Idris Elba is opening The Parrot cocktail bar at the Waldorf Hilton on the Aldwych

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What: The Parrot

In a nutshell: Idris Elba is opening a bar!

Summing it all up: A-lister and all round London geezer Idris Elba heads up a team opening London's soon-to-be hottest new bar at The Waldorf Hilton. The Aldwych bar promises tropical cocktails and a raft of enticements for a VIP crowd.


The low-down

Well THIS is going to be a big launch. It's not every day that a Golden Globe winning actor/director/DJ opens a bar in London. But that's precisely what Idris Elba is doing when he opens The Parrot next month at The Waldorf Hilton. Elba has teamed up with identical twin brothers Lee and Nicky Caulfield (the brothers are actors and also run a luxury boozy ice-cream brand on the side) on the bar which is being described as "an intimate cocktail bar and live music venue".

The place is pretty small - room for just 60, and they're already talking about a number of special things you can expect from it - like a hidden cocktail menu, secret shows and a chauffeur-driven car to get you home at night (presumably for VIP guests).

There's no word yet on the cocktails, but given the name we're expecting rum to play a rather large role. As for food there'll be a bar menu of small plates created by The Waldorf’s resident Executive Chef, Karl Richardson.

It's a cunning move for The Waldorf Hilton which has had a pretty low profile on London's food and drink scene. The arrival of The Parrot instantly propels it into the limelight.


More about The Parrot

Where is it? The Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych, London WC2B 4DD 

When does it open? October 2018

Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @theparrotldn


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