In a city where luxury hotels reign supreme, it’s no surprise that London’s hotel bars are just as iconic as their accommodations. These hidden gems offer more than just a place to unwind—they’re a journey into the heart of sophistication and creativity.

The Red Room at The Connaught, Mayfair

We absolutely love that The Red Room feels like a secret haven tucked away in the heart of Mayfair.  Stepping inside is like entering a world apart. As art enthusiasts, we were blown away by the collection of captivating artworks by female artists – it adds a whole new layer to the experience compared to traditional hotel bars.

The bar’s name pays homage to the crimson-hued artworks adorning its walls, including notable pieces by acclaimed artist Louise Bourgeois. In this fusion of art and libations, the Red Room at Connaught invites guests to embark on a journey of discovery and indulgence, offering an experience that is as unique as it is unforgettable.

Our drink recommendation is Sunset: an interesting combination of Campari, Mezcal and Grapefruit.

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Scarfes Bar at Rosewood, Holborn 

Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London oozes sophistication. Imagine a crackling fire, live jazz, and Gerald Scarfe’s iconic art – a perfect escape from the city.

Their mixologists are masters, and we loved the SCANDAL SYMBOL: a playful mix of tequila, Aperol, and passion fruit, topped with champagne. Impeccable service seals the deal – a must for a luxurious (but comfy!) night out.

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Side Hustle Bar at NoMad, Covent Garden

Side Hustle Bar in Covent Garden is a New York-inspired escape within the NoMad Hotel. Trendy vibes and creative cocktails make it a perfect hangout with friends.

This recently 50 Best Bars-recognised spot delivers with friendly service, inspired Mexican drinks (we’re eyeing the margaritas!), and stylish digs in a former police station. Unleash your inner Londoner and unwind in this relaxed, lively gem. Perfect for post-dinner drinks after NoMad’s culinary delights! 

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Dukes Bar at Dukes Hotel, St James

Ever dreamt of being a spy? Look no further than Dukes Bar in St. James’s. This discreet gem is dripping with history and sophistication. Ian Fleming himself was a regular, and the bar even claims to have inspired the iconic “shaken, not stirred” line.

Expect impeccable service and legendary martinis, prepared tableside on a special trolley for a touch of theatricality.  Dukes Bar offers an unparalleled drinking experience, steeped in tradition and oozing opulence – perfect for the history buff or aspiring secret agent in you.

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The Berkeley Bar And Terrace at The Berkeley, Belgravia 

Looking for super luxury? Look no further than The Berkeley Bar and Terrace.  Imagine plush furnishings, exquisite decor, and stunning Hyde Park views – pure indulgence awaits.

This lavish bar isn’t just about atmosphere. Their expertly crafted cocktails, rare spirits, and curated wine list reflect their dedication to perfection. Whether you’re a cocktail enthusiast or a connoisseur of vintage finds, you’ll be in heaven.

With top-notch service throughout, The Berkeley Bar and Terrace offers the perfect spot to unwind in style, celebrate a special occasion, or simply socialise with friends. It’s a must-visit for anyone seeking a taste of London luxury.

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The Donovan Bar at Browns Hotel, Mayfair 

Mayfair’s Donovan Bar isn’t your average watering hole. Here, legendary Salvatore Calabrese (inventor of the Breakfast Martini, no less!) and mixology maestro Federico Pavan team up to create a symphony of classic and contemporary cocktails.

Whether you’re a purist or a modern mixology fan, there’s a drink with your name on it. Expect impeccable service and an inviting atmosphere – perfect for soaking up the essence of Mayfair’s vibrant social scene.

Are you a fan of fruity cocktails? Then we recommend “Wonder”: A beautiful blend of silver tequila, framboise and raspberry

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American Bar at The Savoy, Covent Garden

Step into a slice of history at The American Bar, London’s longest-surviving cocktail haven. Since 1893, it’s been a playground for both legendary bartenders (think Harry Craddock of Savoy Cocktail Book fame) and famous patrons like Churchill and Hemingway.

This Art Deco gem remains at the industry’s forefront, having snagged “World’s Best Bar” awards.  The vibe? Stylish sophistication with a side of history –  photographs and memorabilia line the walls, whispering tales of glamorous nights past.

Feeling classic?  We recommend a Negroni, Manhattan, or Martini. But for the adventurous, their innovative twists on vintage concoctions are a must-try.

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