Trader Vics

Address: 22 Park Lane, London Hilton, Park Lane, London, W1K 1BE, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 207 208 4113
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Wed midday-1am, Thurs-Fri midday-3am, Sat 5pm-3am, Sun 5pm-1am
Door: Open door
Style: Hotel bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: High-end
Food: Bar nibbles
Established: 1963

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The Original Tiki outpost in London, Trader Vics hasn't changed a bit since it opened in the Park Lane Hilton in 1963. Called the Boathouse Bar, the ceiling is hung with buoys, nets and the odd canoe. Add in the obligatory bamboo, woven palm leaves and carved wooden heads and you know what you're in for the minute you step down the stairs.

The menu is vast and features some new drinks alongside Victor's classic. Expect lashings of rum and pineapple in most cocktails on the list, as there's nothing on the menu that is 'off-brand'. A lot of the drinks are also on fire and although we should all be used to this now with the plethora of tiki bars - it's still novelty when they arrive at the table. Despite the often mixed-bag of guests this bar has a definite charm about it.

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