Not just any old hotel bar.
As I walk in to the reception of the The Kensington hotel, the low hum to my left is unmistakable: the sound of a lively bar, where people are having fun. There’s no more inviting noise in the world. At early evening, The K Bar benefits from guests either returning or preparing for a night out. Either way, they’re after top-notch drinks and have come to the right place.
Table service is as good as you’d expect from a quality hotel, with oak-panelled walls and a marble-topped bar adding to the air of opulence. It’s a relatively small area and despite large, comfy sofas lining the walls, you might struggle to find a seat at peak times. But that all adds to the aforementioned buzz, really.
Cocktails, meanwhile, are competitively priced and, above all, expertly mixed. My Sazerac (£10) was ‘almost’ as good as you’d get anywhere in London – and that’s saying something in a city that’s fully embraced the Louisiana drink. For the nightcap crowd, there’s even a menu of dessert drinks (such as the Crème Brulée Martini, sweet tooth required).
What’s clear is that standards here are set high. Given west London’s dearth of decent cocktail bars, this could be either a blessing or a curse. As The K Bar’s head barman points out, ‘People usually like to move on when they go out. But when they come here there’s nowhere near for before or after.’ My tip? Stay at The K Bar for one more instead.
|Venue name:||The K Bar|
109 -113 Queen's Gate
|Transport:||Tube: South Kensington|
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Average User Rating
4.7 / 5
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My new jewel in the centre of queensgate London, The bar and the interiors is well decorated and the ambience is top notch. We came here for a drink before dinner and ended up changing our plans and stayed here instead till late night. The servers are really friendly too and the bar food is delicious.
An Amazing and well designed cocktail and whisky bar, The food is awesome too. My personal preference was the kensington burger followed by a maallan gold in the end for truly crisp adventure on your tongue. the mixologists here are one of the best and friendly too.
If you are looking for a good cocktail this is the place it is not one of those cheesy little English pubs on every corner.
The bartenders are the stars here and both of the last times I've been, I've described the sorts of flavours I like and they've come up with something amazing off menu. Yesterday I was in the mood for a scotch-based something not too sweet or fruity, and he suggested a cool drink which was like a lemony Old Fashioned with absinthe that gave it an aniseedy aftertaste. Sublime!
Where do you begin with a review from this place we were both speechless and it lived up to the hype for us. If you plan to go we highly and mean highly recommend a reservation as it's not to big inside and people sit for long times to enjoy the delicious drinks.
I love how they course it out so you start with something sweet, have something fun and then finish with beautiful presentation.
Great food and great selection of cocktails, I was here because of the sip smith band playing and the experience was great.
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