BROOKLANDS AT THE PENINSULA LONDON
Brooklands is a restaurant like no other, offering uninterrupted views of London’s skyline and a distinct design inspired by its namesake, Brooklands racetrack – a venue synonymous with ground-breaking speed, flight, and adventure. The restaurant pairs the creative European cuisine of Chef Director Claude Bosi, with The Peninsula London’s signature service and style.
Brooklands racetrack was the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit. Constructed in Surrey in 1907, it was the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, home to the Concorde and the site of significant engineering achievements.
The journey and the destination
From racetrack to rooftop, the Brooklands journey begins on the ground floor, in the dedicated lobby lined with timber and Bentley lights. The space displays a rotating collection of rare memorabilia including the Napier Railton, the legendary aero-engined racing car, and the original Concorde nose cone. The elevator is a whimsical nod to a hot-air balloon ride, complete with a wicker-basket interior and red burner light to ‘power’ the ascent.
Guests arriving at the top floor of The Peninsula London will discover a host of spaces designed by architect Archer Humphryes. To the east, Brooklands Bar offers unrivalled views over London’s skyline and Buckingham Palace; and The Tasting Room, a cigar lounge and tabac. To the west, the Trophy Room, an introduction to the legacy of the racetrack, leads to the light-flooded rooftop restaurant and expansive terrace.
The dramatically sleek, modern dining room pays full-sensory tribute to the Concorde. An engineering marvel designed for aerodynamic efficiency, the jet was both a revered icon of high style and a supersonic symbol of the Franco-British partnership which began at Brooklands racetrack. An arresting scale replica, designed for the restaurant by Archer Humphryes and created by manufacturer Discommon, spans the entire ceiling. The aluminium model appears to soar above the dining tables, as projected light evokes movement and a floor-to-ceiling, digital artwork depicts abstract patterns to signify the journey through the atmosphere. Underfoot, the carpet displays the constellations as they would have been seen from the plane.
Many pieces of furniture are replicas from the original Concorde lounge; whilst the chairs are designed by French designer Pierre Paulin.
Adjacent to the dining room and open throughout the year, the terrace offers a superb vantage point for watching the sun set over Hyde Park, Belgravia, and Knightsbridge.
For exclusive gatherings, Brooklands’ private Mach II dining room – named for the speed at which the Concorde travelled – provides a striking and intimate space. The minimalist design features sycamore wall panels, gleaming white oak floors, and floor-to ceiling-windows offering panoramic views of London. Seating up to 22, Mach II offers bespoke menus created by Claude Bosi for private events.
A chef-led space
Brooklands tasting menus are crafted using the finest, sustainably sourced British ingredients and traditional French techniques, offering guests a modern yet classic fine-dining experience. Chef Director Claude Bosi and Chef de Cuisine Francesco Dibenedetto, whose longstanding culinary partnership has brought both acclaims, work closely together to create seven-, five-, and three-course menus that invite diners on a gastronomic journey across the British Isles.
Led by Restaurant Director Samuel Vouilloux, Brooklands’ team provides a memorable experience from lunch through to dinner, in a space that defines The Peninsula’s unparalleled hospitality. Seasonal, signature dishes are a roadmap of the UK, with Exmoor caviar with Roscoff onion and duck jelly; Great Fen Farm celeriac nosotto with crab and coconut; Racan guinea fowl with sea beet and Scottish razor clams; and Scottish cèpe, banana and crème fraîche for dessert.
The forward-thinking ethos of Brooklands’ design and cuisine is equally reflected in its exceptional wine list. The innovative collection, carefully curated by Brooklands’ Head Sommelier, Gioele Musco, reflects Lyon-born Bosi’s heritage with a focus on French vintages, alongside an expansive list of New World wines. Musco uses his experience at Alex Dilling at Hotel Café Royal and sketch to create inspired pairings to enhance the enjoyment of Chef Bosi’s cuisine.
Part theatre, part gallery, Brooklands Bar offers an unforgettable day-to-night rooftop destination. With floor-to-ceiling windows and unparalleled views over London’s most iconic landmarks, the light-filled space makes an idyllic beginning, middle, or end to the Brooklands journey.
Many of the bar’s distinctive design elements echo cutting-edge achievements in automotive and aviation design. The geodetic ceiling is inspired by the work of Barnes Wallis, who was instrumental in the development of airframe structures in the early 20th century. The carriage seating and leather-lined wall panelling recall those of the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost; the glass chandelier is inspired by the blades of its turbine engines. Posters and pictures, along with a library cabinet stocked with books, maps and historic items, have been gifted from Brooklands museum.
The bar’s private space, The Napier Railton Room, is an ode to the world lap record holder and can seat up to 16. The room, clad in burnished aluminium with brass hinges and copper rivets, has been painstakingly crafted to evoke the body work of a 1993 Napier Railton. Consoles and furniture reflect the early leather work pleating and stitching in car upholstery, whilst also incorporating details from classic luggage trunks seen on the BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) round-trip flights between London and Hong Kong.
Created by The Peninsula London’s Director of Mixology, Florian Thireau, the bar’s cocktails balance precision engineering with inventive creativity. The menu highlights classic libations reimagined using modern, daring and playful techniques and fresh, daily made ingredients including shrubs, tinctures and infused spirits. ALDRIN, for example, borrows the texture and freshness of a vodka sour with orange blossom liqueur, peppermint, pine, lemon and egg white; DISCO puts a tropical spin on a Negroni, with peach and passion fruit notes combined with Campari, sweet vermouth and pisco. Inventive mocktails are also showcased.
Gourmet beers and ciders, aperitifs, fine wines and spirits, and the exclusively distilled Mach II gin from Cambridge Distillery are also served at the bar. As accompaniment, Chef Bosi has created a menu of elevated bar fare, including Lobster roll; Welsh rarebit and pork rillettes; Leek tart and preserved black truffle; and Whelks with tartar sauce.
The Tasting Room and The Tabac
From an after-dinner cigar to long afternoons spent on the terrace, the aromas of roasting tobacco, spices and cedar wood welcome guests to The Tasting Room.
Hosted by Master of Cigars Manu Harit, The Tasting Room provides a rarefied and personalised cigar-enjoyment experience. Manu and his team take time to understand each guest’s personal preferences to offer considered cigar recommendations – not only from Cuba, but from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica as well. The space holds masterclasses to encourage new patrons; a small bar menu is available, with a focus on rare and fine spirits, and an exceptional pairing of cigars and Champagne.
Taking design inspiration from The Delage Car, the first car to win at Brooklands racetrack, The Tasting Room features dark-stained walnut panelling and a coffered ceiling above. The leather walls are lined with extractors to ensure no fume strays into the restaurant and bar.
The Tabac, with its magnificent detail in mahogany, brass, and cedar, is inspired by the famous racing car designs of Hispano Suiza. A humidor displays a collection of over 2,000 premier cigars from around the world: the highest quality collection in London. The hotel also houses the largest public cigar locker room in the world, with 280 lockers hidden underground, humidity- and temperature-controlled to exacting standards. Offering cigar enthusiasts the ability to order in advance, shop personal favourites at The Tabac, and store their private collections, The Tasting Room at The Peninsula London is the first of its kind.
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