loti drinks | the coral room

The Coral Room is a very fitting name for the Bloomsbury Hotel’s newly refurbished bar, with its striking coral walls that hit you as soon as you walk through the door. Its Instagrammable new look was designed by Martin Brudnizki and is based around a country house transported to the city, complete with a long marble bar and glass ball chandeliers. General manager Giovanni Spezziga, formerly of Scarfe’s Bar at the Rosewood, oversees the Coral Room so you know you’re in good hands.

If you enjoy a bit of fizz then you’re in luck as the Coral Room is home to one of London’s largest English sparkling wine lists, with a big focus on local vineyards. We started the evening with a glass of the appropriately named Ridgeview Bloomsbury made in East Sussex. We then turned to the cocktail menu, which has a heavy focus on spritz and highball serves, something that’s ideal for this time of year. The names of the cocktails represent the culture of both the countryside and the city, mirroring the design of the bar. We tried the ‘Pleasant Land’, a mix of tequila, mezcal, mango purée, orgeat, micro coriander, lime and ginger beer, and the ‘Garden of England’ made with aperol, sherry, lavender syrup, grapefruit juice, lemon and sparkling wine.

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We’d recommend getting some of the bar snacks too, with dishes including Dorset crab on toast and truffle and parmesan fries. So if you have an occasion to celebrate or simply just fancy cocktails in a luxe setting, the Coral Room is the one.

16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN