Best bars in London – Hotel bars

Time Out recommends the best hotel bars in the capital, where the drinks and service are so good, you'll want to stay the night

Britta Jaschinski

Not only are London's top hotels fantastic to stay in, but many of them are also fantastic to drink in. From classic cocktails to stunning surroundings, the capital is home to many great hotel bars including Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental and Artesian at the Langham Hotel.

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London's best hotel bars


The Langham Hotel is one of those high-ceilinged, marble-pillared palaces that many well-padded visitors, yet few resident Londoners, seem to visit. But it’s worth getting your best togs on just to admire David Collins’s design of this handsome room.
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West End

Blue Bar at The Berkeley

The name isn’t just a caprice: this David Collins-designed bar really is as blue as a Billie Holiday album. The sky-blue armchairs, the deep-blue ornate plasterwork and the navy-blue leather-bound menus combine with discreet lighting to striking effect. It’s a see-and-be-seen place, but staff treat all-comers like royalty, and the cocktails are a masterclass in sophistication.
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Hyde Park

Brumus Bar at Haymarket Hotel

Everything screams for attention at the Haymarket Hotel’s bright, almost brash bar, though the kaleidoscope of pink and red, patterned with geometrics on the bar stools and florals on the sofas, may not be to everyone’s taste.
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Trafalgar Square

Lobby Bar at One Aldwych

It’s hard not to be wowed by the soaring space, with its triffid-sized flower arrangements, elegant pillars and ceiling-height windows; but the majesty of the room is lent intimacy by high-backed armchairs, comfortable sofas and shimmering candles.
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Forgot to mention The Rivoli bar at the Ritz, Bassoon Bar at Corinthia, Blue Bar at Berkeley, American Bar at Savoy..

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Celeste Burgas

I recently tried The Lounge at the Mercure Kensington. Pleasently surprised. Nice atmosphere, food and drinks. Worth giving it a try.