Chic and glamorous, Artesian at The Langham sports stunning interiors that combine Asian influences with modern touches. The bar's celebrated designer, David Collins, has settled for nothing less than luxurious. One look at the cocktail menu, and you'll understand why the bar is consistently ranked among the best bars in the world, year after year. Choose from an extensive menu of classics as well as some delightfully original creations. When it comes to drinks, no detail is spared, including ice which is made using a special process to complement your drink. Less than perfect is not an option here.
Promoting a different take on food and wine, this bar and restaurant showcases artisan products from Britain, France, Italy and Spain. There’s a strong emphasis on natural and organic wines created from the best grapes planted in rich soils, with no additions or fertilizers used during the process. The extensive wine list is organized by region - from Alsace to the Alps, Périgord to the Pyrenees, Nantes to Nevers - with staff offering recommendations if you’re feeling spoiled for choice. Food is top-notch and spans the Continental and Mediterranean palate. Feast on delectable scallops and charcuterie. With furniture, paintings and pictures all brought over from the country, it’s no surprise the décor and feel is distinctly French. Bon appétit!
Koko is one of London's largest club venues and very popular with the student and the local crowd. A wide variety of music is featured here, from disco and funk to handbag and house, depending on the night. The acoustics of this grand building lend themselves perfectly to live music and Koko has a policy of regularly showcasing live and upcoming talents. There really is something for everyone and this attracts a great mixed crowd. The dress code is smart casual - with no trainers, caps or football shirts allowed at weekends.
Specializing in South African, European and New World cuisine, Vivat Bacchus has been making the headlines ever since its inception. The stylish wine bar and fine food restaurant has been featured in newspapers and on daytime television in the UK as well as the world over. The menu changes on a regular basis, and the modern dishes are complemented by an extensive cellar of fine wines. Expert advice is offered by the professional wait staff to ensure you get the right combination. On Saturdays, some of the world's finest Jazz musicians provide lively entertainment.
Clamber down the steep, narrow staircase to cross the threshold of this Gothic-style 19th-century wine cellar- the oldest in London. Although located on busy Villiers Street, this institution of a wine bar (and former home of Rudyard Kipling) is preceded by an anonymous, even derelict-looking exterior. With nothing but a few cobweb-covered jars in a neglected window, only the faint lettering that begrudgingly spells the word 'Gordon's' invites you in. Downstairs, Londoners in the know huddle beneath low arches and antique clocks to enjoy wines from across the globe by candlelight. Besides the myriad of wines on offer, Gordon's has a noteworthy selection of sherry, port and Madeira served from wooden casks behind the bar. Also available is a variety of light dishes and continental cheeses with a generous hunk of French bread and butter.
It's almost impossible to describe Rules without lapsing into cliche; As the oldest restaurant in London, it's the epitome of British, colonial, mustache-twirling, tea-sipping, out-in-the-midday-sun Englishness. However, unlike such a description, it completely avoids self-parody and exudes a classic sophistication. It manages this, not least, by providing excellent food. Plenty of game and fish dishes appear alongside the other sumptuously traditional ones. The service, as you might expect, is similarly superb. Head out to the upper level to the bar that exudes an unforgettable old-world charm. The classic cocktails and martinis are a delight.
Few establishments are as impressive as the Rockwell. Located inside the Trafalgar Hotel, it boasts a trendy bar and a sophisticated restaurant, both oh which are considered happening hot spots. The bar was London's first Bourbon Bar, with over 100 bourbons featured on the menu. It is also known for its fabulous cocktails, and was voted 'Best Bar 2002' by the Evening Standard and Time Out magazine. The recently-opened restaurant is also gaining popularity - try the Oysters with Mango-Chilli Viniagrette, or the Meatballs with Duck Bolognese Sauce. The high-profile venue that it is, Rockwell has been the venue for various fashion shows and celebrity parties. And if you want to get romantic, the Roof Garden offers a breathtaking view of Trafalgar Square. It's the ideal place for champagne, fine dining, and intimate conversations.
Boyd's Brasserie Bar and Lounge is a trendy modern restaurant that looks like it's been built in a palace. With impressive and regal surroundings in the form of elaborate marble-work, high chandeliers, expensive looking furniture and the likes, this restaurant attracts an equally classy crowd. The food consists of mainly British and modern European style dishes that can be ordered from a fixed menu, or off the cart. They also have a great drinks menu that consists of cocktails and wines. This restaurant is ideal for a special occasion.
Although it is named the RS Hispaniola, there is little Spanish influence aboard this boat and restaurant. In fact, the food tends to be French-influenced, making an evening here better than the average Channel crossing. The service is naturally shipshape, and the Hispaniola offers a great three-course set lunch. All in all, the dining experience here is more for novelty value and good views of the river. The RS Hispaniola can be hired out for corporate functions, along with entertainment in the form of magicians, musicians or belly dancers.