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London's Best Hotel Bars

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London has some of the most luxe hotel bars in the world and you don’t have to be a guest to enjoy a martini or two in one of these glamorous hotspots. From the highest bar in the capital to Ian Fleming’s favourite watering hole, browse our edit of the finest places to enjoy world class hospitality and carefully concocted cocktails, then retire quietly to the comfort of your own bed. Bliss.

Clarendon Cocktail Cellar

Art inspired cocktails are the USP at this cool new bar, based in the Artist Residence hotel on Cambridge Street. Each drink comes accompanied with a coaster depicting the art work that inspired it, from Andy Warhol’s ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’ – a choice of bacon bourbon or olive oil vodka with pepper, Worcester sauce, tomato juice and celery salt – to Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ – a heady mix of mescal, lime, cassis, agave and habanero. The bar snacks aren’t bad either with wild boar & quail scotch eggs, pork belly and crab sliders all in the mix.

Visit ClarendonCocktailCellar.co.uk

 

The Boundary Rooftop

Need some Eastside sunshine but not a member of Shoreditch House? No problem. Hop up in the lift to get yourself a spot at Boundary’s rooftop bar, complete with stunning 360 degree views of London. Open all year round, the bar and grill even has a weatherproof area for those rainy British spells.

Visit TheBoundary.co.uk

 

Ham Yard Bar

You could spend days in the super-cool Ham Yard village, but it’s the bar that’s our favourite part. With quirky-yet-trendy décor and a delicious selection of small plates including slow roasted short rib, crispy mac and cheese with truffle and rabbit sausage rolls with harissa mayonnaise, work your way through the menu and try a different tipple with each.

Visit FirmdaleHotels.com

 

The Fumoir at Claridge’s

Just the name Claridge’s conjures images of elegant décor and top-class service. Well, you get both at Le Fumoir, an elegant bar designed in a 1930s-style (hello, leather seats and crystal lighting) that’s hidden away in the famed hotel. Timeless and glam, slip into its seductive seats and let the expert bartenders introduce you to a treasure chest of liquid history. 

Visit Claridges.co.uk

 

Radio Rooftop Bar

The only rooftop bar, lounge and terrace in the Strand and Aldwych area, Radio can be found on the 10th floor of the ME London hotel. With an all-white Ibiza vibe, lounging beds, laser shows most nights, 2am closure from Thursday to Saturday and a 180-degree view, Radio rooftop bar is the ultimate all-day hangout.

Visit RadioRooftop.com

 

Zetter Townhouse Marylebone

Hot on Chiltern Firehouse's heels as the place to see-and-be seen, Zetter Townhouse Marylebone scores major points for its eclectic eccentric-Grandmother interiors, lively bartenders and moreish snacks. The bar, known as Seymour's Parlour, is easy to miss on a residential road in Marylebone (look for the slate grey door) but once inside you'll be rewarded with tipples from modern-day alchemist Tony Conigliari, which SL recommends are drunk alongside the scotch eggs with curry mayonnaise.

Visit TheZetterTownhouse.com

 

Artesian at The Langham

The drinks here cost a small fortune, but for a good reason. Not only is its interior a beautiful mix of antique mirrors, purple scalloped leather banquettes and Art Deco fittings, your drinks may well be made by head mixologist and Artesian’s secret weapon: Alex Kratena. Ask for the signature cocktail, the Langham Martini – trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

Visit Artesian-Bar.co.uk

 

Rumpus Room and Dandelyan

Tom Dixon fans will be in heaven at the Rumpus Room, a seductive rooftop lounge at the Mondrian London which has been designed under his creative leadership. As you would expect, the watering hole is suitably plush, with shimmering gold and plum accents offsetting raspberry banquettes and armchairs. Downstairs, Dandelyan is equally tempting with reimagined classics inspired by the Great British countryside.

Visit MorgansHotelGroup.com

 

DUKES Bar at Dukes Hotel

Not many bars can lay claim to providing the inspiration for James Bond’s favourite tipple, but DUKES Bar in Mayfair is one of them. Ian Fleming ordered the martinis that supposedly inspired the ‘shaken not stirred’ line, so you’d be a fool to visit without sampling one yourself (we recommend the classic Vesper) while cosied up in the velvet brocade armchairs.

Visit DukesHotel.com

 

GŎNG at the Shard

While the Shangri La can lay claim to an infinity pool, jaw-dropping hotel rooms and awe inspiring views, it’s the bar at GŎNG that’s the real draw. The highest bar in the capital, its signature cocktail list comes served in bespoke glassware – well worth the trip to the 52nd floor of the Shard.

Visit The-Shard.com

 

Punch Room At The London Edition

A plush destination in Fitzrovia, Punch is, surprisingly enough, dedicated to all things...punch. Simultaneously discreet and snug we love it as a date night spot (yes, you can make reservations) where you can choose from a speciality menu of eight syrupy blends. Opt for the coconut water, lime and Demerara concoction and you’ll be punch-drunk in no time.  

Visit Edition-Hotels.Marriot.com

 

Scarfes Bar at Rosewood Hotel

Smart without being stuffy, the bar at the Rosewood Hotel makes the perfect perch for a Christmas drink. A large space that’s reminiscent of a library in an enormous stately home, it comes bedecked with large chandeliers, green marble walls and a roaring log fire. Top tipples include the Martini made with Polish rye vodka and Ellie's Bubble and Shrubs, a fruity champagne cocktail with Sipsmith Gin – yum.

Visit RosewoodHotels.com

 

The Blue Bar at The Berkeley

Living up to its name, this David Collins-designed bar really is as blue as they say. Combining sky-blue armchairs, deep-blue ornate plasterwork and navy-blue leather-bound menus, this is one place that has to be seen to be believed (and then put on Instagram). Throw in staff that treat you like royalty and master class-perfected cocktails and you know you’re in for a good night.

Visit The-Berkeley.co.uk

 

Connaught Bar at The Connaught

Mayfair's luxurious Connaught was voted fourth best bar in the world last year and it’s not hard to see why – the service is faultless, the interiors are both cosy and elegant (think 1920s style leather, mirrors and a cubist bar) plus a very lengthy cocktail list. Settle in and make your drinking decision wisely, they don’t come cheap. 

Visit The-Connaught.co.uk