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Best bars in London – Hotel bars

Time Out recommends the best hotel bars in the capital, where the drinks and service are so good, you'll want to stay the night

Britta Jaschinski

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

American Bar at the Beaumont

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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. 

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Venue says: “Artesian is at the forefront of London's sophisticated bar scene, showcasing the city’s largest collection of rums, Champagne and 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.

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Blue Bar at The Berkeley

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.

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Beaufort Bar at The Savoy

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.

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Charing Cross

Brumus Bar at Haymarket Hotel

Everything screams for attention at the Haymarket Hotel’s bright, almost brash bar, though the kaleidoscope of pink and red, patterned with geometrics on the bar stools and florals on the sofas, may not be to everyone’s taste.

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Lobby Bar at One Aldwych

It’s hard not to be wowed by the soaring space, with its triffid-sized flower arrangements, elegant pillars and ceiling-height windows; but the majesty of the room is lent intimacy by high-backed armchairs, comfortable sofas and shimmering candles.

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Covent Garden

Mandarin Bar and Mandarin Oriental

Step out of the Knightsbridge chaos into the Mandarin Oriental's cool marble surrounds and you might initially expect to be greeted with a proper British colonial drinking experience.

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Forgot to mention The Rivoli bar at the Ritz, Bassoon Bar at Corinthia, Blue Bar at Berkeley, American Bar at Savoy..

Celeste Burgas

I recently tried The Lounge at the Mercure Kensington. Pleasently surprised. Nice atmosphere, food and drinks. Worth giving it a try.