Opened in 1963, this was Trader Vic’s first international foray; it is now the oldest of the restaurants still in operation. Located in the basement of the London Hilton on Park Lane, the restaurant was remodeled in 2014 (after a fire in the hotel), but retains much of its original decor. Their Chinese wood-fired oven helps create dishes not just Polynesian, but from the Middle East and Mediterranean as well. Drinks are more classically tiki, served in Vic’s signature drinkware.
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To quote Warren Zevon in Werewolves of London: "I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada at Trader Vic's..."
Unfortunately no memorabilia is for sale, but generous employees have been known to sneak a mug or swizzle stick to worthy customers.