The New Irish-designed Bar to Visit in London

Irish interior designer BRYAN O’SULLIVAN has created a sophisticated ambiance in The Berkeley Bar & Terrace, which opened recently …


The Berkeley, in leafy Knightsbridge, has been synonymous with luxury and fashion for over 100 years. The Blue Bar, designed by Irish legend David Collins, and opened in 2000 is a much-loved rendezvous point for London fashionistas.

Whether deliberate or coincidental, a new Irish connection has been revealed with the addition of The Berkeley Bar & Terrace, created by interior designer Bryan O’Sullivan, whose designs were featured in THE GLOSS Interiors Spring issue. Key features include a half-moon marble bar, a central fireplace and a hideaway snug. The vibe is intimate, refined and harks back to old world glamour.


“The rich history of the building provided a spring board of inspiration for what we hope is a timeless yet contemporary new addition to this London landmark,” says O’Sullivan of the design. Brutalist-inspired arch forms running through the space reference the home of the Grenadiers, an infantry regiment whose stables were originally located on the Wilton Place grounds where the hotel was built.


Walnut wood (from a 300-year-old tree felled from the Fulbeck Estate, Lincolnshire) is a central motif and panels are used throughout the bar. This is complemented with a colour palette of soft corals, creams and pinks. The story of the tree and the Fulbeck Estate is depicted in an artisanal frieze which runs above the wood panels.


The Snug is set away from the main bar and features a mural painted by New York-based artist TM Davy. The concept of the mural, developed together with O’Sullivan, references the fact that snugs were usually reserved for women in an era when men and women did not mix socially. Depicting enigmatic female faces connected by rhythmic lines symbolising connection and relationships, The Snug has its own sound system and can be used for private parties.


As for the menu – rare wines, champagnes and spirits are complemented by a capsule cocktail list – while small plates such as Cornish crab and lobster beignets, or Camembert chicken tulips provide the perfect elements for an evening aperitif. Opening hours are 4pm – 1am, Monday to Saturday.

Penny McCormick

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