The savvy team at InStyle have chosen the Blue Room, designed by Timothy Oulton, as one of their top five contenders for the most beautiful bars and restaurants in the world.  The magazine pored over the 217-strong shortlist for the prestigious Restaurant & Bar Design Awards being held this September, searching out their favourites.

The historic Blue Room at the Los Angeles Athletic Club was relaunched last year after first opening in 1912. Timothy Oulton’s modern reinvention marries the club’s iconic heritage with a fresh, daring viewpoint. Members enter through a trick bookcase and a clandestine stairwell that was used during Prohibition.

Read the full article by InStyle here and stay tuned for the award winners this September.