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How far the hotel bar has come. Leaping forward from a dull last resort for guests that couldn’t be asked to venture out, we’ve witnessed dramatic transformations at the hand of top designers, sipped experimental cocktails from virtuoso mixologists, listened to live music from (almost) every genre, nibbled on artsy food at a movie screening / fashion show or two and more.

Over at Rosewood London, now that the nights are dark and cold, Scarfes Bar is offering the chance to forget the looming reality of a return to work on Monday – if only for a few hours – with its monthly Sunday evening immersive cabaret.


Moody lighting and the lush rose-bronze entrance gallery – the result of Rosewood letting Tony Chi loose on the 1914 Edwardian Belle Epoque building that was once the Pearl Assurance headquarters – set the tone for an evening with host Dusty Limits, Lili La Scala, Vicky Butterfly, Coco Malone and Laura London in the style of a ‘spontaneous house party filled with surprises’.


A house party only works if everyone joins in, so do expect to engage as the evening unfolds. Grab a seat at the bar or in the corner near the fireplace and listen to Lili La Scala sing a melancholic French chanson, get dazzled by Laura London’s magic skills, and watch Vicky Butterfly perform one of her beautifully choreographed routines. It’s been a while since we first spent an evening at Scarfes’ immersive cabaret, but it still ranks as one of the best hotel bar evenings we’ve had.



And yes, there were some serious acrobatics involved as well.



Scarfes takes its name from cartoonist and illustrator Gerald Scarfe, who was commissioned to create 11 panels with a mix of characters from real life (from James Bond and Simon Cowell to QEII, with corgis) and drawings from his past (including the ‘marching hammers’ from the famous Pink Floyd album cover).

Cabaret tickets start at £20 and can be booked online for upcoming dates in March, April, and early May. It then returns in the autumn. Not in the mood for cabaret? There is live jazz six nights a week.


[Photos: LE Miami, Rosewood London]


Paul J DeVries
Paul J DeVries is a freelance travel writer and was previously a contributing editor for Based in London, he knows the city's hotel scene inside out, while also covering the latest in destinations around the world. When not checking out a new hotel, he checks in on the airlines and inflight products that get you there.

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