What a crazy few months we’ve been having here at the AGA Design office. Having recently completed the new Restaurant/Cafe Bar at Silver Street @ The River Inn, Derry City Centre and also being officially awarded the design brief for the renovation works to Markree Castle, Co. Sligo. It’s all systems go!
Taking very little time off lately, I’ve not ventured far except to travel across the pond to my much loved city of London. While there I decided to check out the recently reopened luxury 5 star Hotel Cafe Royal in the heart of central London.
This iconic London landmark hotel now has 160 beautifully finished classic contemporary guestrooms. This includes 49 suites and 6 signature suites, all as remarkable and elegant as the next. Seamless design detailing’s include the elegant use of Portland stone and oak panels, floors dressed with parquet and copper light doors throughout all to recreate a luxurious ambience in an historic space. The colour palette differs for the room types which I love as it adds that touch of interest to each visitors experience. Each room has been treated to Bang & Olufson entertainment systems and designer Frette bed linen as standard of course!
And not only that but the Hotel Cafe Royal also offers a remarkable culinary journey with a well-honed selection of restaurants and bars to experience. You’ve no need to ever leave the actual hotel. At the heart of the hotel, the Ten Room offers the very best of British informal all-day dining. While the Green Bar, which is said to be inspired by the Cafe Royal Cocktail Book from 1937 serves a selection of cocktails. It certainly has captured that 1930’s glamour.
Reviving the original ornate Louis XVI decor with all of its detailing, the Oscar Wilde Bar, offers Champagne, cocktails and a light snack menu. The bar now oozes elegance and sophistication in abundance which complements and comes to life with the evenings live entertainment.
The Cafe on Regent Street is beautifully serene with its stylish use of golden Siena marble and provides and airy high-class European cafe culture. This is in contrast to the glamour & composure of The Domino Room. Here they offer a refined dining experience under an elegant canopy of intricate and beautifully restored car-touches.
And finally, The Diwania Lounge, a refined elegant pop-up lounge which was launched this year. Here you can experience its pleasures until the 14th August. Not to be mistaken as a prestigious French palace, the beautifully restored Pompadour Ballroom has been transformed into a richly decorated all-day lounge now known as the Diwania Lounge. With its Middle Eastern decor and tasty food offerings there is also a stunning terrace space provided which has spectacular views of Mayfair’s elegant historical architecture.
I can’t believe the beauty of this hidden gem, its well worth stopping off for some well-deserved traditional afternoon tea on your next visit to London. A culinary inspiration as well as a design one!