This wonderful bar occupies the hallowed ground that began life as Dick’s Bar, when Brasserie Zédel was the Atlantic Bar & Grill and the great Dick Bradsell was the man behind the bar. Zédel has installed a great crew, both behind the bar and front of house. And they’ve kept the beautiful art deco decor and the widely spaced tables, which are a major factor in keeping noise levels down even when the place is full. We love the brevity and simplicity of the cocktail list: just 18 drinks and most of them tried and tested classics. Martinis, manhattans and daiquiris are all expertly rendered, and you can get the true Vesper, James Bond’s own-recipe martini made with gin, vodka and Lillet Blanc. For a quiet drink in the West End without paying ultra-high prices, you can’t do much better than the Américain.