The Hyatt Regency in London dedicates their new bar to Sir Winston.
THE DAILY MAIL, 17 December 2012—Journalist Bianca London reported in The Daily Mail last month on the new Churchill Bar & Terrace at the Hyatt Regency Hotel just off Oxford Street in London.
The bar serves plenty of classic cocktails, but the article points out that, “The real attraction is a specially commissioned life-size bronze of a young Winston Churchill entitled ‘In Conversation’ which sits out on the stylish heated terrace.”
The new sculpture was specially cast for the bar by renowned sculptor Lawrence Holofcener. Holofcener is the artist who created the celebrated sculpture “Allies” of Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt sitting together on a park bench. The much photographed “Allies” is installed on Bond Street in London.
The design of the bar however is not the Churchill that most will remember, but reminiscent of a much younger Churchill.
Ms. London goes on to say in her article, “The venue has in fact been designed with a young Winston Churchill and his beloved wife Clementine in mind and every intricate detail serves as a mini history lesson—there is Churchill trivia in every nook and cranny and spotting them is half the fun of the place.”
“The design recognises, by way of contemporary touches, references to Churchill’s life in photography and art, in love and lifestyle and in travel and animals.”
“The animals are a key theme of the bar and serve to reflect the signature pictures Sir Winston and Clementine used when writing love letters, Sir Winston was a dog (or often a pig) and Clementine a cat and can be spotted all over the bar from in the menus to artwork.”
In this age of political correctness, it’s interesting to note the revival of an age old tradition. It’s been reported recently that its quite fashionable these days for London hotels to provide a cigar lounge for guests. In keeping with this trendsetting, the Churchill Terrace allows the smoking of cigars and has an extensive menu of items for purchase.
No doubt this a revival of which Churchill himself would approve.
The Holofcener sculpture on the terrace is the third monument in as many months to be unveiled to the public as tribute to Sir Winston. Great grandson Randolph Churchill recently unveiled a cast of a bronze Oscar Nemon bust in Montefiore Gardens just outside the Old City walls of Jerusalem and his sister Jennie Churchill Repard just this month attended the detection ceremony of a monolith in Barcelona.