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AN EMINENT TRIBUTE TO A GREAT LEADER

by Phoebe Liu on Sep 24, 2013 in Interiors , Lifestyle
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At the Hyatt Regency London, the Churchill Bar & Terrace is named for a man widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century — while also revealing his softer, quirkier side 

As soon as someone says the name ‘Winston Churchill’, images and associations are immediately conjured up in one’s mind. As one biography describes his life, it was “a trajectory of events” leading to his stand against Adolph Hitler’s threat to control Europe during World War II”.

As prime minister, Churchill rallied the British people and led the country from the brink of defeat to victory. But perhaps most notable is the fact that despite his immense political stature and powerful leadership in a time of war, Churchill is also remembered fondly for many things – his beloved wife, Clementine, for one; his pets; and his love for art, travel, champagne, cigars and whisky.

How fitting it is, then, that the Churchill Bar & Terrace pays homage to the personal side of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. Located just minutes away from some of London’s finest shopping districts and within easy reach of the capital’s main business, cultural and entertainment facilities, the Churchill has its own entrance on Portman Square. It began operations last November, after Churchill’s extended family gave their blessing to the bar and terrace being named after their eminent ancestor.

Part of what is now the Hyatt Regency London, the original hotel called The Churchill opened in 1970. Hyatt International took over the management contract in 2004 and a multi-million pound investment has been made in its renovation since.

At the Churchill Bar & Terrace, interiors were conceived and shaped by Bespoke by Brigitta Spinocchia. Well practised in the art of design for private homes and yachts, Bespoke has created an elegant and inviting space with subtle references to a young Churchill, his wife and all the good things in life that interested him. This is represented most artfully in the distinct menus and match boxes, intricately decorated in Art Deco fashion and featuring Churchill’s pets.

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