Originally opened in 2004 and designed by the late David Collins, the Berkeley's iconic Blue Bar has re-opened after a six month restoration by one of the designers former protégés, Robert Angell. Angell's interpretation retains the vibrant character of Collins's original vision, including the historic panelling (designed by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyen), while adding new touches such a glass pavilion designed by Richard Stirk Harbours & Partners. A blue bar crowned with a slab of onyx now takes center stage on a floor of white marble and crocodile print navy leather, surrounded by bespoke furniture, designed by Angell and hand made by craftsmen at Ben Whistler. In tribute to Collins' Irish heritage, Angell has also collaborated with Irish textile designer Jude Cassidy to create a range of stunning blue and silver fabrics that can be found throughout the room. Bar Manager and mixology expert Rashid Ghuloom has also worked to create a new bar menu 'Cocktails with True Colour' featuring a range of bespoke cocktails that increase in potency depending on the colour chosen. 

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