The Royal Bell opened its doors for only the second time in the last 10 years on Saturday 21st September 2019 as as part of the Open House London event. Over 500 local people came to see inside the Grade II listed building, enjoying both unique access to the property and an exhibition of its history.
Members of Bromley CAMRA with Daniel Lane (The Bell Tap)
The original Bell Tap (left) circa 1907
The historic venue is due to open its doors on a more regular basis in the near future, with the opening of the ground floor spaces at the front of the building (on the high street) as The Bell Tap, an independently run craft bar serving real ale, craft gin and fine wine.
Daniel Lane, The Bell Tap founder says “We are really excited to have been offered this unique opportunity to open a bar in such a significant landmark building in the heart of Bromley. We have been delighted by how fantastically our plans have been received by the local community and really look forward to welcoming everyone for a pint very soon!”
The buildings owner, Gary Hillman, is also in talks with unique hospitality brands to open the rear area of the ground floor with an exciting food offering and to host a whole range of music events in the historic first floor ballroom – watch this space!
Managing Director of Hillman & Sons, Gary Hillman says “We are pleased that the Bell Tap will once again be an important part of The Royal Bell Hotel just as it was when the building opened in 1898. In addition, we are looking to open nine boutique luxury bedroom suites upstairs, launch the ballroom as an Arts & Music venue and to provide unique food offerings in the existing historic building which will compliment the main hotel extension”