Press Release Date: 05 May, 2009

Carbon Bar at The Cumberland hotel has been recognised as the premier nightspot at this year’s prestigious Restaurant and Bar Design Awards - walking off with both the ‘UK’s Best Bar’ and ‘Best Designed Bar’ prizes.

The stylish bar – famed for its surprising mix of minimalist chic and industrial glamour ¬¬– was created by top designer Mark Bithrey from B3 Designers, who used New York and Shoreditch as his inspiration.

Features include a Chain Room, with chains suspended from the ceiling to the floor to create a semi private function room; a private Champagne Bar with impressive 5m high Champagne wall; a wall of stacked barrels emphasising the industrial warehouse feel; a 12.5m bar created from concrete blocks; and a DJ booth in a unique position suspended above the bar and floating mezzanine.

Stuart Chappell, General Manager of The Cumberland, comments:
“We are thrilled the Carbon Bar has picked up these celebrated awards, cementing The Cumberland’s place as one of London’s best night’s out. As home to the Michelin-starred Rhodes W1 restaurant, the hotel offers the ultimate in fine dining as well as entertainment. ”

The Cumberland in Marble Arch is part of the Guoman Hotels portfolio, a collection of deluxe hotels located in central London also including Charing Cross, The Tower and The Royal Horseguards. Whilst each hotel in the portfolio is different, with its own unique identity and style, each provides the very highest levels of comfort and service to its guests.