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The Connaught – Mayfair, W1
London

How we love The Connaught. It has always been a special, very British place and, today, as part of the exemplary Maybourne Group, it’s both a home from home and a glamorous destination, with superbly orchestrated service. The magnificent mahogany staircase compels guests not to take the lift, while treats don’t come much better than being served a ceremonial martini (aromatic flavourings, quietly stirred, never shaken) in the seductive, buzzing Connaught Bar. For years, the hotel’s splendidly stuffy Grill was presided over by master of classic French cuisine, Michel Bourdin, but since 2008, it has been home to two Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze, whose ravishing dishes are perfectly complemented by India Mahdavi’s sophisticated, colourful surroundings. There are many pleasures: taking breakfast at Jean-Georges at The Connaught while overlooking Tadao Ando’s specially commissioned water feature in Carlos Place; Tom Stuart-Smith’s hidden Moon Garden; the John Lobb shoeshine chair; the peerless rooms and suites. A great hotel in its prime.

 

Nota Bene

To mark 10 years of The Connaught Bar master mixologist Agostino Perrone unveiled The Connaught’s very own crafted-in-house gin.

SEE

‘Silence’, the remarkable sculptural water feature by world-renowned Japanese artist Tadao Ando, located on Carlos Place, which can be appreciated over a cocktail at The Coburg Bar.

EAT

‘Silence’, the remarkable sculptural water feature by world-renowned Japanese artist Tadao Ando, located on Carlos Place, which can be appreciated over a cocktail at The Coburg Bar.

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The Connaught Gin, crafted by master mixologist of The Connaught Bar Agostino Perrone to mark the 10th Anniversary of The Connaught Bar. An established classic London gin recipe forms the foundation of the Connaught Bar Gin blend. Its base botanicals are drawn from the classics: hand-crushed juniper berries, coriander seeds, liquorice, angelica root and orris root. Two unique botanicals distinguish this Gin: the famous Amalfi lemon, renowned for its sweet flavour and served with The Connaught Bar’s celebrated martini, and red wine from the vineyards of Bordeaux.