Dukes Hotel

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3 Love It
© Rob Greig
© Rob Greig
© Rob Greig
© Rob Greig
St James'

If you are looking for a single, mind-blowingly strong, heartbreakingly delicious cocktail, in surroundings designed for talking rather than shouting, you’ve come to the right place. Dukes is one of London’s true classic bars, and justly famous for the theatrical presentation of martinis created on a tray brought out specially for you. But don’t neglect the rest of the list: the level of cocktail skill here is phenomenal. The drinks are among the most expensive in the city, but the bar snacks are fabulous. Take your drinks date through the cobbled streets of St James’s to Duke’s and you won’t fail to impress.

Venue name: Dukes Hotel
Address: 35 St James's Place
Opening hours: Open 2-11pm Mon-Sat; 4-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Green Park tube
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A quaint, sophisticated hotel bar in the centre of St James’. Took us a while to find the actual entrance but eventually we did!

The bar itself is somewhat small but very lavish. The waiters come over to explain the cocktails with delicate precision, depending on if you order the famous Martini, they bring over a trolley and create the cocktail in front of you.

Unfortunately, they don’t take reservations for a table but on a Saturday night at 6pm we only had to wait 20 minutes.

For all the Bond lovers, this is an absolute must and for people who like great martinis; get yourself over to Dukes asap!

Freire Barnes
moderatorStaff Writer

If you’re a martini drinker there is surely only one place to go in London and that’s to Duke’s. Often Hotel bars are to be avoided but it’s the polar opposite with this quaint, yes quaint, but in the best possible way, drinking institution. For one, it gave Fleming the idea for 007’s fav tipple, but more importantly it’ll be the best money you’ve ever spent on a drink, especially if you get martini maestro Alessandro Palazzi to concoct your drink from his trolley at your table.