Claridge's Bar: The Royal Treatment in London
For travelers looking to receive the royal treatment in London, there are few options better than Claridge's, a five-star hotel whose history dates back to the middle of the 19th Century. Small wonder Claridge's Bar is among Luxist's nominees in the best hotel bar category.
The Claridge's first incarnation, a small hotel at 51 Brook Street, was founded in 1854 by William and Marianna Claridge. The pair purchased the neighboring Mivart hotel, rechristening their new establishment Claridge's, and Europe's most influential citizens began to take note. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert made their first visit in 1890; the hotel served as a haven for exiled monarchs during World War II. In 1945, Suite 212 was declared part of Yugoslavia so that Crown Prince Alexander could be born on home turf.
Gallery: Claridge's Bar
Today, Claridge's Bar is an expression of the hotel's grand heritage. Designed by David Collins, the Art Deco-style bar – more old-fashioned than the swank Coburg Bar – is among London's most elegant places to grab a drink. Each table is adorned with a single red rose; green glass chandeliers hang from a silver-leafed ceiling. Don't bother making a reservation – the bar's policy is first come, first served. For those who prefer privacy, a 20-seat back area called The Snuggery can be reserved.
Claridge's Bar boasts one of the largest champagne selections in London. Classic and contemporary cocktails can be had as well. For those with an appetite for solid sustenance, the bar offers a selection of sushi, truffles, fish and chips, and other snacks.
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