The Malt Lounge and Bar at The Prince Akatoki London hotel transforms seamlessly from a Japanese tea room during the day, to a whisky bar at night. We designed this adaptability into the space by concentrating on the flexibility of display options, that would allow the theatre of both a tea ceremony and a working bar to take place. The space hosts an array of Japanese whiskies that are concealed during the day and effortlessly slide into position in front of the Georgian windows, to present an illuminated display of whisky bottles in the evening.
Our choice of hues reflecting those of both tea and whisky - dark stone, bronze countertops and traditional prayer panels installed throughout the space with minimal wall lights, have been an important element in ensuring the design works well.
Crafted furniture with deep timber tones were chosen for their robustness and comfort. Modern clean-lined teapots with rustic details, and minimal cups on timber trays are used to serve tea.
In the evening, the whisky is served in an array of organic shaped glasses that are chosen to complement the patron’s choice of whisky. The Malt Lounge and Bar serves rare whiskies, and also has a built-in display for guests to leave their whiskies to come back to.