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Playboy Club to debut Champagne towers

The Playboy Club in London’s Park Lane has launched a Baroque-themed bar serving Champagne towers for up to £80,000.

The brainchild of Gerry Calabrese, son of cocktail maestro Salvatore Calabrese and founder of Hoxton Gin, Baroque will be the first place in the capital to bring back the Champagne tower tradition.

“Champagne towers are a vintage art form that have been sadly neglected in recent decades,” said Calabrese.

Boasting one of the most extensive vintage Champagne lists in Europe, guests can pre-order the towers created from retro Champagne coupes said to have been modelled on Marie-Antoinette’s breasts.

Towers can be created from a magnum of Salon 1964 for £25,000, a Jeraboam of Veuve Clicquot Brut 1945 at £12,700, and a 15l Nebuchadnezzar of Armand de Brignac for £80,000.

Decked out in gold, ruby and magenta, Baroque’s theatrical décor by CID Interiors includes Louis XIV chairs, chandeliers and antique mirrors.

The cocktail menu meanwhile, focuses on different takes on the Martini, served either in coupes or in Calabrese’s signature “infusion jars”.

The bar will also serve cold platters of fresh oysters, fruits de mer and caviar, along with childlike desserts such as doughnuts, lollipops and cakes.

Calabrese launched East London nightspot The Hoxton Pony in 2008.

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