The Collection

Διεύθυνση: 264 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2AS , United Kingdom
Τηλέφωνο: +44 (0) 207 225 1212
Website: View bar's website
Ώρες λειτουργίας: 10am-midnight daily
Είδος: Cocktail bar
Προτείνεται για: Κεφάτη ατμόσφαιρα
Εύρος τιμών: High End
Φαγητό: Απλά συνοδευτικά

Review last reviewed on 05-Oct-2011

Something of a South Kensington institution, this old warehouse, opposite Bibendum's flagship shop, has housed a restaurant here since 1996 and boasts an 80ft-long catwalk entrance designed by architect Sir Norman Foster. It was previously a Porsche garage, Conran furniture shop and also the fashion warehouse of English designer Katherine Hamnet.

Now reborn with a stylish makeover by designer du jour Tom Dixon, it still boasts a large mezzanine restaurant floor overlooking a 60ft-long bar, surely one of the longest in London.

Walking down that catwalk and finding yourself in a huge warehouse space feels more like something in New York than well-to-do Chelsea. Angular barstools, architectural lighting sculptures and cosy banquettes mean there are places to be seen and nooks to hide away in, attracting a mixture of business types, dates and groups of dressed-up friends.

A short list of classics and modern classics follows a slightly pun-heavy list of house cocktails, all quite interesting yet thankfully simple combinations - less is certainly more. The Vintage Black Mac combines Scotch whisky, ginger liqueur and Earl Grey tea while the Luciana Martinez mixes sloe gin, Aperol and maraschino - there were lots we wanted to try. Execution of the drinks was a 'could do better', but we liked it.

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