Drawing on the atmosphere of the speakeasies of the roaring twenties, The Luggage Room is a secret style bar tucked away beside the 5 star London Marriott on Grosvenor Square (although the bar is actually joined to the hotel – you’ll find this out when you attempt to find the toilet), within spitting distance of Bond Street Station. Located in what used to be the luggage room of the hotel (funnily enough) the cute interior of the bar felt intimate and cool.
The atmosphere was laid-back and friendly, and not the too trendy for school hipster vibe I had been expecting. Our group of 12 was accommodated across two tables (albeit very close together) as there are no areas for large groups. We didn’t mind this, however, and felt very comfortable in the soft leather seating with tables decorated with vintage luggage motifs.
Before we had even ordered, a small pink aperitif cocktail and a glass of water (left) had been neatly placed in front of each of us to welcome us. The small glasses of water were then topped up regularly by the staff to ensure we kept hydrated throughout the evening.
Orders were placed from the large cocktail menu (I went off menu and ordered a Caipirinha) and minutes later a large tray of weird and wonderful glasses (‘period glassware’) of different colours arrived. My Caipirinha has a real kick to it (6 quarters of lime in the one short glass!) and was one of the best I’ve ever tasted outside of Brazil. I later ordered a sloe gin cocktail, which was very refreshing. The range of spirits on offer was immense. The bar creates its own cordials and uses fresh ingredients, which makes the drinks taste truly zingy.
My friend, being a non-drinker, asked for ‘something tropical’ in virgin form, and was so impressed with the concoction that came back that she ended up drinking 4 of them. The bartender then created an alcoholic version of the drink for another in our party.
A small menu of snacks and sharing platters is on offer, although we did not avail ourselves of this as we had just come straight from an afternoon tea.
Our overall impression was the service was great; the staff were super friendly and accommodating and the attention to detail was second to none. The decadent environs and table service lend themselves to a relaxed yet luxurious experience and one I would definitely book again for a special occasion.
The Luggage Room also serves ‘Low Tea’ (‘Highlights include horseradish and crème fraîche vol au vents, Devonshire wild boar sausage rolls, devilled Balmoral venison and Clarence Court Scotch egg.’) in the afternoon, which I would love to go back and try.
Further information on The Luggage Room can be found here.