The Connaught Hotel Bar Carlos Place Mayfair London cocktails

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The Connaught Bar review

Many of London's best bars are inside hotels, which means that visiting for a drink is a fun, affordable way to access the city's swanky side. That's exactly what Kohinoor Sahota did at The Connaught – read about her visit here.

Stepping into The Connaught is like stepping back in time. The 17th-century hotel has a roaring fire place, dark wooden walls and even its own inviting scent – Solis Rex Versailles by Cire Trudon. It’s no surprise to find that this luxury hotel is home to a Michelin-starred restaurant and a world-famous bar, which was placed at number five on the World’s 50 Best Bars list 2018. If you can’t afford to stay here – rooms reach up to £2000, after all – The Connaught Bar is more than a suitable substitute.

It’s only 10 years old, but The Connaught Bar’s classic look means that it feels like it’s been around forever. There is Champagne and wine, but it’s the cocktails that separate this from ordinary hotel bars. If you are only staying for one drink, choose from the Masterpieces menu – these are the drinks that have made the venue famous. The hotel loves paying tribute to its history: the Fleurisso cocktail (£22) honours past guest Princess Grace of Monaco and the Madame D (£20) was created for its chef, Hélène Darroze. 

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The Connaught Hotel Bar Carlos Place Mayfair London cocktails martini
If you want to be shaken and stirred, choose the Connaught Martini (£22). What makes this drink particularly popular is the way it’s served: we watched a group of Chinese tourists, all with their phones out, recording the theatrical process. The waiter rolls his gin trolley to you and you choose exactly what you want, from smelling the gin to choosing the garnish. After a couple of cocktails, I understood why the shelves here are bursting with awards. Dress up and drink up – The Connaught Bar awaits.

The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL | | 020-7314 3419 
Mon-Sat 10.30am-1am, Sun 10.30am-12 midnight 
Prices correct at time of publishing 

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