It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year, and there’s no place quite as magical as Mayfair to truly embrace the festive spirit.
Lights go up, Christmas music can be heard on the streets, and menus are given a wonderfully seasonal makeover. And of course, it wouldn’t be a holiday without some treats to feast on. As far as drinks are concerned, you can forget all about mulled wine. Instead, head to one of the many venues in Mayfair that will spoil you with yuletide cocktails and festive atmospheres. Now start booking, you’ve got a lot of catching up to do.
Best for drinks with friends: The Lucky Cat Bar
If you’re after something a little less traditional than your average mulled cider, then The Lucky Cat Bar is for you. Part of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, it celebrates the spirit of Tokyo’s 1930s Kissa Clubs and Shanghai’s drinking dens. Hero beverages include the Shiso Smash and the Singapore Sling, but to be honest, the cocktail combinations are endless thanks to the well-stocked bar’s extensive list of bitters, gins and vermouth, so come in with an open mind and enjoy the ride. It’ll make for the most fun outing with friends.
The Lucky Cat Bar, 10 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP
0207 107 0000
Best for drinks with your colleagues: Scott’s
It’s hard not to be impressed by Scott’s glamourous history. Whilst it first opened as an oyster warehouse in the 1950s, it went on to become one of London’s most revered seafood restaurants and bars, and has welcomed politicians, artists, film stars and writers over the decades. The perfect place to mix business and pleasure. Signature cocktails include the Jabberwocky (a mix of Wyborowa Vodka, Passion fruit, Lemon juice, Agave and Pineapple juice) and the Bitters Bergamot Negroni (Beefeater Gin, Martini Bianco, Italicus Bergamotto).
Scott’s, 20 Mount Street, London W1K 2RN
0207 495 7309
Best for drinks with your family: Claridge’s Bar
If you’re planning a day of Christmas shopping with your family, you’ll no doubt be in need of a treat once you’re ready to drop. Whether you’re from out of town or a die hard Londoner, you simply can’t go wrong with the institution that is Claridge’s. In keeping with the hotel, the bar is an ode to all things art deco. While you’ll be spoiled for choice with rare champagnes and spirits, do ask the bartender to surprise you with a cocktail, and look out for the special food and drinks festive menus from 8th November onwards.
Claridge’s, Brook Street, London W1K 4HR
0207 629 8860
Best for a romantic date night: The Red Room at The Connaught
Stepping into The Connaught’s Red Room, through a velvet-curtained doorway from the hotel’s Champagne Room, is akin to stepping back in time. Think a soft pink colour palette, majestic fireplace, pink onyx bar and art deco style furnishings. While away the hours sipping on vintage champagne or one of the bar’s eight signature cocktails, and admiring the curated art collection.
The Connaught, Carlos Place, London W1K 2AL
0207 499 7070
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Best for non-alcoholic cocktails: Jamavar
Non drinkers needn’t be left behind this festive season. Indian fine dining restaurant Jamavar has an excellent selection of alcohol-free cocktails that perfectly tie in with its excellent menu. Favourites include The Lychee Cooler (Lychee juice, fresh passion fruit, fresh lime & vanilla) and Spring Garden (Guava juice, fresh raspberries, fresh lemon & white peach). Cheers!
8 Mount Street, London W1K 3NF
0207 499 1800
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