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September 27, 2019

Step inside 1920’s inspired new hotspot – The Coral Room

This is my third visit to the breath-taking The Bloomsbury and each time it just gets better and better. Thrilled to receive an invite to The Coral Room Sparkling Afternoon Tea experience, this bar is the place to experience one of the best afternoon teas in London. The Coral Room is reminiscent of the roaring ’20s, it is elegant, exclusive, chic and trendy. The words which best describe are without question ‘stylish,’ ‘on-trend,’ ‘Great Gatsby inspired,’ with décor and coral coloured walls to set Instagram on fire! Stepping into The Coral Room was like a dream, featuring beautiful drapery, bespoke Murano glass chandeliers, a luxurious marble bar surrounded by wall art deco-style, all accents creating timeless nostalgia. The Coral Room is a haven,  peaceful and relaxing a place to hide away from the chaos of London.

The Coral Room

Discover The Coral Room for breakfast, small bites and the most elegant Afternoon Tea in a beautiful space embedded in the boutique-style hotel Bloomsbury London. The Bloomsbury is set in London’s literary heartland – the historic and vibrant 18th century Bloomsbury neighbourhood. Superbly located, the hotel is close to the British Museum, Covent Garden, London’s lively Soho; as well as Oxford Street for the avid shopper.

The Coral Room is a grand salon bar double-height space with all the ingredients of a country house with a city slicker vibe. The Coral Room is the perfect place to experience a stylish Afternoon Tea, breakfast and small bites and a great place to catch up with family and friends. The bar is transformed into an energetic cocktail bar in the evenings and for all the music connoisseurs a live music hotspot, where guests are serenaded to the sweet sounds of vintage funk and soul music, making The Coral Room the ideal place to end a hectic week.

First impressions are exquisite and coral! The Coral Room is the perfect place to spend time over a glass of perfectly chilled English sparkling wine or signature cocktail. The stunning décor paying homage to the splendour of the 1920s, breath-taking! The unique coral coloured walls yearning for an Instagram debut. The Coral Room décor is thanks to the collaborative work of interior designer Martin Brudnizki and highly rated British illustrator Luke Edward Hall who has created 36 bespoke pieces of original art that adorn the coral walls that are inspired by the progressive Bloomsbury district.

Fancy a cigar? The Coral Room offers a secluded stylish cigar terrace adorned with a relaxing cover of green leaves with an array of trees creating the ideal hideaway for an alfresco drinking experience.

In great hands, The Coral Room is managed by Giovanni Spezziga formerly of Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood also in London, offering one of the largest English sparkling wine lists showing respect to local vineyards and providing an exclusive selection of highball and spritz-style cocktails with names inspired by the beautiful English countryside and the city.

Open from 10 am daily, the bar provides the perfect setting during the day for guests wishing to meet for breakfast, highlights include avocado and grilled plum tomato, Bloomsbury chillies and toasted sourdough; Shakshuka, eggs and toasted sourdough; The Coral Room omelette of egg white, spinach and chia seeds and rainbow acai bowl, extremely healthy and fulfilling.

The Coral Room offers a selection of small plates crafted by Executive Chef Byron Moussouris available throughout the day which is a perfect marriage when served with a crisp glass of wine or perfectly curated cocktail. The delicious menu options include; Wasabi mayo; Lobster and crayfish, Mac’n’Cheese, do you have a sweet tooth? An indulgent chocolate eclair and epicurean chocolate truffles. Hot-picks; Midtown swizzle Havana especial rum, Lustau sherry, passion fruit purée, lime juice, pineapple syrup, English sparkling wine; Ridgeview Bloomsbury as the house pour. Other highlights of the sparkling wine list are Lyme Bay Winery, Brut Reserve 2014 Devon; Lyme Bay Winery, Brut Reserve 2014 Devon and the Digby Fine English Leander Pink, NV West Sussex.

We Painted the Town Coral with Sparkling Afternoon Tea

The afternoon tea at The Coral Room is sophisticated elegance, offering a twist on the great British tradition including a moth-watering range of savoury and sweet options set in a neo-Georgian Grade II listed building, the old and the new coming together. The Coral Room is a symphony of elegance the décor and accents all set the mood for a luxurious afternoon tea experience.

We were greeted by the host with a flute of the finest sparkling wine and presented with the afternoon tea menu, I knew we were in for a treat, our choices were; Caprese sandwich focaccia bread, Bocconcini, sliced cherry tomato, micro basil leaves, olive oil and tomato jelly, marinated Cucumber White Bread with smoked salmon rillettes, Guinness bread wrapped around coronation chicken. The sweet offering was; Virgin colada mousse coconut sponge base, raspberry tart with delicious vanilla cream, white chocolate, pistachio, lemon daisy, blueberry and lavender éclair, orange and thyme macaron, bourbon vanilla scone and golden raisin scone with thick and rich clotted cream and Cloudberry jam, so quintessentially Britsh and tasty, the choices were flavoursome and a visual delight.

The cocktail choices offered on the Afternoon Tea menu were; Mimosa made with English sparkling wine, Champagne Cocktail a recipe of cognac, sugar cube, Angostura Bitters and champagne,  a superb French 75 15 Tanqueray, with lemon juice, sugar, champagne, my personal favourite a Pornstar Martini presented perfectly with Ketel One, passion fruit, vanilla liqueur, lemon juice, English sparkling wine and finally Negroni Sbagliato a delicious concoction of Campari, red vermouth and English sparkling wine, the cocktails are amazing a beautiful balance of fragrance, flavour beautiful to the eyes. The host gave us a second round of sandwiches and sweets, we wanted our family to experience all that  The Coral Room has on offer and judging by the smiles on their faces they were truly impressed!

The conclusion

The Coral Room provides a little piece of the 1920s elegance in the heart of Bloomsbury. This vibrant grand salon offers the perfect escape to meet with family friends and loved ones for scrumptious breakfast, snacks and small plates, cocktails and the most stylish afternoon tea. The Coral Room is a perfect hideaway for guests to create their own haven to enjoy a carefully curated cocktail, the most extensive selection of English sparkling wines or dancing the night away to the sounds of funk and soul. Let your Instagram be the envy of the world! The Coral Room is a chic and sophisticated experience for friends, family and loved ones to leave a lasting memory of the beauty of the 1920s to the current era.

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Written by Rene Byrd for Luxuria Lifestyle UK and International

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