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London Design Agenda will present you five of the top hotel bars in London for you to visit during this year London Cocktail Week. London’s top hotels fantastic to stay in, but many are also fantastic to drink in!
Dandelyan at Mondrian London
Dandelyan transports its guests to a place where they can lose themselves in exotic flavours, magnetic conversation and unexpected combinations. Created by award-winning bar impresario Ryan Chetiyawardana, A.K.A Mr Lyan, and winner of Tales of a Cocktail’s Spirited Awards for Best New International Cocktail Bar, Dandelyan boasts an iconic green marble bar and dramatic views of the Thames. Serving both innovative cocktails and refined interpretations of the classics, it takes its inspiration from the botanical wilds of the British countryside and around the world. More than a bar, Dandelyan is a journey of discovery where new tastes and unexpected combinations can be experienced and enjoyed in an interior designed by Tom Dixon.
Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental
With a contemporary design and vibrant atmosphere, Mandarin Bar is one of London’s most popular nightspots. Centred around a rectangular marble-topped bar designed to look like a catwalk, the chic interior offers a mix of furnishings including brown leather armchairs, glass tables and high backed bar stools. Add to this walls lined in beige silk and glass cases displaying handcrafted cocktail glasses, and you have a stylish space that’s perfect for leisurely daytime meetings, pre-dinner aperitifs and post-dinner drinks.
Serving a choice of vintage and non-vintage champagnes and wines, spirits and soft drinks, the bar also offers a long menu of classic and contemporary cocktails. And if you’d like something to eat whilst you drink, there’s a selection of delicious Asian-inspired bar snacks including Crispy Dim Sum with chilli and soy sauce, and Smoked Salmon Naan Bread.
The Connaught Bar at The Connaught
Ultra-stylish décor and mouth-watering cocktails put the Connaught Bar in Mayfair into a league of its own. Inspired by English Cubist and Irish 1920s art, with textured walls shimmering in platinum silver leaf overlaid with dusty pink, pistachio and lilac, designer David Collins has produced a gem of a London bar.
The Connaught Bar cocktail menu is a fusion of tradition and innovation using exclusive vintages and limited edition champagnes, spirits and liqueurs. You cannot fail to be dazzled by the meticulous attention to detail that goes into making what you sip.
Beaufort Bar at The Savoy
The Beaufort Bar provides a theatrical, art deco setting in which to enjoy cocktails that push the boundaries. Award-winning head bartender, Chris Moore, and his expert team have created a menu designed to intrigue and excite guests with each drink listed entirely unique to the Beaufort Bar. Character Cocktails, served in era-specific vintage glassware and garnished tableside, pay tribute to four of The Savoy’s most famous personalities, and The Impressionist, one of the Beaufort Bars most popular cocktails, arrives at the table with a smoking rose for that element of drama. For guests with more of a taste for champagne, the Beaufort Bar boasts an impressive selection of vintage and non-vintage champagne by the glass and bottle.
The bar itself stands on the hotel’s former cabaret stage, which was graced by such luminaries as Carol Gibbons, the Savoy Orpheans and George Gershwin. A tradition of live entertainment continues to this day with nightly performances by both renowned and up and coming talent, as well as monthly evenings of Cabaret and Burlesque.
Lobby Bar at One Aldwych
Set in London’s Covent Garden, The Lobby Bar offers serious cocktails, delicious bar food and a brilliant buzz.
Named one of the top five hotel bars in the world by the Sunday Telegraph, The Lobby Bar’s stunning double height space with original contemporary sculptures and creative floral installations offers a unique London vibe in a fabulous Covent Garden location.
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