London's Blue Bar

The latest addition to the venerable Berkeley Hotel

Two Burberry trench coats are strewn check-side-out over the tall stools at The Blue Bar in London's Belgravia. Fashion moments happen here without that ubiquitous, self-conscious effort to be hip. There are no guest lists, no velvet rope. In fact, The Blue Bar, the latest addition to the venerable Berkeley Hotel, is principally used by residents for an early evening rendezvous or after-dinner drink.

The Blue Bar was designed by David Collins, one of the most sought-after names on the London circuit. It's small, just 50 seats with private areas (which you can reserve), and occupies the hotel's former reading room, which flanks the lobby. The bar is a stunning Wedgwood-blue space punctuated with pale-lilac chairs, cream faux-ostrich-leather stools, white onyx bar, and black crocodile-embossed leather floor. The wood paneling, which was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, is highlighted by poppy-red sconces.

Drinks are quite good, a connoisseur's range of cigars is available, and the most delectable appetizers are on the menu, from foie gras parfait to duck-and-beet tartare. The Berkeley Hotel , Wilton Place, London SW1 X7RL, England; 44-207-235-6000; fax 44-207-235-4330.

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