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The Blue Bar at the Berkeley, London

David Collins designed some of the most luxurious restaurants and bars in the world. My family and I were in London when news broke that the interior designer had tragically passed. During that very trip, we visited one of his most iconic spots, The Blue Bar at the Berkeley Hotel. Though not a restaurant, I will never forget my experience there. We sat on the white stools at the bar, in awe of the bartenders, who are more like circus acrobats, gracefully juggling, flipping, and twirling the bottles of alcohol, fruit, and glassware. I've never seen so much detail and care given to cocktails in my life. I will never forget the garnish on my Violeta cocktail: a passion fruit half, balanced daintily on top of a tiny silver spoon.

— Anna Monette Roberts, assistant editor

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