As the days grow shorter and the leaves begin to turn, it can only mean one thing: the spooky season is upon us. And what better way to embrace this magical time of year than by checking into a luxurious hotel and sipping a ‘Phantom’s Elixir’ or ‘Potion of Enchantment’ at a world-class cocktail bar?
The Franklin – London, UK
Nestled in the heart of one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, Knightsbridge, The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. This exquisite 5-star hotel seamlessly blends classic luxury with contemporary elegance. But what really sets it apart is its intimate cocktail bar, which feels like a portal to a bygone era. An elegant cocktail and champagne haunt, The Franklin Bar is lined with mirrored walls in a 1920s Great Gatsby style. The essence of glamour, it is the perfect place to unwind before dinner or enjoy a cocktail in a relaxed setting. Surrounded by the ambience of this velvet-clad sanctuary. It’s the ideal place to immerse yourself in the eerie atmosphere of autumn.
Earlier this year, head mixologist Antonio Papariello was named one of the top 100 bartenders in the UK by World Class GB. Knightsbridge residents and transients can now enjoy some of Antonio’s ingenious creations that earned him this international recognition.
The Gore – London, UK
With its rich history and Gothic architecture, London is a city that knows how to embrace the spooky season. The Gore, a charming boutique hotel in Kensington, offers a unique experience that takes you back in time with a distinct rock’n’roll vibe. While the hotel is mainly decorated with original wood panelling and opulent furnishings, The Gore’s bar exudes a distinct rock’n’roll vibe.
Bar 190 is known for its historical significance as the venue for the Rolling Stones’ 1968 Beggars Banquet album launch and photo shoot, and its decor pays homage to this momentous event. At the time, the bar was a popular hangout for young musicians who enjoyed its vibrant nightlife. The Rolling Stones, recognising its ideal city centre location and relaxed yet glamorous atmosphere, chose it as the venue for their album launch party. Today, visitors can still admire iconic memorabilia from that night, including photographs of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the album’s gold record and the cocktail recipe named after the album.
Hotel Vilòn – Rome, Italy
For the spooky season of Halloween, Hotel Vilòn invites you into its enchanting embrace, where the iconic Adelaide Restaurant and Bar, a tribute to Princess Borghese, awaits. This celebration of Italian hospitality is renowned for its welcoming spirit and elegant ambience, where Executive Chef Gabriele Muro orchestrates a symphony of flavours.
At the heart of this mysterious setting is Mediterranean cuisine, which changes with the seasons and special occasions like a shape-shifting phantom. Chef Muro ensures that each dish retains the authentic essence of Italian traditions, while adding a dash of fresh, modern mysticism. The menu, adorned with dishes such as the enchanting ‘Spaghetti ‘ajo ojo e bronotolo’, tantalises the taste buds with its elegance.