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The vintage beauty of The Rosebery in the British countryside

The vintage beauty of The Rosebery in the British countryside

LONDON, United Kingdom − “A sort of private members club on wheels.” This is the way how Simon Davis, the man behind The Rosebery, proudly defines his creation, a mobile restaurant and bar which is currently travelling to parties across Great Britain and Europe.

Keeping alive one of the icons of the traditional London transport, “The London Routemaster”, the 1966 diesel double-decker was sent to pension in 2005 when she travelled Rosebery Avenue, in the neighbourhood of Islington, for the last time. She would have been destined to rot if it had not been for Simon, who decided to convert her into the most glamorous, height-of-luxury 1930’s style dining room and cocktail bar of England.

The making of "The Rosebery cocktail"

The making of “The Rosebery cocktail”

The Rosebery was named after her last glorious route as Simon explained: “I love the name because it is very British, it has real emotional sense for this bus and it was also the name of our former Prime Minister.” This London iconic bus is now cheeringly travelling across the British countryside, boasting her elegance of a party bus for events.

I have always had an obsession with Routemaster buses, which I believe to be one of the greatest designs of all times. I love their design, so I wanted to do it properly: there has been really no expense spare as I sourced the best quality oak and the most beautiful leatherhouse. I got the most wonderful upholsterer who worked for Bentley and Aston Martin and is doing all the leather.”

And in keeping with the old-school vibe, Simon managed to find space in the bus also for a games cupboard filled with quintessentially British pastimes like croquet, badminton and chess. The Rosebery seats up to 22 people or can accommodate 40 for a cocktail party, whereas upstairs, the roof has been sliced off with a fancy hydraulics system so that, on warm sunny days, it comes off with the flick of a switch increasing the number of guests standing.

Foodwise, the passengers can choose to have the bus parked near one of many top-class restaurants in London, or else use its own barbecue grill.

Whilst The Rosebery does not have a kitchen on board, it does have a very smart grill which sits alongside her. The Rosebery Grill will be dressed in matching livery to The Rosebery bus and can be hired separately. Although we can operate our own oyster bar when we partner with Wilton’s of Jermyn St in May, I would define the cuisine a medley of Modern British Classics: on one side, we have contact with the Country’s leading chefs and restaurants; on the other, we endeavour to use seasonal food, sourced locally, wherever possible.”

The venture has been so successful that a second vintage Routemaster has recently been bought and is currently being renovated – the founder has over-the-Pond plans for the iconic means of transportation. There is nothing better than a classic with a modern twist, so we are looking forward to seeing what is next after this travel must, Mr Davis!

London by night... a romantic touch from a very exclusive view!

London by night… a romantic touch from a very exclusive view!

Courtesy and Photography by: The Rosebery | Website: www.therosebery.com
Elisabetta Dell Antonia About the author

A stylish fashionista and sporty runner, brings insights into the luxury goods industry. Holds a Master’s in Economics and Foreign Languages and with a career in luxury PR, she is always up-to-date with the latest fashion trends, events and social happenings.