Trader Vic's

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Trader Vic's
Venue says Three-course meal with glass of wine for two (Sun-Sat) for £59 (dinner) instead of £114. Quote Time Out London at point of booking.

Trader Vic's retro bar and restaurant has been situated in London's Hilton, Park Lane, since 1963. Its tiki lounge vibes effuse the era it opened and bring a little of the Pacific to the city. The walls and ceiling are clad in bamboo and straw mats, with aboriginal-esque prints and sculptures, and ocean-themed trinkets around the place 

The menu boasts global cuisine cooked in Chinese wood-fired ovens, ranging from the Mediterranean to the Middle East via East Asia. Enjoy a surf and turf luau (barbecue ribeye steak and whole barbecue lobster) for dinner, or snack on mango chili spring rolls and finish up with rum ice cream.

The tropical theme runs through the drinks menu, too, with a whopping 200+ signature cocktails to choose from, as well as a selection of South African, Australian, Spanish, French, Italian, Chilean and American wines. You can also catch live music performances, DJs and carnival-esque parties.

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Trader Vic's says
For a great exotic getaway, discover the wonderful world of Trader Vic’s, which will transport you to a tropical escape. Decades ahead of his time, Vic “The Trader” Bergeron chose to offer Chinese dishes alongside the then contemporary Continental cuisine, creating the original fusion menu. Today, Trader Vic’s continues the tradition with an ever-evolving menu featuring dishes from the Mediterranean, Middle East, Asia, and Japan.
Taste the world at Trader Vic’s and enjoy the subtle smoky flavours imparted by our Chinese wood-fired ovens, an ancient cooking method dating back to the Han Dynasty, with dishes like Indonesian rack of lamb or our fork-tender BBQ spare ribs.
Taste the collection of over 200 Trader Vic’s signature cocktails.
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Venue name: Trader Vic's
Address: London Hilton Park Lane
22 Park Lane
Opening hours: 6-11.30pm daily; Bar: 5pm-1am Sun-Thu; 5pm-3am Fri, Sat
Transport: Tube: Hyde Park Corner
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I've waited a long time to go to Trader Vic's, the classic London tiki bar in the Park Lane Hilton. Located in the basement of the hotel, the Polynesian theming is apparent as soon as you step through the doors and down the winding staircase. It's a cavernous space that's separated into a number of different areas you could imagine being cordoned off for large groups and private parties. For a London bar, the theming is top notch. There's plenty of detail, from the bartenders' shirts to the drinks themselves. The ceiling is always a good test of how much effort a venue has put into theming, and Trader Vic's doesn't disappoint - canoes, foliage and other baubles abound if you raise your eyes upwards. The menu is extensive, and they offer a range of bar snacks and main meals alongside their famous cocktail list. Most drinks are rum based, but there are a few gin options scattered about. Prices range from around £8-15, depending on how adventurous you feel. I chose a drink that came with a decorative parrot. Unfortunately the parrot wasn't available, but the waitress correctly sensed that I wanted a toy, and brought me a doll from one of the other drinks instead. This was very cute, but felt rather politically incorrect! We only stayed for one drink, but it was a great experience. The ambiance will differ depending on how busy it is - at 5.30 on a Thursday it was pretty dead, but I can imagine it fills up at the weekend with the pre-Mahiki crowd. The prices are reasonable considering the location and theming, and you can even get a loyalty card if you really want a repeat visit. Tiki lovers rejoice!


A wonderful restaurant located in the Hilton, Park Lane. Great deco, brilliant cocktails and a delicious array of seafood meals. If you fancy a rum cocktail this is the place to go. My husband and I enjoyed a special evening at Trader Vic's spoiling ourselves, this is definitely a restaurant for a special occasion as 1 drink, 1 starter and a main sent us over £100. If you are after a all round great night then Trader Vic's is a wonderful place to check out.

This is a review of the restaurant. TimeOut wouldn't create this in its own category despite the restaurant being 3/4 of the premises and famous for years. The bar is just an extra, but hey ho. I first ate here about 25 years ago and by complete fluke found myself staying in the London Hilton above, so thought it would be good to see how Trader Vics in the basement was doing after all these years. It was like stepping into a time warp. I could easily have been back in the 90s again. Nothing had changed at all. Still felt like a Tikki hut, and not in an old tired way either. The menu was almost the same too. We had the famous Cosmo Tidbits and 2 dishes from the clay oven. Both were perfect. In fact the only reason its not getting 5* was due to allowing a large noisy hen party right next to quiet tables. I thoroughly recommend this RESTAURANT and if I'm around in another 20 years, I'd certainly go back. Be warned though, its kinda pricey

A few of me and friends come here for pre drinks before we went on to Drama night club in the same hotel. The drinks here are dangerous! Especially the sharing ones. But we wasn't complaining! 

Do you like Pina Coladas and taking walks in the rain? Well you're in the right place! Trader Vics is the best place to go to transport you from wet London town to a Tiki Bar in Hawaii. Home of the original Mai Tai, Trader Vics is a cosy hotel bar (found underneath the Park Lane Hilton) to drink fancy cocktails in. Reasonably priced and certainly not a naff themed bar, it's a nice place to go to recuperate after braving shopping on Oxford Street.