Hotel Café Royal is only a few streets away from Heddon Street where the famous cover of David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was shot and where a plaque today celebrates this historical event.
Now Café Royal – the iconic location which hosted the likes of Oscar Wilde and that Bowie / Ziggy Stardust’s retirement party – pays homage to Ziggy Stardust with the opening of new bar themed around Bowie’s inventive alter-ego. Lou Reed and Mick Jagger were among some of the A-listers at that party hosted on 3rd July 1973 and dubbed The Last Supper, straight after Bowie announced on stage at the Hammersmith Odeon that the show was “the last that we’ll ever do” in what is considered now a legendary-performance.
Ziggy’s offers a range of cocktails inspired both by David Bowie’s life, with each drink named after a lyric from the record: Darkness and Disgrace, Animal Grace, Tiger on Vaseline and Femme Fatale.
The room features a curated selection of photography of David Bowie by non-other than music photographer and icon Mick Rock, who was Bowie’s official photographer during the last years of Ziggy’s career. The selection includes some of the most well-known images of David Bowie (Life on Mars blue suit later worn by Kate Moss for a Vogue cover anyone?) alongside some more intimate and rarely seen before photographs.
Adjacent to the newly opened restaurant Laurent, helmed by internationally renowned chef Laurent Tourondel, on the first floor, the new Ziggy’s bar serves a modern twist on some of Bowie’s favourite drinks.