Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Marylebone
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Although Artesian is tucked inside one of central London’s elite hotels, it does its best to maintain a down-to-earth edge. It’s a stunning room – epically tall ceilings, doric columns, blinging chandeliers, you get the picture – but you’ll never feel out of place on the more casual side of smart-casual. That’s probably down to friendly staff (on the smarter side of smart-casual, of course) who chicane around tables with complementary canapés.

While there’s people-watching to be done (there are a fair few media darlings propping up the bar), you’ve probably come for the cocktails. And with Alex Kratena – head bartender and a star of the drinks industry – crafting wacky drinks that come with their very own hashtag, there’s certainly the wow factor. Cocktails demonstrate spectacular balance, even when using mad ingredients (‘vodka, shochu, artichoke, coffee, yuzu, passion, coriander’, runs one description). And presentation is taken to showstopping levels… although it probably should be at £18 per glass.

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Winner of Drinks International's 'World's Best Bar' for four consecutive years, Artesian creates classic and innovative cocktails at the top of Regent Street and minutes away from Oxford Street. This perfect date-venue elevates bar food and drinks out of the ordinary and into the gourmet.
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By: Laura Richards


Venue name: Artesian
Address: The Langham
1C Portland Place
Opening hours: Open noon-2am Mon-Sat; noon-midnight Sun. Food served noon-midnight daily
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus tube
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As grand and chic as the hotel which hosts it, Artesian definitely takes the cocktail experience to the next level. Every drink has a story, a twist and a presentation you’re bound to carry with you long after you’ve sipped the last drop of the very tasty concotion in front of you. Ever wanted to drink tequila from a real cactus pot (real cactus included)? Try ‘La penca de la vida’, a smooth mix of tequila, montelobos and aloe vera. For a visual extravaganza, ‘Cocoon’ is a must. You will be presented with an elegant black box, resembling a jewellery case, open it carefully and you will see dozens of purple butterflies fluttering above your cocktail. Don’t worry, they are not real, but the projection screen inside the box does a pretty good job of creating a visually tasty cocktail. The list of discoveries goes on, with a hint of things to come already in the title (‘Forged by flames’, ‘Mind your step’, 'The calm before...' etc.) Artesian is certainly not a spot for a usual night out and will probably not become your go to weekend venue, but it does offer a unique experience, engaging your senses for a special cocktail experience. Definitely worth a visit for a night out with a twist.


Voted Best Bar in the World for 4 consecutive years..... Now I know why!

I came here to celebrate my bday and boy did I do good in choosing this location.. The drinks are nothing like you'd get in ordinary bars.. The cocktails have layers of flavours and the designs are just mind blowing! Such attention to detail and style... At £18 a pop you'd expect nothing less and boy do you get nothing less!

Immpecable service and beautiful decor... Go expecting to explore your cocktail palette but go prepared as its easy to get carried away and spend a fortune! God knows I did lol

I highly recommend the "chamelion crystals"and "suspended in time"! Those are the names of my favs! They won't disappoint

Boyd N

I loved this bar. Cocktails were impeccable and the staff was nearly perfect. My only complaint is that some of the ways the cocktails are delivered are very gimmicky. Focus on the cocktails themselves and you won't be let down

Laura B

This bar's reputation is huge: "the best bar in the world" and does indeed live up to this. Staff are elegant and refined but in no way look down on you which is refreshing. Quite the opposite in fact - they are friendly and patient with all questions. The decor is elegant and the cocktails are sublime. They are not cheap (£18 for alcohol and £10 per mocktail) but they are crafted to perfection and presented in a way that had everyone whipping their phones out for a photo opportunity. The snacks provided were also delicious - nuts coated with a spicy rub created in-house. The perfect place for a memorable evening. No reservation policy so you could be waiting a while for a table but don't let that put you off. 

Charly Lester
moderatorStaff Writer

Great location, imaginative cocktail list and a very high-end feel.  Worth a visit to see what all the hype's about!