Dorchester celebrates 80th Anniversary

Dorchester celebrates 80th Anniversary

The Dorchester hotel will be celebrating its 80th anniversary in a unique collaboration with international charity ‘Trees for Cities’ and the revival of a classic Dorchester cocktail to toast the special occasion.

The famous hotel opened its doors to the public on Monday 20th April 1931. Promoted as a venue for ‘aristocrats and industrialists, high finance, ambassadors and statesmen, pleasure-seekers and the Beautiful People,’ The Dorchester continues to be revered for its high-end service and luxurious events.

Inspired by The Dorchester’s own listed plane tree that has graced the entrance to Mayfair’s most famous address, the collaboration with Trees for Cities will see the Dorchester plant 80 ‘Future Great Trees’ in London. The Dorchester Anniversary walk will be compromised of 15 trees planted in Mayfair and St James’s. A further 65 ‘Future Great Trees’ will be planted across London aiming to create a legacy that will last hundreds of years, provide clean air and enhance the cityscape.

To add to the celebrations, The Bar at The Dorchester will reintroduce the long-forgotten ‘Dorchester of London’ to its celebrated cocktail menu. Originally the recipe of 1930s world-renowned bartender Harry Craddock, and resuscitated by Bar Manager Giuliano Morandin, the commemorative cocktail is a rum-based drink made with an exclusive ‘Forbidden Fruit’ liqueur which disappeared over 60 years ago. The brandy-citrus-honey essence has been reproduced with the aid of Bob’s Bitters and will be available exclusively at The Dorchester for a year.

Proceeds from the cocktail will go towards funding The Dorchester’s 80th Anniversary ‘Future Great Trees’ project.

To learn more about key moments from the hotel’s past – such as Prince Philip celebrating his stag night in the Park Suite the night before his marriage to Princess Elizabeth – go to

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