Wonder where to take your business partners for an after work drinks? Don't worry, we've got you cover.
After a meeting, what is better than sit down with your partners in a local bar and order some celebratory drinks together? Now, the key is setting the right mood. For an after work drink with business partners, your local pub might not cut it. You need to pull up a shiny stool at one of London's best hotel bars where provide seamless service and classy clientele. That's why, today we are looking at 10 of the best hotel bars in London. From edgy basement bar to luxurious Skylounge,these bars provide three crucial elements to set you in the mood: the upscale decor, the intimate ambience, and top-notch drinks.
In addition, these hotels also feature excellent meeting facilities in the premises. You can host your meeting in one of these and spare the hustle and bustle of London's traffic by going straight to the bar after the meeting. Win-win, right?
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American Bar at the Savoy
Arguably the most famous cocktail bar in London, the American Bar at the Savoy has long cemented its place in the public hearts. The key to success of the American Bar lies in its mixologists. Its first famous bartender, Lady Ada "Coley" Coleman took over the bar and invented one of the bar's most signature drink - the Hanky Panky cocktail. In 1930, Harry Craddock notoriously compiled together his recipes into the legendary The Savoy Cocktail Book; which includes the now-classic cocktails like the White Lady or the Corpse Reviver #2. The current bartender - Erik Lorincz- equally talented as his predecessors- had won the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year in 2010. He has reinvented the menu to become a beautiful mixture of classic cocktails and exotic features.
The American Bar is located in the Edwardian side of the Savoy in the Strand, London. It oozes a retro glamour vibe, with its classic 1920s art-deco interior, old photographs on the wall, suited pianist and bartenders dressed in pristine white suits, walking into the American Bar really is like a stepping back in time.
Artesian at the Langham Hotel
Located on the ground floor of the Langham, Artesian Bar is one of London's most quintessential luxury hotel bar. It held the title of "World's Best Bar" four years in a row from 2011 to 2015. The bar, as expected, is a combination of five-star venue's opulence, blade-sharp service, and delicious drink; made from fresh ingredients and premium spirits. The venue itself, The Langham London, is one of the most prominent venues for meetings and conferences in the capital.
Punch Room at Edition London
This contemporary, oak-panelled bar in the Edition London is a high-fashion watery hole for business partners for an after work hangout. A reservations-only policy makes the place more exclusive, besides the retro soul track, guests have the feeling like a swinging '70s house party. Stay true to its namesake; the bar offers 30 speciality punches including the signature gin-infused EDITION house punch with jasmine tea and oak moss. In addition, the bar also offers a reservation-only "Scandal Water" service, which revolves around five carefully crafted pairing of teas and foods, each designed to perfectly complements one another. One notorious item is the "Iced Gem" Shortbread biscuit with butter Cream or miso cured Salmon with Caviar. Additionally, guests who enjoy "Scandal Water" are offered custom created punch from each of the respective teas.
Beaufort Bar at the Savoy
While the American Bar brings out the most of the old-fashioned, Victorian pristine and classic, the Beaufort Bar is more contemporary and glamorous. It was the hotel's former cabaret stage and auditorium, so it has a theatrical feel, with a palatial black-and-gold colour scheme and oriental-influenced, art deco flourishes. Drinks vary from lavish and rare cocktails such as the Cuban Bacardi from the 1940s for £250 or a 236-year-old Harewood House rum, for £12,000, to a more affordable drinks such as the Embankment Gardens, one of the bar's signature drinks which features Oxley gin and spiced Martini Bianco mixed with fig leaves syrup. If you are a fan of Coco Chanel, there is her "character drink" on the menu which comprises red wine, Grey Goose, Lillet Blanc and Moet & Chandon, served with a jasmine and rose-scented spray and a caviar tin of black sugar pearls.
The Green Bar at Hotel Cafe Royal
If you are looking for a more vibrant bar which is less heavy on the decor and more on the cocktails, check out the Green Bar at Hotel Cafe Royal in Soho. Inspired by the Cafe Royal Cocktail Book compiled in 1937, this new Green Bar, Botanicals & Tonics is a cool hangout destination for Gin & Tonics lovers. The "Gin Journey" menu - helmed by the bar's mixologists- features unique takes on classic gin and tonic; collecting different recipes of gins and tonics garnished from all around the world, then adding the twists by focusing on the personality and history behind them. Moreover, fans of absinthe would be happy to know that the Green Bar is famous for its own absinthe fountain - a device which delivers a drizzle of ice-cold water into a glass of absinthe to make the drink milder and bring out the most of the herbal ingredients. This dilutes the alcohol-rich drink and liberates the all-important herbal ingredients.
