Duke’s Bar at Duke’s Hotel

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Tucked down a side street in Mayfair, Duke’s is almost completely hidden from the chaos of London. Service is impeccable if serious, but well suited to the surroundings: oil paintings of dukes preside, the marble fireplace flickers come winter and, with only a handful of tables, conversations remain hushed. Famously frequented by James Bond author Ian Fleming, Duke’s list details each drink’s backstory, most of which were inspired by Fleming’s books. The Fleming 89 is based on the ingredients in Bond’s No. 89 eau de toilette from London perfumery Floris, while the Oracabessa draws its heritage from the Jamaican island where Fleming wrote many of the Bond novels. Bar manager Alessandro Palazzi, a true master of the Martini, will remind you: “A Martini a day keeps the doctor away.”

Known For
  • craft cocktails
  • historic
  • hotel bar
What to drink
Duke's claims to make the world’s best Martini, and, at £18 each, it should be expected. Theatrically mixed tableside on the legendary Duke’s trolley, it's an essential order.