When I heard that my favourite restaurant in the world was arriving in London, to say I was excited was an understatement. The Polo Lounge is an institution, the jewel in Los Angeles’ glittering crown. I have had the best meals of my life there and I’m not the only one, it has been a personal favourite of everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Kanye West.
This summer, the iconic Los Angeles restaurant will pop-up at The Dorchester Rooftop, bringing a taste of California to London. With views across Hyde Park, The Dorchester Rooftop will be transformed to the Polo Lounge with its iconic décor including candy-stripes and pink bougainvillea flowers, with the iconic Polo Lounge sign ready for that Instagram moment. Throughout July and August, the al fresco restaurant and lounge will be open daily for lunch and dinner for guests to sample the restaurant’s classic dishes including the famed McCarthy Salad.
Known as the epicentre of LA power dining, the Polo Lounge has been the favourite spot for generations of stars and Hollywood deal-makers. The first time ever that the restaurant has held a pop-up, the Polo Lounge at The Dorchester Rooftop will bring guests a taste of Tinsel Town with a live band and DJ in partnership with Yamaha Music London & Molto Music Group.
The Polo Lounge’s most popular signature dish is the McCarthy Salad, a chopped salad unlike any other named in honor of polo player Neil McCarthy who used to frequent The Beverly Hills Hotel in the 1960’s. Nearly 600 McCarthy salads are sold at The Beverly Hills Hotel restaurants and through in-room dining each week. Guests can also sample Polo Lounge classic cocktails including the Prickly Paloma, a cocktail of Tequila, Prickly Pear Grapefruit, Lime and Pink Salt.
The Beverly Hills Hotel’s iconic banana leaf wallpaper will line the entrance of the rooftop, allowing guests to step into LA from the moment they enter via the private lift to the 9th floor. Meanwhile on The Dorchester’s famous forecourt, guests visiting the hotel will feel like a movie star as they pull up to a red carpet ready for a VIP arrival. Perched on the forecourt, the Califonia theme continues at The Dorchester Terrace & Garden with canopy seating, a menu inspired by the West Coast with vibrant cocktails to match, and an icecream stand to keep guests cool in the summer sunshine.
The Polo Lounge at The Dorchester Rooftop will launch on Thursday July 1, 2021, and will run through until end of August, open daily from 12pm to 11pm Monday to Saturday, and 12pm to 10:30pm on Sunday. Reservations only and with a minimum spend of £60 per person.
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