Emyr Thomas from London based travel concierge service, Bon Vivant, offers his thoughts on London’s thriving hotel bar scene.
If you asked me to pick my favourite bar in almost any city, it’s highly likely that it would be a hotel bar. Hotel bars offer the perfect package for me – stylish designs, impeccable service levels (thanks to hotel training), comfortable seating (or simply the ability to have a seat and not stand elbow to elbow with hoards of people!) and excellent drinks poured with care.
For me, no city does a hotel bar like London – we have a huge number of excellent hotel bars and here’s my pick of the best.
The Connaught is the pinnacle for the hotel bar in my opinion, offering two very different but equally irresistible choices. At the front of the hotel you have the gorgeous and cosy Coburg Bar with its wing backed chairs and open fires, and at the rear of the hotel you have the glamorous Connaught Bar with its fantastic martinis.
Oh, and did I mention a third bar of sorts, The Champagne Room, hidden in the depths of the hotel with a wonderful selection of champagnes for just 25 people?
Launched this October on High Holborn, The Rosewood London is simply beautiful. Make your way to the sofas in front of the large open fire place and bookshelves and sit back with your cocktails and listen to the live music performance that creates an enchanting evening.
The Rosewood London
On the ground floor of Brown’s Hotel on Albermarle Street in Mayfair, The Donovan Bar features Terence Donovan’s iconic black and white prints on its walls, offering a modern twist to the hotel’s otherwise traditional design. The intimate bar is effortlessly stylish, ideal for early evening drinks.
Cool and quirky, the ZTH Bar at The Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell is designed on a fictional character’s home, who has gathered artefacts and trinkets from travelling around the world. Cocktails are the real focus here with a menu designed by expert mixologist Tony Conigliaro from celebrated cocktail bar 69 Colebrooke Row,
The bar at The Corinthia hotel has a piano as its focal point – as well as being the setting for live music, the piano itself is built into the bar! The bar is dark and sexy, with booth-style seating for clandestine meetings.
The Bassoon Bar at The Corinthia
Another recent addition to the London hotel scene, The London Edition is the latest hotel from Ian Schrager in collaboration with Marriott Hotels. The lobby bar is gorgeous with high ceilings and a dramatic chandelier in the centre of the room.
If you remember to book in advance, try The Punch Room bar at the back of the hotel – an intimate space designed in dark woods, creating a stylish bar that makes you feel like you’re one of the few that know the secret.
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