Rivoli at The Ritz

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Rivoli at The Ritz

The Ritz’s dress-code requirement is outlined by the hotel’s liveried flunkies – box hats, birds’ feathers and all – who address many guests by title and surname as they pass through the lobby.

The stratospherically over-the-top decor in the Rivoli bar harks back to the golden era of cocktails between the wars, although it’s far more garish than it needs to be. Prices only appear sensible if money is of no consequence: among the nine house speciality cocktails are the Cesar Ritz (£120), made with Courvoisier l’Esprit, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs champagne and Angostura bitters; and, a comparative snip at £17, the Ritz Whiskers (Four Roses small-batch bourbon, Ketel One vanilla vodka and amaretto).

Champagne cocktails, martinis, long drinks and after-dinner cocktails are priced in similarly if-you-have-to-ask-you-can’t-afford-it fashion.


Venue name: Rivoli at The Ritz
Address: Ritz Hotel
150 Piccadilly
Opening hours: Open 11.30am-1am Mon-Sat; noon-11.30pm Sun. Food served noon-10pm daily
Transport: Tube: Green Park tube
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Swanky location & some of the best cocktails London has to offer. It is just a shame they come at such a high cost - although one of my actually had edible gold in it, which was worth getting stuck in my teeth!


Another hotel bar crossed off the list! I approached this bar with a little trepidation, I had built up an image of overt elegance and prestige, two things I lack and therefore expected to be turned away at the door.

However, I was pleasantly surprised when the charming doorman and lady at reception, very kindly, ushered me in from the cold to where my friend was waiting for me in the Rivoli Bar.

We ordered the Churchill’s Courage and The Rivoli Vesper, both of which were expertly made and presented. The Rivoli Vesper was very marginally better than the one we tried at Hotel Café Royal. At £20.00 a cocktail, this is a lovely place to start a romantic, classy evening. The staff are wonderful, the atmosphere relaxed, the décor is what I imagine the interior of an old luxury yacht to look like. The other patrons were nice enough, given the location and class, you’re bound to experience some pretention but the service you receive more than makes up for it.

When you're blue and don't know where to go to why don't you go where fashion sits... well, you know the rest! 

The Rivoli Bar is as decadent and classy as you could hope it would be. The waiters are dressed to the nines, and jazz music is playing softly in the background. You can't help but feel classy when you sit in one of their plush chairs and order yourself one of their delicious cocktails. 

The only downside is that, despite being at the Ritz, you are not made to feel special in the slightest. A healthy injection of good service is needed at the Rivoli, and until it gets one, you'll find me at the American Bar at the Savoy.

Skip the cocktails at the Ritz, and opt for lunch here instead (you might even find yourself a good Time Out offer, like we did!). The service was amazing and the whole experience was phenomenal.