“The Savoy? I couldn’t possibly…” – Ditch that attitude, my friend. You can do anything you want to do and don’t let anyone tell you any different. Get your glad rags on, imagine you’re rich as hell, and people will think you’re royalty. You don’t have to be staying the night at a hotel to take advantage of their facilities (i.e. the bar), so stroll confidently past the concierge and sip on that cocktail like it’s nobody’s business.
1. The Gin Palace at Strand Palace Hotel
The Gin Palace is exactly what it says on the tin (that actually depends on how you define a palace, but we’re going with it). Their back bar boasts a big selection of gin (obviously) and they are all used to create a creative ‘G & Tea’ menu (a nod to the British tradition of ‘tea-time’). The cocktails are accompanied by a first-rate selection of fancy sharing plates, of which we recommend the teriyaki salmon and the chicken satay. On top of this, and in line with London Fashion Week, the mixologists at the Palace have also created a superstar cocktail menu inspired by London’s very own supermodels. The glamorous collection includes The Kate Moss, The Cara Delevigne and The Janice Dickinson.
372 Strand, WC2R 0JJ
2. Rumpus Room at Mondrian Hotel
The red sofas and chandeliers will throw you right back to before you were born. The striking interior is matched with an equally striking view across the city, including unobstructed views of St Paul’s Cathedral. They pride themselves on their champagne, but merely hearing that word drains our bank accounts. Instead, why not opt to immerse yourself in the old fashioned feel while sipping on an Old Fashioned cocktail. Or a *relatively* cheap glass of wine.
20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD
3. The Mirror Room and The Gazebo at Landmark Hotel
You’ll find the Landmark hotel in that place that nobody can pronounce. It has a bunch of different restaurants and bars, but the Mirror Room and the Gazebo (pictured) are the best for drinks (IOO — ‘In Our Opinion’). The Mirror Bar is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner cocktail or a late-night drink, and regulars insist that it’s the best bar in town. The Gazebo on the other hand is great for a gourmet sandwich and a champagne cocktail, in a setting that looks somewhat misplaced in central London. Not that that’s a bad thing every now and again, amirite?
222 Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, NW1 6JQ
4. The American Bar at The Savoy
The American Bar at the Savoy is one of those places that will throw you right back to the 1920s, and you’ll feel like you should be dressed all Gatsby-esque in order to step foot through the doors. In actual fact the dress code merely reads “smart casual” so, as long as you’re not wearing trainers, you can probably get away with it. Yes it’s pricey but you’ll be drinking in one of the most iconic cocktail bars in the world. It boasts an impressive alumni of ‘famous’ bartenders, many of which have created world-class cocktails that are still enjoyed today. So sit amongst the Art Deco interior, listen to the pianist playing in his gleaming white suit, and soak in the atmosphere. (Just don’t act too shocked when you’re charged £40 for two drinks — we did warn you).
Strand, WC2R 0EU