American Bar at The Savoy

Address: The Savoy, Strand, London, WC2R 0EU, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7836 4343
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-midnight, Sun noon-11pm
Style: Hotel bar
Recommended for: Cocktails, Historic interest
Price guide: High-end
Food: No food
Established: 1893
Owned by: Fairmont

Images By: American Bar

Review By Simon Difford on 2016-08-04

Perhaps the most famous hotel in the world, The Savoy reopened in 2010 after a three-year, £100m+ refurbishment. While the rest of the hotel now sparkles with the polish of a Las Vegas casino, to the relief of bar aficionados the American Bar was merely given a lick of paint and a new carpet and looks practically unchanged from its last makeover.

It claims to be the oldest surviving cocktail bar in England, having opened in 1893 in the original riverside part of the hotel, moving to this location in 1904.

The black and white photos on the walls and in glass cases attest to the American Bar's place in history - not only was this Frank Sinatra's home from home when he was in the country, this was the home of world-renowned bartenders, from Ada Coleman and Harry Craddock, author of The Savoy Cocktail Book, published in 1930, to Joe Gilmore, Peter Dorelli and Erik Lorincz.

On Monday 18th January 2016, the American Bar launched its latest menu. Called The London Menu, this takes guests on a journey around six of the London boroughs that surround The Savoy. From Westminster and the City, to Hackney, Tower Hamlets and from Islington to Camden, each of the six boroughs are represented by four cocktails inspired by famous buildings, parks and gardens to lesser known features of London.

The menu includes head bartender, Erik Lorincz's take on the American Bar's longest surviving cocktail - the 'Green Park,' alongside creations such as the 'Abbey Road', inspired by the famous recording studio, and London's Olympic Park.

Named after the last known London site for a duel, the 'Pickering Place' is a cocktail designed to be shared by two. Amusingly, the team at the Savoy have turned the story of Pickering Place into a short silent film, which visitors to the American Bar will be able to view when ordering the cocktails.

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