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November 19th, 2008

London is famous for its grand hotels, and names like Claridge’s and The Ritz are synonymous with five-star luxury. Almost as famous are the bars these hotels house, honey pots to the rich and famous and many, like the Savoy, with a historic link to the cocktail. In the first of a new series, I explore the hotel bars of London and see if their reputations are deserved.

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Artesian Bar

February 18th, 2009

Artesian Bar

London is famous for its grand hotels, and names like Claridge’s and The Ritz are synonymous with five-star luxury. Continuing a series investigating the bars of these historic venues, I visit Artisian Bar, the rum-centric bar attached to the Langham Hotel.

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The Purple Bar

February 1st, 2009

The Purple Bar

London is famous for its grand hotels, and names like Claridge’s and The Ritz are synonymous with five-star luxury. Continuing a series investigating the bars of these historic venues I visit The Purple Bar at The Sanderson. An opulent mix of rich purple fabrics, chic cut-glass mirrored tiles and raw stone, do the drinks live up to the decor?

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The Donovan Bar

December 27th, 2008

The Donovan Bar

London is famous for its grand hotels, and names like Claridge’s and The Ritz are synonymous with five-star luxury. Continuing a series investigating the bars of these historic venues I visit the bar at Brown’s Hotel, an homage to British photographer Terence Donovan.

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The May Fair Bar

December 21st, 2008

The May Fair Bar

London is famous for its grand hotels, and names like Claridge’s and The Ritz are synonymous with five-star luxury. Continuing a series investigating the bars of these historic venues, I visit the sleek and modern May Fair Hotel to try drinks at the similarly contemporary May Fair Bar.

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Blue Bar at The Berkeley

December 12th, 2008

Blue Bar at The Berkeley

London is famous for its grand hotels, and names like Claridge’s and The Ritz are synonymous with five-star luxury. Continuing a series investigating the bars of these historic venues, I head over to Knightsbridge to visit The Blue Bar at The Berkeley, a very blue bar and allegedly a favourite haunt of Madonna.

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The Dorchester Bar

December 5th, 2008

The Dorchester Bar

London is famous for its grand hotels, and names like Claridge’s and The Ritz are synonymous with five-star luxury. Continuing a series investigating the bars of these historic venues, I visit The Dorchester Bar to sample their house Old Tom gin.

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Claridge’s Bar

November 26th, 2008

Claridge’s Bar

London is famous for its grand hotels, and names like The Dorchester and The Ritz are synonymous with five-star luxury. Continuing a series investigating the bars of these historic venues, I visit Claridge’s Bar to see how their cocktails shape up.

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