Inspired by the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Champagne Bar will embrace the best of Victorian design with sumptuous fabrics, opulent finishes and historic detailing. Throughout the design process we referenced original drawings, paintings and advertisements as inspiration and reimagined key elements with a contemporary twist. One such feature is the dramatic central canopy that took centre stage in the original exhibition. The Bar featured a similar canopy in red – to celebrate the show’s ruby anniversary – with bespoke gold bullion fringing from Samuel & Sons.

Created especially for the space, the chandelier is named the ‘Paradise fountain’ as it draws inspiration from the large fountain that was a central feature of the Great Exhibition. The parrots are a quirky additional touch that pay homage to a fascinating story about the Crystal Palace that housed the original exhibition. During the filming of African Queen at the Isleworth film studios, a few of the parakeets managed to escape and have since invaded the Crystal Palace area. The parrots, hand-carved by master craftsman Paul Wilson, will take pride of place atop the chandelier.

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