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Fashion flocks to new bar, The Walrus Room
September 9, 2015
With hand curated Victorian antiques adorning every wall and a full range of the latest in experimental drinks, The Walrus Room hopes to be Clapham’s answer to the next conceptual cocktail bar. Candid visited the space for a private event along with some of London’s most important tastemakers.
Despite mimicking the ambience of the antique fairs from which owners Nathan Engerlbrecht and Alice Horlick acquired their ornamentation, the intimate bar in South West London brings together a range of items to create a home-grown Victorian wonderland. With their respective backgrounds in film production and design, the owners hope this project will fulfil the growing demand for an artisanal drinking experience.
The Walrus Room’s in-house cocktail specialist combines experimental ingredients to match the quirky titles of their Through the Looking Glass-themed drinks, all of which originate from the Lewis Caroll poem from which the bar was named: The Walrus and The Carpenter. Whilst the drinks on offer range from ales to champagnes, the bar’s selling point lies with its unique and quirky décor. Renowned illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve thought The Walrus Room had “a really cool ambience” and Cherie Salmon of Harrods enjoyed sipping the “beautiful cocktails” – the bar welcomes the most creative of revellers.
Along with a tasting of drinks and luxury canapés, The Walrus Room played host to the SS16 preview of co-owner, Alice’s luxury handbag line AEHVA London. Guests were able to experience exquisite drinks, the buzzing ambience and a London Fashion Week preview of one of the most talked about handbag brands in the UK. With an architectural aesthetic and a stunningly bright colour palette, the beauty of the handbags spoke for themselves. Whilst excited by her imminent London Fashion Week showcase and the hype centred round her newest collection, Alice still spoke of the ‘personal’ nature of The Walrus Room and how their reliance on organic growth to date means “all the exciting marketing is yet to come.”
Despite the bar’s launch being only a matter of weeks ago, co-owner Nathan, who is also a film producer, spoke of his next exciting venture. With an ambition to “combine DJs and bartending with in-house residencies at a yet undisclosed venue,” the project aims to fulfil a newly discovered niche.
Open 6:00pm until late, Tuesday through Saturday, The Walrus Room is now available for bookings and walk-in drinks. For a unique bar experience that submerges you into your very own wonderland experience, The Walrus Room comes highly recommended.
Words by Madeline Ralph
Photographs by Rupsi Gill