The beginning of the 20th century in St Petersburg is known for its incredible contribution to the architectural image of the city. One of the most important architects of that period was Fedor Lidval, mostly known for his northern modern architecture.
His first large-scale building, Lidval’s House at Kamennoostrovsky prospekt, placed him among the ranks of the city’s top architects. My favorite project by Lidval is Tolstoy’s House on the Fontanka embankment. He’s also famous for Nobel’s Town, the buildings of Azov-Don Commercial Bank and Astoria Hotel.
In my opinion the best way to enjoy this northern modern style is to sip a glass of wine in the Lobby Bar of Grand Hotel Europe. It was also designed by Lidval and shows the subtle mixture of different materials, floral ornaments, stained-glass windows and quite light – main attributes of his style.
I love to come here to have a glass of something sparkling before going to Shostakovich’s Philharmonic Hall that is just across the road. It’s a wonderful place for a romantic date, a lunch with foreign guests or a 5 o’clock tea. There is a piano, every evening you can enjoy live concerts of old-fashioned music.
This stylish, elegant and I’d say posh bar is a great place to surprise someone with the exclusive interior, perfectly made cocktails, warm atmosphere, charming music that hardly changed during the last century. If you’d prefer your partner to be shocked, order some caviar from the Caviar Bar of the hotel. It won’t be forgotten.