James Bond's Favourite Bars in London
Everybody knows that the world's most famous spy is no stranger to a cocktail or two, but in which London bars would James Bond enjoy his Vesper Martini? The cocktails would need to be perfectly made, the bar would need to be exclusive and the customers dressed sharp. Think you can live up to 007? Or just interested in spending an evening drinking some cocktails suitable for Bond himself? Look no further as these are our recommended bars where you'd find the elusive Mr. Bond.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
With a cocktail list longer than most food menus, Salvatore is a haven for cocktail enthusiasts. A short walk from Hyde Park Corner station, Salvatore, owned by cocktail maestro Salvatore Calabrese offers its customers a taste of the past, stocking spirits from the 18th Century. With live piano and an endless list of cocktails which are served by playboy bunny girls, it's no surprise that Salvatore is on the list of James Bond's favourite bars in London.
Despite shedding its 'Members Only' policy The Met Bar is still one of the most glamorous bars in London and definitely a bar James Bond would be seen in. With DJ sets on the weekends and an almost never ending list of cocktails, as well as the opportunity to take part in a cocktail masterclass, The Met Bar is the perfect setting for Bond to treat one of his many female friends to a martini and a spot of dinner.
Decorated as it's name suggests, Baroque in Mayfair pays homage to 17th Century Europe with its lavish decorations. Baroque mixes fine dining with live performances from acts such as the Rock 'n' Roll circus, to create an experience that is hard to forget. It's no surprise that James Bond would visit this bar as you are served by playboy bunnies, which mixed with the burlesque and cabaret acts, heightens the decadent atmosphere.
Long Bar is at the Sanderson Hotel and close to Tottenham Court Road tube station. You don't need to be a guest at the hotel to drink at the bar which makes it a popular choice with people searching for innovative and original cocktails. With DJ sets and live music, Long Bar is the place to be seen and an ideal spot for James Bond to try and sweep an unsuspecting model off her feet.
Hidden away from prying eyes in a historic Mayfair courtyard, we reckon you’d find 007 clutching a martini in Mews’ glamorous basement lounge. It’s a buzzing little spot for those in the know, with guests revelling in the decadence of the grand piano and glass-beaded walls. You’ll likely find Mr Bond working his charm in the venue’s candlelit alcoves, signature cocktail and vintage champagne in tow.
The Luggage Room is a small and intimate venue hidden behind a black door in Mayfair. The air of mystery and intimacy makes this a perfect hangout for the likes of James Bond to escape the city. With a well stocked bar and a cocktail list to suit all tastes and moods The Luggage Room serves 'heritage cocktails' alongside some modern inspirations.
Voted 'World's Best Bar 2013' (where else would the world's most famous spy drink!) Artesian appears to epitomise everything which is sophisticated about the London bar scene. Inside the Langham Hotel, Artesian allows James Bond a chance to relax alongside London's elite. An impressive setting to take one of his girlfriends or a spot to enjoy one of their many innovative cocktails, Artesian is well deserved of their prestigious award.