Address: 15-16 Gerrard Street, London W1D 6JA, UK
Address: On the Corner, Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 1679
Hours: Mon-Sat 5pm-2am
Type: Cocktail bar
The speakeasy concept has reached the lofty heights of the five-star hotel. The Luggage Room is reached either through a barely marked (a stoneworked sign is unlit) door to the left of the main hotel reception, which requires you to knock and be assessed through a spy hole before you can enter. There's a totally unmarked door from the hotel reception. Whether you think the speakeasy conceit is unnecessary, past its prime or contrary to good business sense and the idea of enticing customers over your threshold, what awaits you inside is a luxurious low-lit, marble, leather and dark wood little jewel box of a bar - the hotel's former left luggage room - with a 1920s soundtrack.
Welcome drinks on arrival, a high ratio of staff to customers, smartly turned out bartenders, an imaginative drinks list (and well-made cocktails) and some tasty small plates make for a fantastic combination even if the prices are high (£13-14 per cocktail and around £12 for most small plates). Drinks style is classic with whimsy relatively restrained, though flavour combinations tend to flavourful complexity, embodied by a house cocktail list that combines vodka, Campari, rose syrup and basil leaves in the menu-leading Luggage Cocktail and tequila, Green Chartreuse, maraschino and Talisker in the Penultimate Word. 4/5