bbar & Restaurant, facing the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, is a wonderful South African themed venue also run by the family-owned Red Carnation Hotel Collection. It is just on your left as you exit reception at The Rubens. Sporting vintage photographs of big game, ethnic carvings, leopard spotted lampshades and polished zebrano wood table tops it's an elegant mix of safari chic and colonial cool.
The menu is international, but with a strong South African accent lent by dishes like Springbok fillet, Grilled Boerewors Sausages and Bobotie Spring Rolls straight from Founder & President Bea Tollman's cookbook "A Life in Food".
The two bars serve an impressive 110 wines (over 50 by the glass) from an eclectic list of old and new world producers including Bouchard Finalyson, a vineyard in South Africa, also belonging to The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Passionate mixologists prepare over 60 cocktails, from the classics to the more exotic, while the warm and relaxed service creates an invitingly intimate atmosphere.
Being just a short walk from the Victoria Palace and Apollo Victoria theatres bbar is an excellent option for pre-theatre dining, and offers versatile options for celebrating all manner of private parties including exclusive 'drinks & canapé's' functions for 250 people and dining for 100 guests with bespoke menus.43 Below is an intimate lower bar and is available for private bookings. With its own sound system and a cosy club-like atmosphere it's perfect for parties of up to 70 people.