The Best Hotel Bars in London
The Coburg Bar
The warmth and intimacy of the Coburg Bar at The Connaught make it a wonderful place to relax after a day at the office or shopping. Relax in one of the wing-back chairs next to the open fire and take in the beauty of the room.
If you’re more in the mood for an an upbeat glamorous evening with friends, walk a few yards to the back of the hotel to The Connaught Bar and order one of their signature martinis.
Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London
The Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London just oozes comfort and elegance, with the huge open fireplace at one end creating a dramatic focal point to the room. In the evenings the bar truly comes to life with fabulous live jazz performances.
The Fumoir at Claridge’s
Add a touch of 1930s glamour to your evening with a visit to the Fumoir at Claridge’s for a glass of Champagne. Behind an unassuming Lalique panelled door, the Fumoir is one of Mayfair’s best-kept secrets.
The stylish interior is a gorgeous combination of rich aubergine colours, leather seating, low crystal lighting and vintage photographs.
The Donovan Bar
The Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair is cool, stylish, intimate and a haven for fashionistas. The walls are adorned with Terence Donovan’s iconic black and white prints, which adds a contemporary twist to the history of the surroundings.
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GONG at Shangri-La at The Shard
GŎNG bar at Shangri-La at The Shard is all about the view. And what a view!
Located on Level 52 of The Shard, the dramatic backdrop of London’s skyline makes GŎNG the perfect place for sunset cocktails and late-night drinks.
Have your cocktails in the Asian designed cocktail bar or sit by the pool, the highest pool in Europe.
The Blue Bar at The Berkeley
The Blue Bar is one of London’s best bars serving sophisticated, colourful cocktails in a striking, blue, art deco-accented interior. The ambience is always lively and it is a popular haunt with celebrities.
The cocktails are made with the finest ingredients and an imaginative twist. Inspired by the blue colour of the room, the cocktails are categorised by colour – green, yellow, red and blue – each signalling a different potency of mix.
The Champagne and Martini Bar at the Franklin Hotel in Knightsbridge is beautiful.
The bar’s mirrored splendour, all Italian silks and velvets, plus textiles from Istanbul create a dark, moody and intimate setting. Order the Franklin cocktail for a delicious blend of Botanist gin, rosemary, lemongrass and champagne.
The Rumpus Room
The Mondrian Hotel opened in the old Sea Containers’ building on the South Bank towards the end of 2014, giving it a prime Thames-side location.
The Rumpus Room on one of the top floors of the hotel makes the most of this location with fabulous view of the river and the city’s major landmarks. Visit for a cocktail as the sun sets or for a late evening night out with a group of friends alongside the live DJ.
The Zetter Townhouse
The Zetter Townhouse bar is designed around ‘Aunt Wilhelmina’, a fictional crazy old aunt whose trinkets and artefacts from her global travels fill up the room. The cocktail menu is short but perfectly formed.
The Zetter Townhouse Bar is cool, quirky and certainly one of the best hotel bars in London.
Artesian Bar at The Langham
Situated in the beautiful Langham hotel near Oxford Circus, the David Collins designed bar is sleek, sexy and dramatic.
With its 50 types of rum, Artesian is ideally placed for a post shopping cocktail or a refined haven from the frenzy of nearby Soho.
With a legendary history as the home of the Martini, Dukes Bar is timeless, intimate, and, well, arguably serves the world’s best Martini. A must try!
The Bassoon Bar at The Corinthia
The Corinthia Hotel is situated close to Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament in an old Ministry of Defence building. The Bassoon Bar was designed by famous designer David Collins, where the centrepiece is the piano – not only do they have regular live music but the piano is built into the bar!
The bar is stylish, relaxed and has an excellent cocktail list, making The Bassoon Bar one of the best hotel bars in London.
Ham Yard Bar
The latest opening from Firmdale Hotels arrived in Soho in the summer of 2014. Located on a quiet courtyard in the middle of Soho, the large terrace at the front of the hotel will be a hotspot in the summer.
Inside, the design is the classic Firmdale eclectic style, but the bar is always buzzy late in the evenings, and with lots of nooks and crannies, it’s the perfect Soho hideaway.
The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych
Sitting on the corner of Aldwych and the Strand, you enter One Aldwych Hotel into the Lobby Bar. A soaring space with elegant pillars, ground-to-ceiling windows, dramatic floral displays, the Lobby Bar is both impressive and welcoming.
If you are looking for a place to kick-off your evening at the theatre or for a post-show night-cap, The Lobby Bar at the One Aldwych is a fitting venue.
Bar 45 at 45 Park Lane
Bar 45 is housed in The Dorchester Collection’s 45 Park Lane. The bar features a long, black granite bar with an autumnal amber and red colour scheme throughout.
The cocktail menu includes speciality infused vodka and gin creations, and I can personally recommend ‘Pepito’s Revenge’, which is made from tequila and lime with an overriding basil flavour, and the Umami Cocktail, although impossible to accurately describe, is certainly worth a try!