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American Bar at the Beaumont

Bars and pubs, Hotel bars Mayfair
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
The American Bar (© Ming Tang-Evans)
© Ming Tang-Evans
The American Bar (© Ming Tang-Evans)
© Ming Tang-Evans
The American Bar (© Ming Tang-Evans)
© Ming Tang-Evans
The American Bar (© Ming Tang-Evans)
© Ming Tang-Evans

It’s an often-repeated fact among bar buffs in London that there were only two American bars left in London – at the swanky Savoy and the suave Stafford hotel in St James’s. This sophisticated sort of cocktail bar was imported to London from the US around the turn of the century, and brought with it all the art deco flourish and dimly lit extravagance we like to associate with that era. It was about as far from the British pub as a drinking experience could get.

But add another to the list – the brand new Beaumont hotel in Mayfair has an American bar, and it’s (almost) as good as the other two. The only thing stopping it from being quite such a destination for a superbly dated style of service is that it serves as a throughway for restaurant diners.

Everything else about it fits the bill perfectly. For a hotel only opened late in 2014, the lobby and bar have a timeless elegance about them. Service is Stateside slick. Cocktails are strong and liberating: just the sort of thing Prohibitionists would have hated. Free snacks – candied nuts and olives – are refilled. The room is wood-panelled, dark and discreet, with portraits of twentieth-century American greats looking down approvingly from the walls. Stop here for an Americano, or a Bronx, or just a martini, made the way they would have been 100 years ago. And one of the best things about the Beaumont: it’s about two minutes’ walk from Oxford Street. There’s no excuse for dropping by a chain bar or West End drinking barn after a shopping trip now.

By: Euan Ferguson


Venue name: American Bar at the Beaumont
Address: Brown Hart Gardens
Transport: Tube: Bond Street, Marble Arch
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Hidden gem down a side street near Bond Street tube station. Inside you come to a very relaxed, dark, American themed bar. We were welcomed with excellent table service, nibbles of flavoured roasted almonds & green olives. I had 3 cocktails, all perfectly created, fresh, alcoholic and full of flavour... with a price tag to match 😝 however, everything including the ambience and atmosphere was too class so 5 stars from me :)


Turning the corner of The Ritz Hotel and walking down St James you arrive at a little side road named, ‘Blue Ball Yard’. It is across here that the quiet outside gardens and warm heaters of the American Bar can be found, at the back of The Stafford Hotel. Inside the bar has a living room feel with its leather sofas, soft pillows, mellow music and not a bare wall in sight. Every surface of the place is covered in American memorabilia and souvenirs, footballs, signed photos of celebrities, trophies, stuffed bears, medals and toys. This gives an otherwise bland upmarket hotel bar a breath of character and intrigue. 

The drinks on offer are rather limited and very pricey with most cocktails being around 18 pounds. I would recommend the Spitfire, a sweet vanilla cocktail with champagne and passion fruit. I just wish there had been more of it! 

Through the lobby there is also a fine dining restaurant and selection of sofas by an open fireplace, making this the perfect refuge on a cold winters evening. 

This is a real authentic American bar with a great Chicago feel to it. I've visited twice and had two great party nights. I can highly recommend the bar especially for somewhere to visit with your work colleague straight from work.

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