Miranda Bar at the Ace Hotel
Quirky but down-to-earth (no pun intended) is the Miranda Bar at Ace Hotel London in Shoreditch. Located underneath the swanky hotel, Miranda Bar is a perfect obscure getaway from the busy nightlife of London. With moodily-lit dimmer and a stripped-back design, once you set foot inside the bar is like entering a long lost hippy place. The entertainment here is always on point: every night, there are free evening and late night programs with a mix of music gigs, curated arts, soul nights, comedy and theatre. And yoga. And reggae. If you are in look for something quite unpredictable for a night out in London, you should definitely check it out!
Rivoli Bar at the Ritz, London
Camphor wood walls, illuminated Lalique glass panels, gilded ceiling domes, The Rivoli Bar is no ordinary watery holes you always see. Located in the luxurious The Ritz, London in Mayfair, the bar reflects the glamorous effects of the 50's era. Bar Staffs are required to follow a strict dress code with white jackets. Guests are politely asked to not wear trainers and sportswear at any of the hotel restaurants or bars. Cocktails here are not cheap either, among the nine house speciality cocktails is the Cesar Ritz (£120), made with Courvoisier l’Esprit, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs champagne and Angostura bitters; but if what you seek for is the sense of unadulterated luxury, the Rivoli is the place to be.
Bassoon Bar at the Corinthia London
What do Colin Firth, Jemima Khan, and Mariella Frostrup all have in common? The answer: They all have visited Bassoon Bar at the luxury Corinthia Hotel London. The bar is well-received not only with the Art Deco design and the jazz-inspired theme which embraces the glory spirit of the 19th-century, but also the drinks here are top-notch. Cocktails are carefully crafted by the finest bartenders in the capital to bring out the essences and characteristics, starting with the names. For example, the Gasby Champagne Cocktails menu includes drinks like The Whitehall Lady - a seductive mixture of Russian Standard Platinum Vodka with Elderflower Cordial, Lemon Juice, and toped up with Champagne; or The King's speech- which comprises of Raspberry Juice, Mint, Chambord Liqueur,Champagne and Raspberry Foam. Apparently, for a bar of this magnitude, drinks do not come cheap. However, a night out at this upscale locale to enjoy the cosy atmosphere and excellent services is well worth the investment.
SkyLounge at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Tower of London
SkyLounge at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel London - Tower of London (Credits to: Double Tree by Hilton)
Set on the 12th floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Tower of London, The SkyLounge is a wonderful bar to take your business partner to have a drink and enjoy the view. And if you are lucky and early enough, you can get a table on the terrace and enjoy the spectacular London's night sky and views over the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the Shard and the River Thames. Drinks and cocktails have the same spirits that you'd expect from the bar: interesting and captivating. For £12, you can have the Azzuro Sour - a signature cocktail in the house- which includes Johnnie Walker Black Label, Cointreau and elderflower syrup joined in a foamy harmony of egg white, topped up with Peroni Nastro Azzurro.
The dazzling setup and fabulous outdoor terrace in the SkyLounge make all guests feel like celebrities. Terrace's tables are served on the first come first serve basis, but you can book indoor tables beforehand.
Scarfes Bar at The Rosewood London
Roaring fireplace, comfy velvet armchairs, and glowing lamps, the Scarfes Bar is set for intimate hangouts , with complimentary live music seven nights a week. Named after the famous illustrator Gerald Scarfe, the marble walls are littered with his works, making it even more glamorous. The prices here are on par with other central London's hotel bars, pricey but still affordable for a perfect date on a wintery night. Signature cocktails are inspired by famous British characters including James Bond, Margaret Thatcher, or Winston Churchill. For example, for £22, you can have a Rolling Stones-inspire cocktail "Start Me Up" which includes a Royal Salute 21yo Whisky, Poppy Seeds, Campari, Peach Wine and Horny Goat Weed.
Over To You
These wonderful hotel bars in the central of London provides everything you need from the beautiful decor to cosy atmosphere to set up the mood for your after work drink with your business partners. And why don't you make booking to host your meeting room in the same hotel and save both you and your partners from the hustle? Your call. Head over to MeetingPackage.com and discover even more sweet deals for booking meeting rooms in London.