Vampire Lestat Inspired ‘The Savage Garden’ Opens in London

Why are you dressed like a 1990s goth?

I’m going to check out Savage Garden

Are we in a time warp? Didn’t Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones split up in 2001?

Not the band, silly, the new bar in Tower Hill. It also is named in honour of the phrase “Beauty was a Savage Garden” from The Vampire Chronicles novels by Anne Rice.

Wasn’t one of those books made into that 1994 film Interview With The Vampire starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt?

Correct.

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So we really are in a Gothic time warp?

What’s wrong with that? It’s supposed to be London’s wildest new venue.

OK we’ll bite. Why?

The blurb says it is “a study in experimentation and temptation” and invites visitors to “enter a decadent and twisted world, 12 storeys above, and far removed from the corporate streets of the city below, a bar where the botanical becomes brutal, the atmosphere is unapologetically untamed, and the cocktail serves savage”.

Do you believe everything you read?

Not if you’ve written it.

Your fangs are out. Presumably ready to nibble on some succulent delights?

Yes. The all-day dining menu offers small plates and feasting boards, designed for sharing. Think blackened sesame prawn toast with bacon jam; charred octopus with fennel, orange chermoula and toasted kasha; and pork tomahawk with black pudding fries and salsa verde.

Plus until June 25 guests can get 50% off food and 25% off drinks when they pre-book via Bookatable.

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Like the Vampire Lestat we prefer liquid refreshment...

Yes. We know. Head of mixology André Cavalheiro tells us to “expect the unexpected” from his concoctions with a staggering lack of originality. These include the Horny Beast, mixed with Beefeater Pink Gin, coconut rum, lime juice and apple and rhubarb soda. For something a little darker, try the Devil’s Advocate, a twisted take on a margarita, made with tequila, grapefruit juice, creme de cassis, lemon and sugar, finished with sage leaves and a drop of the mysteriously named Savage Hot Stuff.

Sounds intriguing but I wanna stand with you on a mountain, I wanna bathe with you in the sea...

Well it is on the 12th floor of the snappily named DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel London – Tower of London, with two terraces and views of landmarks including The Shard, Tower of London, The Gherkin and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Will it be my dream, my wish, my fantasy?

If you’re into plush velvet finishes, marble floors, secretive screened corners, bespoke artwork, glass reflect London’s urban landscape and colour to assault the senses with soft lavenders and rose pinks set off by burnt oranges.

I truly, madly, deeply do hope Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones will be reuniting for a performance there?

In August 2007, Hayes’ response to a reunion query was: “No, never. I once said I’d only do it if it cured cancer, and that’s still how I feel.”

Truly savage. So who will be providing the entertainment?

Bosses say they will be a “roster of exciting DJs and musicians”.

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Ooh, I want you, I don’t know if I need you

Why are you always so moody? I knew I loved you, before I met you.

Wasn’t Kirsten Dunst in the video for that song?

Yes. Five years after she starred in Interview With The Vampire.

Mind. Blown.

Do say: I think I dreamed you into life

Don’t say: Does it come in blood flavour?

Go to https://www.savagegarden.co.uk/ for more information

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