I arrived first and found all the tables reserved at 4:30pm. However, staff give you a table when you ask for it.
I ordered the Prohibition Punch made with passion fruit juice, Appleton Rum Estate VX, Gran Gala and Moet & Chandon champagne. I liked the fact the champagne was added at the table but it was an uninteresting fruit punch and there no free bar snacks. You needed something to eat with it and so I ordered truffle popcorn and took in the incredible double height panelled room.
The room was the private office of financier John Campbell and first leased in 1923. It was decorated to resemble a 13th Century Florentine Palace.
My first New York based friend then arrived. It was so good to catch up with her. When my second friend arrived, who I know from work in Qatar, he was given a folding chair to sit on, despite there being lots of comfortable chairs still free in the room.
The bar was quiet when we arrived but packed with people by 6:30pm and the three of us had a blast there. My friend was so generous to pick up the entire tab.
🐻🐻🐻🐻(4 out of 5 ‘teddies’) - it is a stunning venue for drinks but lost a 'teddy' because of the lack of free bar snacks and the cheap looking paper napkins. My tip: make sure you tell the staff what is going to be the full extent of your group, when you first arrive, so they allocate you a suitable table.
I had to start my last evening in New York somewhere special and had read lots about the Campbell Apartment in Grand Central and a number of friends had recommended it.
Si Frew has lived in the UK, Bermuda, Qatar, Cyprus & the Cayman Islands. During this time he met Whoopi Goldberg (in Claridge's), Mike Tyson (in the Concorde Lounge at JFK) , Gordon Ramsay (in the Doha Four Seasons), Chris Eubanks (in The Dorchester), Cherie Blair (in Bermuda & again in the Doha Four Seasons) etc. There are funny stories attached to all these interactions, feel free to ask Si about them when you meet him.