Since coming to London my favourite bar for both an after work drink in town and a place for meeting friends has been The Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair.
It’s one of those venues for me which ‘ticks all of the boxes’. First and foremost great service and mixology – although I tend not to stray from my familiar friends the Aviation and the Gibson.
Secondly, it has an inner sanctum feel to it. You have to wind your way through the hotel lobby, the Tea Room (which serves an excellent afternoon tea) and then into the cool confines of the bar.
Thirdly, like other hotel bars it attracts a great combination of resident, visitor, business type, tourist, young, old. So the vibe is always balanced.
The only downside is you have to negotiate the iconic boutiques of Mayfair without spending on the way to and from the Bar !