St James Bar

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St James Bar

This elegant bar is located at The Balcon, a French brasserie at the Sofitel Hotel on Pall Mall. The aesthetic was apparently inspired by the Paris apartment in which Coco Chanel lived in the '20s.

A bar snack menu ranges from charcuterie platters, cheeseboards and lobster club sandwiches to smoked haddock kedgeree, a Nicoise salad made with seared yellowfin tuna and a bavette steak tartare served with crispy bacon, quail egg, fries and a salad on the side.

The drinks list includes classic and signature cocktails alongside a wide range of premium spirits, including more than 60 whiskies from Scotland, Japan, Ireland and America. There are nine beers and ciders, as well as wines sourced mostly from France, Spain and Italy. Each of the seven champagnes is available by the glass. 


Venue name: St James Bar
Address: 6 Waterloo Place
Price: £25 and under
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A friend and I met here after I spent an afternoon at the spa - first off, the ambiance was lovely. What a beautiful bar!!! 

We shared a bottle of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs and the waiter kept it on ice for us, being conscious of refilling it as necessary. We also had a few cocktails - gin martinis to die for. What was supposed to be a quick drink turned into an hour or so, after which we went off to the hotel restaurant (Le Balcon) for dinner. The service in the bar was attentive and courteous; the waiter brought us tiny smoked salmon blinis to enjoy during our champagne, which were delicious and very much appreciated. While we were there, the room was busy with families and businesspeople alike, and yet everyone seemed very relaxed and at home in the space. I really liked that.