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Models, Cocktails, and Cigars: Fashion Week Style at London's May Fair Hotel

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September 19, 2012 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

You know it’s Fashion Week when you walk into a hotel and someone saunters through the lobby wearing a yellow and black skin-tight onesie with a fur cape and nobody bats an eye. That's what greeted us when we arrived at The May Fair Hotel earlier this week.

Located mid-way between Piccadilly and Berkeley Square, this is the fifth year The May Fair is the official host hotel of London Fashion Week. Like last year, the hotel has unveiled its fashion windows, but also added a few new things in the mix as mentioned last week, ranging from a designer cocktail collection to a brand new Cigar Room.

The Cigar Room
If the words Cigar Room conjure up images of a dark, clubby space with wood panelling, leather Chesterfield sofas, and a majority of middle-aged men, The May Fair will make you think again.

Picture a semi-open glass cube that seems to hover in the middle of the hotel courtyard, with lattice wood and mesh curtains. Add cabana-style sofas, stylish outdoor furniture and rocking chairs, gas fireplaces and terrace heaters to keep you comfortable no matter the season, throw in mood lighting and lounge music, and you get a sense of how different an experience this will be.

With most cigars available on a stick-by-stick basis in the range of £15-£30 ($25-$50), the Cigar Room aims to appeal to a wide audience, rather than focusing on die-hard aficionados alone. Cigar Sommeliers are on hand to help you make your selection, and pair it with a whiskey, cognac, or one of a specialty set of cocktails. We sampled the Monte Cristo Daiquiri, a signature drink made with cigar-infused rum and tobacco liqueur, fresh citrus, and sugar.

With cigars being the latest hotel trend, and The May Fair always being a draw for after-work and weekend drinks, word will get round fast about this latest addition to the hotel. There’s only limited capacity, so we’d expect it to be packed sooner rather than later.

Fashion Windows & Designer Cocktails
This year designer Holly Fulton brought her work to the windows framing the front entrance of the hotel, with hand-drawn graphic prints inspired by the collection she showed during Fashion Week. Holly is also one of six designers that have created their own cocktail for The May Fair Bar inside.

These are only available until September 23, so sample two a day from now on and you can still squeeze all of them in. We tried the Corrie Nielsen, a combination of Grey Goose vodka, rose-petal water, passion fruit juice, and gomme syrup that was deliciously fresh. The Alice Temperley, a classic apple mojito, we can also recommend.

If you’d want to have a welcoming bed only an elevator ride away after finishing off the entire cocktail collection (just guessing), that might be slightly harder; getting a room will be nigh impossible. None of the 400-odd rooms at The May Fair are currently available; including the famous Schiaparelli Suite (last Friday’s picture should leave no question about its color palette).

We were lucky enough to take a quick peek inside, used this week as "model sanctuary", filled with all the beauty products, massage chairs, mani-pedi stations, and lots of other things that surely are essential in achieving that effortless glamour look for walking down a runway.

We found a Superior King room on a Saturday later in October available for just under £300 ($500. We'll just call that being fashionably late.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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