The Dorchester to launch James Bond-inspired bar in December

The Dorchester is set to unveil a new bar concept inspired by James Bond in December as the first phase of an ongoing renovation concludes.

The Vesper Bar is said to honour the hotel’s “many connections” with the film series and its author Ian Fleming, who stayed and dined at The Dorchester throughout his life until he died in 1964. 

When William Boyd continued the Bond series with the novel ‘Solo’, Bond wakes up in a suite at The Dorchester on his 45th birthday. 

During the ‘60s and ‘70s, the production company for the James Bond films, EON, had an office at the hotel and throughout the decades The Dorchester has hosted many press junkets for the films and welcomed all six James Bonds, 14 Bond Girls, four M’s and nine Bond villains as guests of the hotel. 

The space, which formerly housed The Bar at The Dorchester, has been designed by Swedish interior architect and product designer Martin Brudnizki and features a 1930s-inspired bar.

Design features include a 1930s Palladium leaf ceiling, an upper area of the bar and a cosy ‘snug’ for enhanced privacy. A collection of Cecil Beaton artwork will also be featured in the bar, including some of the artist’s original drawings and celebrity photography, alongside pieces from contemporary artists such as Rosie Emmerson, who is said to have been inspired by Beaton. 

A new layout also allows for a dedicated Park Lane entrance and an outside terrace with views of Hyde Park. 

The cocktail menu will showcase both timeless and signature cocktails inspired by the hotel, curated by head bartender Lucia Montanelli.  

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