An immersive journey of taste at The Blue Bar at The Berkeley
I’m at The Blue Bar at The Berkeley today to try out their new Out Of The Blue experience. Described as a fully immersive journey of taste, sights, sounds and even smells, I can’t wait to see how the evening will unfold.
The Out Of The Blue experience is tailored for up to four guests to experience a multi-sensory journey at The Blue Bar at The Berkeley.
We soon find out that the experience is a marriage of skills, utilizing technology from projection experts Igloo and sensory specialists Sensiks. Together, they have created specially-designed film and molecular scents to pair alongside bespoke drinks from The Blue Bar at The Berkeley. Very exciting.
Once we all arrive, we are taken to an exclusive enclave deep in the heart of the hotel, where the evening begins.
The Out of the Blue experience
The sealed-off 360-degree projection room is just big enough for four people to sit. After bundling in and arranging ourselves on the fluffy chairs, the experience begins.
Arranged in front of us are four vessels, each filled with a unique drink inspired from the Blue Bar’s True Colours menu. We work our way through the set, and each drink is accompanied by its own multi-sensory journey.
Alongside this are the sights and sounds. The projections flash on and beautiful, abstract imagery appears. At intervals, scents and fragrances fill the air. There are the more obvious smells of pineapple and toffee, and as the journey goes on so it gets more complex.
Soon there are other smells – from the minerality of cold, shallow streams gushing across rock, to open, wide, arid planes of the mid-west.
Each scent is accompanied by the graphics that surround us, crystal clear acoustics and sips of those mysterious drinks.
A journey through taste, sight, sound & smell
Throughout the experience we are invited to discuss what we think might be inside the vessels that we sip from – the clues are in smells and sights around us. After each vessel is finished the contents of the drinks are revealed, and we marvel at how much more we enjoyed and appreciated the tastes when they were accompanied with sounds, images and smells. This is especially so for the Laurent-Perrier drink, which is that much more effervescent and other-worldly when experienced in this way.
Half an hour later and the experience draws to a close, and it has been a truly unique one. By stripping away the traditional cues, the Out of the Blue experience promotes reflection. As such, we come away with a renewed sense of calm, of bonding with each other, and of taking the time to actually be in the here and now.
All in all, the Out Of The Blue experience at The Blue Bar at The Berkeley has been beautiful. It has been stylish, understated, and everything that you would expect from a hotel of this calibre. Therefore, I couldn’t recommend it strongly enough!
The Blue Bar at The Berkeley Hotel, Knightsbridge
Address – The Berkeley, Wilton Pl, Belgravia, London SW1X 7RL, UK
Website – Out of the Blue at The Blue Bar at The Berkeley Hotel
Phone – 020 7235 6000
Nearest Tube – Knightsbridge Station
Our experience at The Blue Bar at The Berkeley was complimentary, this does not affect our review in any way. All views are our own and as ever we aim to provide useful and honest feedback.