Not only are London's top hotels fantastic to stay in, but many of them are also fantastic to drink in. From classic cocktails to stunning surroundings, the capital is home to many great hotel bars including Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental and Artesian at the Langham Hotel.
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London's best hotel bars
This sophisticated sort of cocktail bar was imported to London from the US around the turn of the century, and brought with it all the art deco flourish and dimly lit extravagance we like to associate with that era. But add another to the list – the brand new Beaumont hotel in Mayfair has an American bar, and it’s as good as the other two.
Venue says: “Now taking bookings for lunch with a choice of new dishes from soups, salads and sandwiches to burgers and a selection of lunch cocktails.”
The Langham Hotel is one of those high-ceilinged, marble-pillared palaces that many well-padded visitors, yet few resident Londoners, seem to visit. But it’s worth getting your best togs on just to admire David Collins’s design of this handsome room.
The name isn’t just a caprice: this David Collins-designed bar really is as blue as a Billie Holiday album. The sky-blue armchairs, the deep-blue ornate plasterwork and the navy-blue leather-bound menus combine with discreet lighting to striking effect. It’s a see-and-be-seen place, but staff treat all-comers like royalty, and the cocktails are a masterclass in sophistication.
Following the £220m revamp, The Savoy’s devotion to debonaire drinking now stretches beyond the iconic American Bar. The Beaufort might be the second bar, but second-division it is not. It’s a considerably more salubrious space to sip than the American Bar, and combines a wow-factor interior with good service and top-quality (if pricey) drinks.
There's no velvet rope barring your way to the Coburg Bar: you can just walk straight on in. And once you've done so, the service will be faultless.The hotel's other bar, Connaught Bar, is both cosy and elegant, with a conspiratorial duskiness.
Suburb SW11 Bar & Dining
This bar and restaurant on Falcon Road brings a bit of culinary nostalgia to Clapham Junction. Remember fondue? It's back with a bubbling, two-cheese bang here. But the real attraction here is the cocktails, which they've won a local award for. House sharers made with cider or beer (think Goldschlager with stout, mango, hazelnut and lemon juice) line up alongside a lengthy selection of classics (there are eight martini varieties to choose from, three Manhattans and five that are bubbly-based). The rest of the 12-page drinks menu is also worth a browse, with numerous options for whiskey, gin and tequila lovers, as well as the usual beer, wine and soft drinks. Food wise, past the old Alpine favourite of fondue, you can expect a spicy chicken burger, raclette cheese open-sandwiches and hot-stone-cooked steaks alongside nachos, charcuterie platters and baked camembert.
Venue says: “Get 20% off food when booking directly on our site. Bottomless brunch for £27.50. Happy hours daily from 5pm to 7pm. Late night weekends.”