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© Bernard ZIEJAmai
© Bernard ZIEJAmai
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© Bernard ZIEJAmai
© Bernard ZIEJAmai
© Bernard ZIEJAmai

Although Artesian is tucked inside one of central London’s elite hotels, it does its best to maintain a down-to-earth edge. It’s a stunning room – epically tall ceilings, doric columns, blinging chandeliers, you get the picture – but you’ll never feel out of place on the more casual side of smart-casual. That’s probably down to friendly staff (on the smarter side of smart-casual, of course) who chicane around tables with complementary canapés.

While there’s people-watching to be done (there are a fair few media darlings propping up the bar), you’ve probably come for the cocktails. And with Alex Kratena – head bartender and a star of the drinks industry – crafting wacky drinks that come with their very own hashtag, there’s certainly the wow factor. Cocktails demonstrate spectacular balance, even when using mad ingredients (‘vodka, shochu, artichoke, coffee, yuzu, passion, coriander’, runs one description). And presentation is taken to showstopping levels… although it probably should be at £18 per glass.

Venue name: Artesian
Address: The Langham
1C Portland Place
Opening hours: Open noon-2am Mon-Sat; noon-midnight Sun. Food served noon-midnight daily
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus tube
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Laura B

This bar's reputation is huge: "the best bar in the world" and does indeed live up to this. Staff are elegant and refined but in no way look down on you which is refreshing. Quite the opposite in fact - they are friendly and patient with all questions. The decor is elegant and the cocktails are sublime. They are not cheap (£18 for alcohol and £10 per mocktail) but they are crafted to perfection and presented in a way that had everyone whipping their phones out for a photo opportunity. The snacks provided were also delicious - nuts coated with a spicy rub created in-house. The perfect place for a memorable evening. No reservation policy so you could be waiting a while for a table but don't let that put you off. 

Charly Lester
moderatorStaff Writer

Great location, imaginative cocktail list and a very high-end feel.  Worth a visit to see what all the hype's about!