'A fabulous date night often starts with a cocktail... especially if it's a first date...always good to help with the nerves! '
There are some bars in London that just get it so right: delicious drinks, beautiful glassware, attentive service and a stunning interior. When I decided to put together my favourite bars for total luxury, I thought of all the gorgeous bars my husband and I had visited throughout our years of dating...
And firstly: a disclaimer...all of the bars that I've chosen are hotel bars. There's plenty of cool bars in London that are the latest places to be with a funky interior, maybe a quirky theme and innovative cocktails. But for me, true luxury is timelessness and that's what you see in the most elegant and luxurious bars in London.
The Look: Over 100 years old, that Connaught Hotel is well and truly timeless and it's bar, The Connaught Bar, is my favourite luxury bar in London. English Cubists and Irish 1920s art inspired designer, David Collins and the silver overlays, velvet panelling and leather sofas make this bar as luxe as you can get.
The Drinks: The Connaught is famous for it's perfect Martinis, they even have a famous Martini trolley where drinkers are offered a choice of bitters so that the barman can prepare the drinks according to the patrons mood and taste. What I totally love about the place is the Lalique glasses which make you feel even more elegant as you sip your champagne. I love them so much that I bought some for myself.
The Look: Another David Collins designed beauty. While the Bar is completely blue, your mood won't be as you sit in light blue armchairs, admire the blue walls and choose your cocktail from the navy blue leather menu. The style of the bar is classic and contemporary and certainly not stuffy despite the luxe location.
The Drinks: Always in fashion, the Berkeley is famous for their Pret a Portea afternoon tea, served in the Caramel Lounge. In keeping with it's fashion conscious reputation, cocktails are seasonal and currently on the menu are winter warmers many containing a hint of spice.
The Look: The American Bar is legendary for being one of the first and longest surviving bars to serve cocktails when 'mixed drinks' became popular in the late 19th Century, as Transatlantic travel became fashionable. The Savoy was also the home for some of the first famous barmen including Harry Craddock, who compiled the world famous Savoy Cocktail book. Despite the Savoy's refurbishment the bar has retained the original art deco style and glittering mirrors, an ornate ceiling and a resident pianist adds to the glamour.
The Drinks: As you may imagine for a bar with so much history, the menu is divided up by era and many drinks pay homage to important events and inventions such The Queen's Coronation, The Phone Box and the Moonwalk. Cocktails are both classic and inventive, representing the evolution of The Savoy as a Bar.
The Look: Fancy drinks in the clouds or among the stars? The bar at Galvin at Windows is the probably the most luxurious sky high bar and restaurant in London. Located on the 28th floor of the Park Lane Hilton, the bar has panoramic views across London and Hyde Park. The interior of the Michelin-starred restaurant and bar is, of course, suitably plush but it's really all about what you can see through those famous windows.
The Drinks: The cocktails come in two categories. 'The Prescriptions' are premium classic cocktails and are good for 'what ails ya.' And 'The Constellations' are inspired by the night's sky and divided into the four cardinal points which represent pre-dinner drinks, after dinner cocktails, champagne cocktails (my favourite), and all night very drinkable drinks... There is also a Milky Way section of non-alcoholic drinks.
The Look: For three years in a row, Artesian has been named World's Best Bar... that's the whole world...not just London. Another fine example of a David Collins designed bar, it’s totally glamorous and opulent with deep purple sofas, butterfly motifs and ornate Chinese Chippendale cabinets housing the large range of spirits.
The Drinks: The Langham serves experimental cocktails, which are totally unique in London. The menu is focused on the theme of 'unfolding and exploring' as the guests are invited to test out new techniques and ingredients. Artesian bar showcases a brand new innovative cocktail menu every year served alongside London's largest collection of rum and a hugely extensive champagne list.
My name is Angie and I am a London foodie and fun lover. I adore London life, champagne, good food, luxury travel and sky-high killer heels (especially Louboutins)! SilverSpoon London is a fun and fabulous blog fusing London life, foodie adventures and luxury travel. www.silverspoonlondon.co.uk