Mayfair has long been a favourite haunt of the rich and privileged, but that doesn't mean the bars are stuffy. Places like Trader Vic's and the infamous Mahiki are fun and kitschy. Those wishing to enjoy more elegant surroundings might try the sophisticated and inviting Coburg Bar or American Bar, with its gorgeously low-lit interior.
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This bar at the five-star Rosewood London hotel is named after the London-born artist and caricaturist Gerald Scarfe (former illustrator for The Sunday Times and New Yorker). His work can be seen adorning the marble walls here, providing a great backdrop to a swanky-looking spot. There's live music here seven nights a week – usually jazz, soul and blues. Keep an eye out for cabaret nights and special seasonal events, too. And to drink? Cocktails such as a Thyme Out (Bombay Sapphire, Yellow Chartreuse, thyme, orange bitters and lemon juice) and a Three Blind Mice (Jack Daniel's Single Barrel, Cocchi Americano, Cynar and artichoke oil) alongside Champagne, wine and craft beer by the bottle and on draught.
Venue says: “Introducing our new cocktail menu. Potions inspired by the likes of Harry Potter, James Bond, Monty Python, Alfred Hitchcock and more.”