London’s Met Bar Re-Opens After Major Revamp

By Paul Joseph

One of London’s most famous nightlife venues – the Met Bar on Park Lane – reopened last month following a major revamp.

A lavish party was held to mark the occasion, with musician Jamie Cullum entertaining guests with a 30 minute set including a duet with British soul singer Alice Russell. Guests included Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez, BBC’s Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen, and TV presenters Sophie Raworth and Lisa Snowdon.

Since it first opened in 1997, the Met Bar has become one of the capital’s most popular entertainment venues. Now the new-look bar features a 180 seat interior with a black sleek lava-stone bar top that snakes through the space capping a leather-clad bar front.

Rich timber sets off the warm tones of the burnt plum and butterscotch banquettes and chairs. Tables are back-painted glass with golden highlights reflecting the natural light which floods through during daytime from the newly created glass wall.

The evening brings a change of mood with the glass becoming etched, obscuring the vision from outside looking in. A raised private booth sits beside the staircase with views through to the main bar area.

The new Met Bar has also announced that it will be ending its “Members-Only” policy, making it accessible to all, from early in the day to late at night.

By Paul Joseph