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Time Out recommend the best hotels bars in the capital



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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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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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  1. Langham Hotel, 1C Portland Place, W1B 1JA
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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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  1. The Berkeley, (Wilton Place), SW1X 7RL
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Beaufort Bar at The Savoy

Following the £220m revamp, The Savoy’s devotion to debonaire drinking now stretches beyond the iconic American Bar. The Beaufort might be the second bar, but second-division it is not. It’s a considerably more salubrious space to sip than the American Bar, and combines a wow-factor interior with good service and top-quality (if pricey) drinks.
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  1. The Savoy, (100 Strand), WC2R 0EW
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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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  1. Haymarket Hotel, 1 Suffolk Place, SW1Y 4BP
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The Connaught Bar and Coburg Bar at The Connaught

There's no velvet rope barring your way to the Coburg Bar: you can just walk straight on in. And once you've done so, the service will be faultless.The hotel's other bar, Connaught Bar, is both cosy and elegant, with a conspiratorial duskiness. Read Connaught Bar review and read Coburg Bar review

  1. The Connaught, Carlos Place, W1K 2AL
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Dukes Hotel

Dukes Hotel has changed hands a few times in recent years, but one thing remains unchanged: this is the hotel bar to visit for a martini.
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  1. 35 St James's Place, SW1A 1NY
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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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  1. One Aldwych, WC2B 4RH
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Mandarin Bar and Mandarin Oriental

Step out of the Knightsbridge chaos into the Mandarin Oriental's cool marble surrounds and you might initially expect to be greeted with a proper British colonial drinking experience. 
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  1. Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
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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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