Saturday, 19 January 2013

3 hotel cocktail bars I recommend in London

3) Mandarin Bar @ Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

A cocktail bar inside one of the most famous hotel in London, an ideal place to hang out after work or post shopping. It can get extremely busy thanks to Heston's latest offering just on the other side: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. The bar itself has three sides with the bartenders doing their magic behind the frosted glass. The cocktail list contains flavors around the world, labels under each city base on the city's culture and local ingredients. Service were great and the little nibbles were just as good. 
Mandarin Side Car

66 Knightsbridge, 
London SW1X 7LA, United Kingdom
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2) Galvin Bar @ Hilton Park Lane

Located in Mayfair's Hilton Hotel on the 28th floor, followed by a £500,000 refurbishment, and with a spectacular view that overseeing Mayfair on one side, and the Thames on the other, this is a destination for sight seeing the London cityscape in a luxury setting,
Wide choices of cocktails, if you are not sure you can always ask your bartender to surprise you with bespoke creation. The staff are friendly, professional and with great skills, my aperitif bespoke creation contain cognac, rum and port wine yet it tasted light with bags of characters. Sipping it with view of the sun setting down in the city, it is hard to beat that. If that is not enough, you can always make a dash next door to Galvin at Windows to experience 1 star Michelin contemporary French cuisine to complete a true memorable evening.
View from the bar. Photo taken from

22 Park Lane, 
London, Greater London W1K 1BE, United Kingdom

Artesian @ The Langham 

No contest really, voted the best bar in the world by Drinks International Magazine, sitting just north of Oxford Street. A beautiful Japanese decor designed by the world famous interior designer David Collin, this bar is as good as you can get. Bartenders here are one of the best in the business with serious skills and creative elements. Try the cask Mai Tai for a tropical experience with a hint of oak thanks to the aging process. Or a simple rum sour that is just as refreshing. Service is of high standard, hard to find faults at all in this wonderful bar. 
Highly recommend it, you won't be disappointed.

1C Portland Place, London W1B 1JA, United Kingdom

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