In a library-like atmosphere of dark wood and low lighting, the bar staff at the Gore Hotel in South Kensington go about their business of providing drinks and bar food to an affluent clientele.
The drinks list is extensive, with a large set of original cocktails playing a major role. Wines are international in scope, and the champagne list begins with Beaumont des Crayères and rises through Bollinger and Taittinger to the expensive heights of Krug, Dom Perignon and Cristal. There is a large selection of single malt and a slightly smaller one of rum. Bar food ranges all over the globe, and takes the form of sandwiches, salads, tapas and other small plates, large platters.
Prices for both food drinks are around the average for a place at this level of luxury, around £10-11 for a glass of bubbly or a cocktail, and tapas at £4-5.