin-born London-based Collins has worked his magic touch on some of the best names in the business. His creations combine ‘British style with Hollywood glamour’ and are always noteworthy for their elegance, luxury and incredible attention to detail. In any Collins design you can count on finding petits objets, art work and furniture that have been sourced from different time periods, countries and styles. Although all unique and perfectly conceived for their own purposes, a Collins space is nearly always recognisable for its beauty, taste, understated glamour and that certain je ne sais quoi…
In no particular order let Ampersand Travel take you on a tour of David Collins' London...
1. The Apartment, The Connaught
One of London’s finest penthouse suites, The Apartment feels more home-away-from-home than luxury hotel. Beautifully decorated in a rainbow of elegant blue hues, crisp whites and rich creams, this luxurious living space has everything you could wish for from expansive walk-in wardrobes, white marble fireplaces, shelves lined a selection of the best books on art and culture and a private balcony overlooking your Mayfair surroundings.
2. The Bassoon Bar, Corinthia Hotel
Transporting you back to a Fitzgeraldian age of Art Deco glamour, jazz and cocktails, Corinthia London’s Bassoon Bar is one of London’s most appealing cocktail haunts. Highlights include a seven-metre long grand piano which doubles up as the bar, black leather banquettes and jazzy paintings by a New Orleans artist hung from the walls; and that’s before you start on the cocktail list!
3. Claridge's Bar, Claridge's
Often gracing the list of London’s best cocktail bars, Claridge's Bar is small, sexy and has the smartest crowd. Red leather stools line the bar, intimate alcoves are tucked behind candle-lit fireplaces and fresh flowers adorn most surfaces. Oh, and the cocktails are divine.
4. Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Corinthia Hotel
A hedonist temple to atmospheric dining at Corinthia Hotel, Massimo Restaurant & Oyster bar is breath-taking. With its striped Corinthian pillars, globe-like chandeliers, Art Deco marble oyster bar and sexy mood lighting, this is a perfect restaurant for a romantic tête-à-tête.
5. The Blue Bar, The Berkeley
Favoured by the rich and famous, The Berkeley hotel’s Blue Bar is one of London’s best kept secrets. Decked out in Collins' signature blue with cornflower coloured chairs, Lutyens blue marble floors and plastered walls, this pint-size watering-hole has a buzz every night of the week.
6. The Connaught Bar, The Connaught
Inspired by 1920s Cubist art, The Connaught Bar is an award-winning blend of masculine leather sofas and metal studded black tables, high mirrored walls and grey marble floors. Described as serving the best cocktails in the world, a visit to The Connaught Bar is a must for any cocktail connoisseur.
7. The Gilbert Scott Brasserie & Bar, St Pancras Renaissance
Named in honour of the original St Pancras station building, this Marcus Wareing-run French style brasserie and bar work beautifully with the hotel’s authentic Art Deco aesthetics. Indulge on nostalgic British classics in an elegant setting of yellow mirrored walls, classic red leather banquettes, marble pillars and ornate wall fixtures.
8. The Wolseley
A London institution modelled on a turn on the century European Grand Café, The Wolseley is one of the capital’s most beautiful and atmospheric restaurants. Its Japanese-style lacquered screens, Corinthian columns, Byzantine light fittings, glossy marble floors and high domed ceilings combine to dazzling effect.
9. Café Colbert
Newly opened on Sloane Square, Café Colbert serves every meal of the day to a diverse and dynamic crowd. Playing on the theme of traditional Parisian pavement cafes, you can expect tables dressed in crisp white cloths, monochrome mosaic floors, red leather banquettes and a fabulous collection of vintage French prints and black and white photographs.
10. Brasserie Zédel
A Corbin and King creation like its well-know sister restaurants The Delauney and The Wolseley, Zédel takes its inspiration from Art Deco-era French brasseries and serves incredibly inexpensive brasserie classics like steak hache et frites. Located in the former Atlantic Bar & Grill, with its magnificent high ceilings, Zédel plays homage to a bygone era with majestic marble pillars, brass lights and gold-leaf details.
We hope this has inspired you to do your own David Collins tour of London. Please contact Ellie Boulstridge on +44(0)20 7819 9770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to start planning your tailor-made tour of London or browse our suggested UK & Ireland tours.