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Raffles The Bosphorus - Lavinia Lounge

Lavinia Lounge

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Lobby Lounge With Fascinating Artworks and Exquisite High Tea

Lavinia Lounge is the beating heart of Raffles Istanbul. Located in the middle of the light-filled lobby, it is a place in constant motion – a place to meet friends over cups of fragrant coffee and sugar-dusted Turkish delight, before wandering arm-in-arm through the connected walkway to the Zorlu Center. Or, choose to linger awhile over a healthy quinoa salad and a classic club sandwich, or succulent meats fresh from the grill. As you watch the ebb and flow of your fellow guests arriving and departing through the lobby, take a moment to unwind and appreciate the incredible artworks that make Lavinia so special.

The centrepiece is French photographer Jean-Francois Rauzier’s hyper-realistic interpretation of the Dolmabahçe Palace. Some aspects, such as the vast chandelier gifted by Queen Victoria and the crystal balustrades of the grand staircase, you may recognise from your own wanderings through Beşiktaş’ most beautiful Ottoman palace. The lions, jaguars and flamingoes, however, are fanciful additions inspired by Rauzier’s own Dream of Istanbul. Other artistic highlights on show at Lavinia include Martin Dawe’s abstract bronze sculpture while the gilded, geometric patterns on the walls and ceiling are influenced by motifs from Turkey’s historic Seljuk Empire.

Lavinia Lounge becomes Istanbul’s place to be every afternoon during the decadent High Tea, an authentic experience accompanied by live piano music and traditionally British sandwiches, cakes and scones.

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Opening hours

Monday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
High Tea served daily from 3:00 – 6:00 pm

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'+90 212 924 02 00

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