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Martinis in London
Dukes Bar at Dukes Hotel
Dukes Hotel, 35 St James's Place, London, SW1A 1NY
Mon-Sat 14.00-23.00 Sun 16.00-22.30
They only allow you to have two Martinis here which says a - they're strong and b - better start your night here. In all seriousness though, this bar is dedicated to the Martini and it makes them with such incredible finesse you'll never want to drink them elsewhere, with two possible exceptions. Martinis belong in Mayfair and this is the mecca. Straight up, ice cold, gin or vodka, splash of vermouth and a zest of lemon. Close your eyes and pretend you're Ian Fleming (who actually drank here) or better yet his most famous character, and you'll know what all the fuss is about.
Connaught Bar at The Connaught
The Connaught, Carlos Place, London, W1K 2AL
Mon-Sat 16.00-01.00 Sun CLOSED
Beautifully designed, this is a room filled with glamour. Just as with Dukes they also have a Martini trolley which is wheeled over to your table before the decadent construction of the drink begins before your own eyes. There's plentiful bitters to add a bite of extra flavour, so if you're one to get creative then here's your chance. However the tried and tested classic formula is executed to perfection. Nibble on the insanely good olives and luxuriate in the elegance of the hotel, the bar and your Martini.
American Bar at The Savoy
The Savoy Hotel, Carting Lane, London, WC2R 0EU
Mon-Sat 11.30-00.00 Sun 12.00-00.00
Would it be a stretch to say this is one of the originally great places in the world to order a Martini? No, it wouldn't. Which is exactly why we're here. History, opulence and a crooney piano. Sublime. There's a real Hollywood appeal to this bar which makes a classic Martini the ultimate drink to order. Pick a spirit, pick a garnish - it's the end of the night so we're having dry right? - and enjoy. Remember after that third Martini a taxi is always a good idea. Another is not.