The term ‘American Bar’ refers to a bar serving mixed or ‘American’ style drinks, more commonly known as cocktails. As transatlantic travel became more popular in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, many American Bars opened throughout London. The American Bar at The Savoy is the longest surviving of these bars and one of the most iconic cocktail bars in the world. The design brief was not to lose the heritage of the bar and to bring it gently forwards into the 21st Century, by giving it a full make over yet create a timeless establishment.
All of the furniture and seating was redesigned. New wall finishes and decoration throughout epitomizes both the 1930’s and what the American bar stands for. The classic 1930s elegance continues to permeate the look and feel of the bar and has been further brought to life with the new designs of the space. The ceiling’s concave profile details shimmer delicately with subtle silver leaf layers. By covering the walls with a waxed linen Robert Angell Design International have cleverly created an undulation of reflected light around the bar that brings a unique dynamism to the space.
Each wall is further adorned with photographs and drawings of all of the bar’s most famed guests who have frequented the bar over the many years, a playful reminder of the incredible company the bar keeps. The new interiors have been designed to be sympathetic to the rich history the American Bar is steeped in. They exude a sense of intimacy and excitement and present a versatile space for friends, lovers, businessmen and family to relax and enjoy themselves in.