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The Connaught Bar

Critics' choice
© Britta Jaschinski

Among the villas and mansions in the heart of Mayfair is one of the city’s best hotels – The Connaught is luxury on a different level and its two bars are both unsurprisingly stunning. The Coburg is clubbier and more discreet; The Connaught bar is sleek and stylish, becoming something of a scene on weekend nights. The design by David Collins brings pressed-powder shades and bold flourishes into the elegant Victorian conjoined rooms.

In terms of drinks and service, it’s hard to better, from the greeting and seating to the ultra-smooth waitresses. For the full Connaught experience, order the house martini – a bartender wheels up a beautiful trolley and offers a choice of bespoke bitters to accompany the high-end gins and vodkas, which are stirred and poured at your table. Two drinks won’t give you much change from £45, but bowls of very good nibbles offset it a bit.

Expensive, yes, but even an occasional visit here is a reminder of how good a hotel bar can be when money is no object and standards never waver.

Venue name: The Connaught Bar
Address: The Connaught
Carlos Place
Opening hours: Open 4pm-1am Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Bond Street or Green Park tube
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