There’s no better place in the world to get a bracingly chilled, perfectly blended Martini than in London. The city is home to a number of bars that are suitable for all kinds of outings: Looking for an after-work drink? A tipple with dinner? A Martini with history? No matter your preference, London is sure to have a bar for you. Below, we profile five different watering holes that will quench your thirst, in addition to the Egerton House Hotel Bar, which serves the city’s best classic Martini.
For A Classic Martini: The Egerton House Hotel Bar
At the Egerton House Hotel bar in Knightsbridge, we’re proud to offer one of the city’s finest – under the exacting eyes of our experienced barman Antonio, each Martini is mixed to perfection. The comfortable atmosphere and elegant bar area make for the perfect place to sit back and indulge in a slower pace of life, if only for an hour or two.
For An After-Work Martini: Duke’s
A well-mixed Martini provides the perfect tonic to a busy or stressful working day. Businesspeople in the know head to Duke’s in Mayfair to sit back and indulge. No small legend in the cocktail world, barman Alessandro Palazzi has drawn worldwide accolades for his Martinis, including inventive versions like the Truffle Martini. His capable service, the bar’s placid atmosphere, and the spot-on Martinis make Duke’s a perfect weekday retreat.
For A Dinnertime Martini: Balthazar
Top restaurateur Keith McNally has long drawn in New York’s foodies with his upscale French bistro Balthazar, and since the French restaurant touched down in London several months ago, it’s honed a sterling reputation for its bar, too. For those looking for something a little stronger than the house wine to pair with their steak frites, Balthazar’s Martini offers the perfect solution. Sit back on the red banquettes and sip away.
Balthazar, 4-6 Russell Street, London WC2B 5HZ
+44 (0)20 3301 1155,
For A Mixology-Inspired Martini: 69 Colebrooke Row
This discreet cocktail emporium, otherwise known as “the bar with no name,” is owned by legendary mixologist Tony Conigliaro. Tony C, as he’s known amongst drinkers around the world, is known for doing decidedly untraditional things with his cocktails. Case in point? The Martini at 69 Colebrooke Row is dosed with grape seed extract, a very unusual ingredient that gives it extra astringency and dryness.
For a Historical Martini: Rules
London’s oldest restaurant, Rules has remained a renowned dining destination in the city since 1798. It’s not just the classic British cooking that attracts visitors, though. The Martini at Rules’ cocktail bar draws in guests looking to journey back in time. The relaxed and intimate atmosphere makes Rules an off-the-radar favourite of London’s bartending set, while its fireplace makes the bar a perfectly cosy place to hunker down in during the winter. Rest assured, Rules have been serving excellent Martinis since the drink was first invented.
For a Jazz Age Martini: Christopher’s Martini Bar
Something of a London institution, Christopher’s Martini Bar in Covent Garden has recently undergone a renovation; its sparkling, 1920s-inspired lounge area brings a heady serving of glamour. But it’s the Martini that really draws in the crowds. In addition to the perfectly traditional version of the drink, the bar also offers a menu of “decadent” Martinis. It’s only befitting of the Roaring Twenties.