For a drink to make it onto the menu at this decadent and theatrical Victorian cocktail bar, it must have ‘creative flair, be delicious and showcase the vast array of tinctures and tonics that we store in house,’ says Shaquille Da’Costa Payne, Assistant General Manager. Nothing else will do for clients who ‘appreciate the work that goes into every drink.’
The Mayfair home of the famed adventurer Phileas J. Fogg, Esq has the perfect drink for a pre wedding celebration – The Heart of a Regent. It’s a lusciously citrus cocktail featuring Belvedere Organic Infusions Lemon & Basil vodka, Italicus bergamot liqueur and lemon, lime and mint sorbet, topped up with Moët & Chandon Impérial Blanc N.V. Champagne. ‘This signature cocktail is a twist on the Venetian Sgroppino, normally served as a palate cleanser between courses with Prosecco, but we use Champagne for a more luxurious take on this Italian classic.’ Enjoy it within the walls of this wood panelled residence while marvelling at collected curiosities from all corners of the world.
Mr Fogg’s Apothecary Signature Menu highlights various ailments that were common in the Victorian era like melancholy and lethargy and the cocktails that can soothe these while Snifters showcase the vast range of spirits from Gin and Genever to Rum, Pisco, Whisky and Mezcal. Decanters also offer guests the opportunity to purchase a bottle accompanied by mixers from Franklin & Sons.
Those really in the mood to celebrate might care to try something from the Vintage Cocktails collection. Between The Sheets is a combination of Hine Fine Champagne V.S.O.P cognac (1970s), Bacardí Superior rum (1970s), Cointreau orange liqueur (1970s) and fresh lemon juice and at £90 is the most expensive you’ll find on the menu.
Visit on a Thursday evening to see the resident magician perform the dark arts or Friday and Saturday for the live DJ set.
Will it be oysters, posh Scotch eggs and sausages rolls at the bar of this landmark Duke Street pub – or will you take it up a level with Dover Sole and Champagne Sauce at a table in the elegant dining room where the focus is on classic British dishes like Pie & Mash, Lamb Chops and Rhubarb, Sherry & Custard Trifle. At The Barley Mow there is a more private curtained area that seats up to 20 guests if you like your dining more intimate.
Famed for serving the finest fish and shellfish dishes, this remains a staunch Mayfair favourite and prized people watching spot from its curb-side terrace. The Private Room with its marble-topped tropical fish tank bar has walls adorned with mirrors depicting creatures of the deep and can accommodate 40 guests at Scott’s, while the Arowana room can seat a cosy eight.
Designed for ‘seekers of the sublime’ this Greek and Mediterranean restaurant has been dominating Instagram feeds for months. Expect Greco-Roman feasting where everything is created to be shared. There are no mere main courses at Bacchanalia but rather ‘food from the Gods’ all set within neck-ache-inducing interiors that ensure every one of your senses are assaulted.
Combine fashion and food at Browns ‘ethical dining’ restaurant serving small sustainably created dishes, foraged cocktails (seaweed martini anyone?) and natural wines all sourced from the UK’s farms, fields and coastlines. Take a seat on the pretty pink sofa inside or on the covered courtyard when the weather is warmer.
Bordering Grosvenor Square, this Mayfair restaurant has no less than five expert sommeliers behind its red marble-topped bar to guide you through the vast cocktail menu. There is something inherently celebratory about No34 where the menu is peppered with global influences including Japanese sashimi, Korean spiced stone bass and Dorset crab. Also serving a selection of the world’s finest cigars, best enjoyed on the private terrace after dinner watching the Mayfair world past by.