BAR NONE: A London Insider Shares His Favorite Hotel Hang-Outs
London has some fabulous hotels, with hotel bars that match their reputation. As a big fan of the hotel bar formula, Emyr himself admits he’s lost many an evening in London’s hotel bars. Here are a few of our London insider’s favorites to check out on your next London visit.
Nowhere is there a hotel bar more welcoming and cozy than Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood London. Grab a prized seat in front of the open fire and enjoy a great cocktail list while listening to a live music performance that will result in a totally enchanting evening. Named after Gerald Scarfe, the renowned British artist and caricaturist, Scarfes Bar features original works of art throughout the warm space. Order the ‘Bubble & Shrubs’, made from local SipSmith Gin, Elderflower Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Berry Shrubs, Orange Bitters, Sugar Syrup and Egg White, topped up with Champagne.
The Connaught Bar at The Connaught is one of the most striking bars in London, perfect for a lively night out with close friends. Ordering from the signature Martini trolley is a must. A mixologist will bring the trolley to your table and create your bespoke martini in front of you. Choose from premium gin and vodka brands, add some Gancia Dry Vermouth, which is only available at the Connaught Bar, and choose your own flavor to create your signature drink – with options including lavender, coriander, cardamom, ginger, grapefruit, vanilla and liquorice, you could be in for a long night!
The effortlessly chic Fumoir Bar at Claridge’s will add a splash of 1930s glamour to your evening. Enter through an unassuming Lalique-panelled door to find a stunning bar area designed in rich colours and fabrics with vintage photographs covering the walls. Fumoir is truly the perfect place for a romantic evening with a signature glass of Champagne surrounded by the timeless splendour of Claridge’s.
A new boutique hotel in Marylebone, The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone is based on the fictional character of ‘wicked Uncle Seymour’ and his travels across the world. As such, Seymour’s Bar is designed with the trinkets and artefacts that he has picked up over the years. A cool, quirky bar that’s great for cocktail lovers and follows the same style as the original Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell in East London. This is the place for cocktail lovers – try the Valais Fizz, which includes Arquebuse Vodka, Lime, Fir Essence & soda.
Designed by the legendary David Collins, The Bassoon Bar at The Corinthia London has a stylish yet relaxed vibe and is a great place for some truly inventive cocktails (definitely try the Gatsby’s Champagne cocktails). You never know who you might see hiding in the private corner of the bar and you can’t miss eyeballing the centrepiece of the room which is the bar that grows out of a piano that doubles as the stage for live musical acts.
The Beaumont is one of London’s newest luxury hotels, occupying a historic building in Mayfair, originally built in 1926, where the hotel’s design is firmly in the Art Deco period. While the American Bar is bustling with local workers and residents, those truly in the know make their way to The Cub Room, exclusively used for hotel guests or those with the right contacts (like us). It’s the perfect place for a Martini with an all-day snack menu served by the hotel’s restaurant, The Colony Grill Room.