Whether your poison is rum, whisky or gin, Culture Trip has assembled the very best hotel bars in Mayfair for you to head to the next time you’re at a loose end in one of the capital’s most luxurious districts.
This luxury hotel needs little introduction. Wedged between the glitzy hangouts of Bond Street, Green Park, Covent Garden and Buckingham Palace, Claridge’s is housed in a glorious location. The cocktail bar is as cool as you would expect, with a menu of classics and house creations. Highlights include the collection of unusual champagne cocktails and the bar’s innovative use of fresh fruit in its chic creations.
Intimate and sophisticated, the Donovan Bar is tucked away on a quiet Mayfair side street. The soft lighting, smooth jazz and black-and-white photographs lining the bar all serve to make you feel cosseted in comfortable luxury. The classic cocktail can’t be beaten, and you even get bar snacks for free. Live jazz is played some nights. The tables are small, so arrive early if you don’t want to wait.
This opulent bar is decorated in a beautful Art Deco style. Marble-topped tables and a quiet atmosphere make this an elegant and underrated place for an evening nightcap. It’s open all day and is a great place for a lunch meeting. The cocktail menu doesn’t strike a wrong note, and the helpful staff make it easy to choose a libation that matches your mood.
Looking for other Mayfair inspiration? Check out our nightlife guide to the area.