Located in Knightsbridge on the edge of Hyde Park, London’s Bulgari Hotel is a haven of calm in the centre of the city and yet is under a minute’s walk from such landmarks as the famous Harrod’s department store.
Bulgari Hotel & Residences London, 171 Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW
EAT: Rivea Restaurant
Rivea is the new restaurant from chef and restaurateur Alain Ducasse, who has chosen the Bulgari Hotel & Residences London as the setting for his informal restaurant inspired by the vibrant food markets in Italy and Provence.
The spirit at Rivea is relaxed, convivial and informal, yet the service is impeccable. Amongst the dishes the tigelle – a round Italian bread made with cream rather than butter – is filled with cured ham or rocket salad and pesto, and then toasted like a panini. Other signature dishes at the Rivea include baked John Dory, which is cooked in a fragrant, bouillabaisse style fish soup thickened with pureed lemon, served with silky braised fennel, olives and sweet sun-blushed tomatoes. A cookpot of vegetables ‘from our farmers’ offers a delectable taste of terroir and season.
The wine list at Rivea also incorporates fine wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy as well as Italian classics, and is very much a reflection of the menu with a focus on wines from Provence, Corsica, the South of the Rhône Valley and the French & Italian Riviera.
DRINK: Il Bar
Il Bar has been conceived to become the heart of the hotel’s social scene and the perfect place to enjoy la dolce vita with an Italian aperitivo at the bar.
The bar seats 59 guests on a combination of custom made black leather and chrome barstools and contemporary deep seated leather tub chairs alongside sofas in soft fabric adding colourful accents.
The bar menu is inspired by the stimulating fragrances and flavours so evocative of the Riviera. Influences stretch from Marseille in France, all the way along the coast and down to Naples in Italy.
Bulgari classics include the Cherry & Pistachio Bellini, a combination of a dark cherry purée and a sweet, rich cherry liqueur, finished with Prosecco and creamy pistachio foam alongside the Au Thé Vert, a long refreshing drink inspired by the original Bulgari fragrance.
Further details can be found at http://www.bulgarihotels.com/en-us/london/bar-and-restaurant/il-bar
SLEEP: Bulgari Hotel & Residences London
The 85 rooms and suites at the Bulgari Hotel & Residences London feature exquisite detailing throughout, such as custom made silk curtains with patterns inspired by some of the classic Bulgari jewellery designs, and bedside table lamps by Bulgari’s silver candlesticks.
The silver theme continues right through the hotel into the restaurant and bar with hand crafted Italian detailing such as twostunning handcrafted solid silver Bulgari chandeliers in the Ballroom, creating a dramatic centrepiece.
The sleek architecture and refined interiors are designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, with Squire and Partners as the local architect, coupling the Bulgari glamour and heritage with sustainable design features and state of the art technology. Many of the furnishings and textiles throughout the hotel and residences are made exclusively for Bulgari crafted by Italian manufacturers. Decadent and luxurious, the result is sublime.
To book, please visit http://www.bulgarihotels.com/en-us/london
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