I have had cocktails on my mind this week. Possibly because of this thirst-inducing weather, or more probably because I've been filming our next CD-Rom at The Dorchester hotel. I chose The Dorchester because its suites make for perfect film locations, but upon further investigation I found that the bar was a highly recommended first stop; not only did a few cocktails there instantly put even my most camera shy of interviewees at ease but the Bar Manager Giuliano Morandin is quite simply an artist. He has been at The Dorchester for thirty years where he has won awards, reinvented and invented cocktails and, in his inimitable way, charmed countless ladies in to whiling away entire evenings at the bar marveling at every new creation.

The bar, quite simply is the cocktail equivalent of Mecca; Bellinis are served in glass tea pots, prohibition-inspired cocktails are served in tea cups and - most coveted of all, there are his Swedish wedding toasting glasses which are made especially for The Dorchester (since they are no longer available to the public) and are the highest, most exquisite flutes I have ever seen, so delicate in fact that the cup itself quivers on its stem at the merest suggest of a hand tremble (please do not attempt to drink from this after a few cocktails!)
Giuliano is the consummate magician, conjuring one divine drink after the next whilst regaling his audience with stories, and if you're lucky even producing Harry Craddock's cocktail book from the 1930s, listing everything you need to know about the cocktail hour, the rules of entertaining and endless delicious cocktail recipes.

However the good news is that now you too can learn his art from the master himself in possibly one of London's most sophisticated hen party concepts. Giuliano can be booked at the bar for a "master class" which lasts for two hours and costs £200 for a minimum of two people. A further £50 per additional member of the group will be charged and you can have up to five guests in a group. It's hard to imagine a more seductive location to learn the art of cocktail mixology from such an industry legend, and it won't fail to impress your groom! Cocktail mixology is an art that deserves to be explored, but if you chose to leave it to the masters I can highly recommend a drink at the bar!

Please call 020 7629 8888 or email restaurants@thedorchester.com for further details.