ADDRESSBrook St, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR, UK Tel: +44 20 7629 8860
Welcome to Mayfair, fashion mecca and hedgefund hangout, where you can find Claridges Hotel at the epicentre, arguably the jewel in the Harry Winston tiara. With suites designed by Diane von Furstenberg and a constant stream of Hollywood celebs strutting through the lobby, you feel your inner Monroe / Sinatra come out, even if like BarChick you are rocking your air max when visiting.
The Claridges Bar is just as elegant: designer-clad beauties pour glasses of Vintage Champagne (Salon '71!) to ladies-who-Louboutin on red leather banquettes and, after 6pm, guys compare Rolexes at the jam-packed bar. Denis is the guy in charge here, and the Black Pearl is the cocktail we love, a slushy mix of blackberries, blueberries, Zubrowka vodka and Chambord, it's fruit and delicious.
Hit the Champagne, their selection is one of London's best, and unless you are one of the few who can afford to take tea here daily (many do), then it is definitely the place for that "special occasion".
Whatever you are in for, don't be frightened off by all the glamour, Denis keeps it real, preferring local Chase Vodka in his Martinis, and the Square Meal, a daily changing bento-esque box of appetisers is bar-snacking at it's best.
nb. Be sure to visit over Christmas, when the designer tree is unveiled in the lobby.