Come September, David Bowie fans will be able to sip cocktails inspired by the great musician’s life at a dedicated bar in London. A long-time celebrity hang-out, Hotel Café Royal will be opening Ziggy’s in honor of its famous former patron. (Back in the 1970s, the pop icon held the retirement party for his alter ego Ziggy Stardust at Café Royal.)
The cocktail menu will offer drinks named after lyrics from the album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust.” Previously at The Connaught, bar and beverages manager Fabio Spinetti collaborated with Ziggy’s team to dream up these unique concoctions—creative riffs on some of the musician’s favorite drinks. For example, Darkness and Disgrace (pictured here) is inspired by classics like the Rum Flip and Espresso Martini, made with dark rum, tawny port, coffee liqueur, sugar syrup and egg yolk.
Situated next to the newly opened Laurent restaurant, Ziggy’s will be decorated with a selection of David Bowie photography by music photographer Mick Rock (Bowie’s official photographer at the end of Ziggy’s career). After its launch on September 20, Ziggy’s will be open Monday – Saturday from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Café Royal is part of The Set Hotels, which also includes the Conservatorium in Amsterdam and the newly reopened Lutetia on the Left Bank in Paris. In other exciting news for Hotel Café Royal, November will bring famous chef Albert Adrià to London with his first permanent site outside of Spain: Cakes & Bubbles, located at Hotel Café Royal.
Here’s some more London news: Brown’s has appointed Stuart Johnson as Managing Director, replacing Marco Novella who left to lead The Lanesborough. DUKES has launched new Duchess Rooms catering to solo female travelers, while Belmond preps to open the new Belmond Cadogan Hotel this winter. Last but not least: Shangri-La at the Shard is launching an exclusive new experience called “Theatre in the Clouds.”