There are many theories that try and work out why a cocktail is actually called a cocktail.  Some think it’s the mispronunciation of the French word for egg cup coquetier, others think the word originated in the early 19th century where various ‘experts’ were experimenting with ‘stimulating liquors to aid health’!  Whatever you choose to believe, you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars in Mayfair, who have made mixology into a true art. Come and try them for yourself.  Once sipped, never forgotten!

Claridge’s Bar Terrace
Glamour in a glass

The last word in louche cocktails, Claridge’s Bar Terrace is the place for incredible drinks and plates.  Check out their new menu, inspired by the Mediterranean and sip on one of their legendary cocktails. The Flapper is a classic and was created when they first opened their doors in 1998.  The drink references the impossibly glamourous ‘Flapper’ ladies during the Art Deco period and the cocktail is a fabulous blend of strawberry, cassis and champagne.  If champagne is more your scene, you’ve come to the right place.  Claridge’s is the expert – and has a champagne chapter and verse menu of possibilities.  For small plates, think beef carpaccio with peppery rocket or white truffle pizza and citrusy spaghtettini.  Perfect!

Claridge’s Brook Street, London W1K 4HR

Scott’s
A seafood institution

Scott’s was originally opened as an oyster warehouse in 1851 and being amongst the five oldest restaurants in London, has kept true to its history. Established as one of the most fashionable and glamourous restaurants in town, Scott’s has welcomed film stars, politicians and writers through the decades.  Rumour has it that it’s where James Bond’s famous dry martini ‘shaken not stirred’ was created, as Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming was a regular visitor.  With outdoor seating at the front of this grand dame of restaurants, why not enjoy the taste of the coast while you watch the world go by on Mount Street?  Feeling cocktail whimsical?  Try a Jabberwocky with Wyborowa vodka, passion fruit and bitters or a Brumble with Havana rum lime juice and mint syrup.

20 Mount Street, London W1K 2HE

Boisdale of Mayfair
Classic Elegance

Nestled in converted listed stables on North Row, just off Park Lane – you’ll find Boisdale of Mayfair, a shellfish bar and cigar terrace, a distinctive space with mahogany panelling and an eclectic collection of classical and modern original artwork.  Head down to the Vinyl Bar where you can choose your favourite song from a collection of superlative old school records, order a cocktail (what type?) and sit back and enjoy.

12 North Row, Mayfair, London W1K 7DF 

The Biltmore Mayfair
Sophistication in a glass

If you’re looking for quiet elegance, head for The Pine Bar at The Biltmore Mayfair where you’ll be transfixed by some of the best cocktails in Mayfair.  This oasis of calm specialises in being as innovative as they can be.  Try the Perfect Hive – which celebrates the 274,000 honey bee hives found around the country or if you fancy a Ploughman’s – then go for it – this long drink is earthy and smokey and inspired by the traditional ploughman’s, with quintessentially British botanical flavours.

44 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 2HP