1. The Connaught Bar – Connaught Hotel
Inspired by English Cubist and Irish 1920s art it’s a classic old school haunt, in this newly and beauifully refurbished hotel. Ultra-stylish décor and mouth-watering cocktails put the Connaught Bar into a league of its own.
This classic hotel has always been a stable of greatness, along with its big sister, Claridges. Very blue and suitably ice cool, with a warm welcome for all, whether you’re a celebrity regular or an occasional visitor then the renaissance style Blue Bar is well worth dropping in to.
3. Booking Office Bar – Renaissance St Pacras
A slumbering giant for so many years, this grand railway hotel has been revived and restored to its former glory, befitting of its position as the gateway to Europe. This bar feels like an outside atrium, in a similar way that the Winter Garden at the nearby Landmark does. The cocktail list, drawn up by Nick Strangeway and the late Henry Besant, gives a prominent place to traditional punches, served in mugs.
4. Dukes Bar – Dukes Hotel St James
This hotel bar boasts what is possibly the greatest Twentieth Century popular heritage in all of London. Dukes Bar is internationally renowned for its famous martinis and personalised cocktails. Frequented by James Bond author Ian Fleming, the bar is said to be the inspiration for the classic line, ‘shaken, not stirred’.
So whether your’e relaxing after a meeting or getting together with friends for special drinks, the intimate and timeless surroundings, coupled with the bartender’s knowledge, make it an unforgettable experience.
5. Long Bar at the Sanderson
A modern day icon, the Long Bar is a surreal, airy and white and radiates freshness and cleanliness. The beauty of Long Bar in London is that anyone can visit at any time, which proves to be rare for such a glamorous, classic and well-known hotel bar.
6. Artesian at the Lanhgam
Voted ‘World’s best bar’ last year, Artesian conjures a sort of modern Chinoiserie feel which is both classical and contemporary, even timeless. This bar is smart, sophisticated and lavish, reflecting the grand hotel that houses it.
7. Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental
As you would expect, this place is stunning. Super cool, super luxurious and an eclectic cocktail of oriental design combing wood, glass and steel to great effect.
8. Oscar Bar at Charlotte Street Hotel
This simple, modern hotel bar is always buzzing, day and night. With stylish and beautiful décor, Oscar Bar is always welcoming, relaxing and the kind of place that can’t help but inspire you.
9. Radio Rooftop Bar at ME London
Escape to Radio at ME London, located on the tenth floor of the hotel with panoramic views that touch the clouds and include Tower Bridge, the Shard, London Bridge, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Somerset House, Southbank, London Eye, Houses of Parliament, and the theatre district of Covent Garden, the rooftop bar at the ME London raises the bar on the enjoyment of social life whilst having a drink in the lounge.
10. W Lounge at at the W Hotel
This first floor reception area bar is really cool with its surprisingly relax atmosphere, it’s modern minimalist décor and really cool hi-tech central fireplace. The W is a New York Icon and, although it houses the delightful smelling M&M World in the basement (like some kind of guilty secret) its rapidly becoming one of the coolest new go-to places in London.