Leopard print is enjoying a massive resurgence for AW16. ‘Maximalism’ is currently en vogue and this feline fashion is making a revival in the nation’s wardrobe and homes. Givenchy, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Calvin Klein, among others, featured leopard print on the AW16 catwalks and, thanks to a newly expanded collection of signature South African themed bars, leopard-lovers can enjoy a cocktail against a backdrop of this eternally glamorous print, at one of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection’s decadent Leopard Bars in London and beyond.
In an exciting new opening for London’s Bloomsbury area, The Montague on the Gardens has now unveiled its elegant new Leopard Bar and Cigar Lounge, taking the total number of leopard-print designed bars within the award-winning hotel collection to six. Take a walk on the wild side, and look inside these chic and exotic bars and lounges:
1. The NEW Leopard Bar and Cigar Lounge at The Montague on the Gardens (London)
The Montague on the Gardens has just unveiled its new, feline furnished Leopard Bar and Cigar Lounge, nestled away in the heart of elegant Bloomsbury. Guests can relax amongst the colonial South African-inspired furnishings, and the first-class bar serves a variety of light bites and snacks, complemented by an excellent selection of drinks and expertly mixed cocktails, including the Leopard Print Cocktail, the new bar’s signature drink. (Recipe below*.) Live entertainment is provided every evening from Monday to Saturday.
The Montague on the Gardens, 15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 5BJ
2. The Leopard Champagne Bar at The Rubens at the Palace (London)
With an impressive selection of over 20 champagnes and 50 champagne cocktails, the exotic Leopard Champagne Bar is the “wildest” place to enjoy a glass of the bubbly stuff in London. Located directly opposite Buckingham Palace’s Royal Mews, guests are offered a warm welcome in an intimate setting, with a classic jazz soundtrack, complimentary bar snacks and a delicious bar menu, including the unmissable Leopard Bar Burger.
The Rubens at the Palace, 39 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0PS
3. The Leopard Bar & Restaurant at The Duke of Richmond (St. Peter Port, Guernsey)
The Leopard Bar & Restaurant invites guests to witness the chefs working their magic through the glass walled kitchen, with meals available from breakfast until dinner and everything in between. This striking venue is loved by guests and locals alike, and is the perfect place to soak up some glamour over a drink or a bite to eat.
The Duke of Richmond, Cambridge Park, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1UY
4. The Leopard Room Bar & Lounge at Hotel D’Angleterre (Lake Geneva, Switzerland)
Blending chic traditional elegance with a striking wild cat touch, the Leopard Room Bar & Lounge at the Hotel d’Angleterre is enviably situated on the lakefront of Lake Geneva and is THE place to be seen in Geneva, with revellers enjoying the live music and vibrant atmosphere long in to the night. Decorated with vintage Louis Vuitton suitcases and accents of leopard print, guests are surrounded by luxury as they indulge in the expansive wine, champagne and cocktail menu or a relaxing bite to eat.
Hotel D’Angleterre, Quai du Mont-Blanc 17, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
5. The Leopard Bar at The Twelve Apostles (Cape Town, South Africa)
The Leopard Bar at The Twelve Apostles is another place to be seen, and is a firm favourite on the Cape Town social scene. It is the perfect place to relax and sip on a sundowner, whilst spotting whales or dolphins playing in the bay, or choose from the fine selection of cognacs, ports or craft beers, whilst enjoying live entertainment from Monday to Saturday.
The Leopard Bar is also a great spot to enjoy "Tea by the Sea", a delicious afternoon tea with all the trimmings including chocolate brownies, cream scones, finger sandwiches and a selection of the best teas and coffee. It's regarded as something of an institution by the locals.
The Twelve Apostles, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
6. The Leopard Lounge Bar at The Chesterfield Palm Beach (Florida, USA)
The Leopard Lounge Bar is Palm Beach’s hottest nightspot and no visit to the area is complete without a night out at the famous bar. International visitors and out-of-towners join dedicated regular locals and guests of the hotel for cocktails, dinner or to indulge in the fantastic menu of cognacs, grappas, whiskies and bourbons. Guests can dance the night away to live music every day, and there is a Happy Hour from 16:30-18:30, Sunday to Thursday.
The Chesterfield Palm Beach, 363 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach, FL 33480, USA