Idris Elba opens London cocktail bar The ParrotBy Owen Bellwood
Luther star Idris Elba has opened the doors to his cocktail bar The Parrot, which will be the first bar in London to offer its own chauffeur-driven car.
The Parrot, which has been opened by Elba alongside identical twin brothers Lee and Nicky Caulfield, is a 60-seater venue that will offer “a whole host of A-List surprises”.
One of the bar’s A-list options is the result of an exclusive partnership with luxury car maker Aston Martin. The Parrot will be the first bar in London to offer its own chauffeur-driven car, with a branded Aston Martin on hand to transport guests to and from the venue. The car will be fully stocked with menus for pre-ordering food and drinks.
The Parrot, which opens today (9 November) in the Palm Court at London’s Waldorf Hilton, also boasts a secret cocktail menu as well as space for unannounced performances and DJ sets from Pacific Rim star Elba.
The design for the bar has been influenced by the history of the building and features walls lined with hand-painted palm wallpaper, lush foliage and an abundance of greenery.
Cocktails at The Parrot have been developed by head bartender Daniele Panzanaro, with each drink inspired by a different member of the Parrot family. Drinks includes the Parakeet, which is made with Maker’s Mark, Wray & Nephew, banana and white pepper.
To accompany the cocktails, executive chef Karl Richardson has created a menu of vibrant small plates served on repurposed seashells.
The Waldorf Hilton general manager, Guy Hilton, said: “Working closely with entertainment experts Lee and Nicky Caulfield, we have embarked on a partnership to draw on the exotic inspiration of the tropically-designed Palm Court, which is where we have traditionally hosted entertainment-filled events.
“The range of music, theatre and comedy acts The Parrot will promise is an exciting move for us which naturally pays homage to the glittering heritage of the hotel.”