With barrels instead of bar fridges, legs of jamόn hanging from the ceiling and rustic wooden tables, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in a little tavern in Jerez rather than Fitzrovia. It’s named after Sir Frances Drake, some brave chap who headed off to attack the Spanish Armada but returned instead with a ship full of sherry, heroic.
Drake's is lively, bright and fun, exactly as you'd expect from the guys who brought us Copita and Barrica.
The room, which used to house a shirt maker's shop, is split into a casual bar area up front, where sherry lovers pop in to drink classic fino and heavier oloroso straight from the barrel. While the back of the room is adorned with dark wooden tables, burnt orange banquettes, a skylight and a teensy open kitchen area, cue the jamόn. Order a plate of cheese and ask the Spanish staff to teach you about sherry, or just stop by for a glass of natural wine after work. They've also got Spanish beer and a handy off licence so you can do like the Spanish and fill up a bottle from the barrel to take home. Salud!