I’ve always loved the feel of Belgravia – rather like the line in Breakfast at Tiffany’s – it feels like nothing can go wrong there. The Hari has this atmosphere in spades.
With a separate entrance into the restaurant and also access from the main hotel, this private dining room is all about windows and daylight. Because of its corner location, two of the four walls in the private dining room have stunning panelled windows flooding the room with natural light. The grey wooden panelled walls and herb planters on the table give it an almost outdoors tone, as does the slightly warmer brown-grey solid oak table with its copper strip down the middle.
The private dining room, Muse can sit 24 as one long table or be divided into two separate rooms seating 10 and 8 in each room. There’s a sleek black and white marble fireplace at one end surrounded by black glass hiding a plasma screen. The room also has its own cloakroom, a projector and ipod docking system for guests to arrange their own music and white leather armless chairs with what feels like padding on the seat for extra comfort.
The bar is also available for private hire. The spaces outside Muse can be used for pre-dinner drinks, the snug reserved or even the whole area hired for an exclusive event (price on application).
The bar is like a series of little home living rooms, complete with sofas, chairs, coffee tables, carpets and lamps. It’s eclectic, slightly mad, and gorgeous because, it’s not just any old furniture, prints or cushions. The primary colour lamps are Paul Smith, the cushions are Vivienne Westwood, the artwork is Miranda Donovan and Mat Collishaw and the designer is Tara Bernerd. The sofas are also worth a mention, cashmere loungers, funky leather bucket chairs and the piece de resistance – a purple velvet sofa that is just begging to be sat on.
And then there’s the floor, the grey wood is covered with a plethora of rugs, which on closer inspection turn out to be patchworks of old rugs, cross stitched together. The grey wood bookshelves are elegantly stylised to fit their surrounds, housing only grey-spined books and grey vases.
For Muse there’s a hire charge during the day and a minimum spend for the evening (on application), while average menu prices are around £50 for three courses including tea, coffee & chocolates. Canape receptions start at £30 per person.