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Martinis in London

Jane Ryan
There is no other drink to rival this crisp, cold and elegant serve. It's pretty much the pinnacle of cocktail making, showing off the base spirit yet adding additional delicate touches (or not so delicate, depending on your style) to round off the taste. Few bars make a truly exceptional Martini. These are the best three in London.
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    Dukes Bar at Dukes Hotel

    Location

    Dukes Hotel, 35 St James's Place, London, SW1A 1NY

    Times

    Mon-Sat 2pm-11pm Sun 4pm-10.30pm

    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.

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    Connaught Bar at The Connaught

    Location

    The Connaught, Carlos Place, London, W1K 2AL

    Times

    Mon-Sat 4pm-1am 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.

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    American Bar at The Savoy

    Location

    The Savoy Hotel, Carting Lane, London, WC2R 0EU

    Times

    Mon-Sat 11.30am-Midnight Sun Midday-Midnight

    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.

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