London's Best Hotel Bars

No longer the domain of escorts and strict dress codes, London’s new breed of hotel bars are so cool they’re showing the stand-alone guys a thing or two. Here’s our list of where to get your hotel bar drink on, including some of the best of the old classics as well. We say get stuck in and stay the night. Scarfes Bar at The Rosewood The Rosewood Hotel is a breathtaking beauty, and the bar is the jewel in the crown. Taking the anti-hotel bar thing to the next level, this place is chilled with a capital C. Filled with plush couches, library walls of books and one hell of a fireplace, you’ll never want to leave. Luckily there are enough killer cocktails, craft beers, casseroles and curries to keep you entertained for a while. They also seem to have amassed one of London’s best collections of Japanese Whisky, nicely done Rosewood. 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN rosewood-bar-london Hoi Polloi at The Ace Hotel London’s Ace Hotel couldn’t be any more different from its NYC sibling, but who cares when the bar slash restaurant area is this cool? Enter through a street front flower shop into the dimly lit, cream booth filled Hoi Polloi. The room is subtly split into restaurant and lounge, we like the lounge for the friendly booths, iPhone chargers and cute waiters in sweaters and sneaks. This place is basically an extension to your living room (only much tidier), and it’s open pretty much around the clock for tasty breakfasts, long lunches, coffee & wifi sessions or late night dinners. 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ Photographer Credit : Ed Reeve

Photo credit: Ed Reeve

The Bars at The London Edition In a hotel opened by Ian Schrager it’s not a surprise to find some pretty rocking drinking spots, after all, the guy did give the world Studio 54! You’ve got two options in the Edition: turn sharp right into Berner’s Tavern and sit in one of the city’s most breathtaking rooms, surrounded by walls crammed full of portraits in a room lit by chandeliers inspired by New York’s Grand Central Station. This is a place to see and be seen, dress up and sit amongst the beautiful people sipping Champagne at the bar. Alternatively, and absolutely if you are with a small group, head straight past Berner’s and through to the small, dark and perfectly formed Punch Room bar. In here you’re drinking punch, lots of it, in all sorts of sizes and vintage vessels. Davide is the manager and he’s one of London’s best, so kick back by the fire and leave yourself in his lovely, Italian hands. 10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP berners tavern - bar Bar Boulud at The Mandarin Oriental The Mandarin’s main bar is slick and sexy, but we head downstairs to Daniel Boulud’s casual eatery, where a stool at the bar is the best seat in the house. This place is lively, there’s plenty to see, and the bartenders will soon become your friends. Their White Cosmopolitan comes with an ice ball infused with flower petals and St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, it’s a massive upgrade on the original. 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA Bar-Boulud-at-the-Mandarin-Oriental-London Dean Street Townhouse Everyone’s favourite Soho breakfast restaurant is so much more than a place to get your eggs and avocado. Dean St Townhouse serves upmarket-but-not-too-fancy English cuisine and thoughtful drinks in a charming, wood floored room off Dean St. The bar is long and well tended to, perfect for meeting a first date, or as a place to celebrate with Champagne and friends. The Georgian townhouse upstairs is small, and full of personality and floral wallpaper, and if you dine after 11pm they’ll even sell you a room for £50 if the occupancy is low enough. Good deal? We think so! 69-71 Dean Street, London W1D 3SE dean_street The Bars at The Connaught As the white gloved doorman pulls open the Connaught’s doors it’s as if you’re being welcomed into a different realm. This hotel is seriously divine, as are both of its bars. The Connaught Bar, through to your left, is sleek, grey and sophisticated - expect to be surrounded by beauties in designer dresses, and that’s just the waitresses! Ago is one of the biggest names in the bar game, and his team take perfect service to the next level. Order their signature Bloody Mary, it’s a chic, celery air topped version of your pub favourite, or indulge in a Martini, made from the shiny trolley by a bartender in white gloves. If all this sounds too intense, you might be more at home in the Coburg Bar, just to the right of the front door. Here the drinks are just as good, but the couch filled room is a bit more comfy. Either way, take your credit card (or someone else’s!). Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL the_coburg_bar_main Artesian Bar at The Langham Hotel A consistent winner of ‘World’s Best Bar’, and undeniably well deserving, Artesian Bar manages to be chic, stylish, professional and loads of crazy fun, all at once. It’s all down to the talent behind the oriental inspired bar, Alex, Simone and the guys are as naughty as they are nice, and while your night may start out with the best of intentions, you’ll be sipping disco drinks from a cow’s hoof, and posing for iPhone pics with Jack Sparrow’s pistol before you can say Super Panda. 1C Portland Place, London W1B 1JA LanghamLondonArtesianBar.001 Claridge's Bar at Claridge's The red leather banquettes and chic marble bar may be modern, but Claridge’s is a grand old dame. The bar is watched over by manager Denis, and his team make tasty cocktails to go along with an extensive Champagne menu as long as your arm. Order some bar snacks and settle in for a while (the people watching here is as good as it gets), and do visit at Christmas when the hotel unveils its designer decorated lobby tree. Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR Claridges-Bar Bassoon Bar at The Corinthia The Corinthia is one of the newest of London’s grand hotels, and Bassoon is a perfect reflection of the building’s beauty. With a bar that’s actually a long, sleek piano, an open fireplace, and one of the city’s most interesting cocktail lists, this is a place for romantic dates or impressing your friends. Stefano calls the shots behind the bar, and his team are experts in service, and making damn fine drinks. Try the Smoked Margarita, with Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila, and Cohiba cigar infused agave nectar. You won’t be sorry! Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2BD bar_bassoon American Bar at The Savoy It’s the quintessential hotel bar, where the bartenders are as famous as the guests, and the drinks are as classic as the art deco décor. The Savoy’s original cocktail bar was first staffed by Americans, out of work thanks to their home country’s pesky Prohibition, and many of today’s classic cocktails were first invented here. The four bar stools are where it’s at, or take a group and ask very nicely for the Royal Circle, that’s if Kings of Leon or Duran Duran aren’t sitting there anyway. Order a White Lady, the most famous drink to be conceived here, and settle in for some live tunes. Frank Sinatra used to sneak down here from his room after hours and play the piano, the current pianists name is Johnnie, and he’s just as good as Ol' Blue Eyes, and he even takes requests. If you like what you drink then swing by the hotel’s shop and pick up a copy of the historic Savoy Cocktail Book, the bartenders here are all famous too, so ask them to sign it, hey it may be worth something one day! The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EU american_bar