The Library Bar
Photography by diffordsguide.com
Words by Simon Difford on 10-Jan-2015
Lanesborough Hotel, Hyde Park Corner, London, SW1X 7TA, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 7259 5599
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-1am, Sun & Bank holidays noon-midnight
Door: Open door
Style: Hotel bar
Recommended for: Cocktails, Food
Price guide: High-end
Food: Plates & dishes
Uniformed doormen, log fires and Regency furniture: the book-lined Library Bar is an old-school haven, a world away from all that traffic rushing around Hyde Park Corner outside.
The Library Bar is tucked away in the front left corner of the Lanesborough Hotel, which incidentally is named after a country house that once stood on the site. That grand house was demolished to make way for St George's Hospital which opened in 1719 but was eventually converted to the hotel - some say what is now the bar was once an operating theatre.
Whether you're sat around the intimate bar itself or in the more expansive adjacent lounge, you are almost guaranteed to be drinking alongside groups of black-tied gents and well-dressed ladies having drinks ahead of some posh 'do'. That said, the clientele is usually well balanced and the atmosphere anything but stuffy.
Cocktails are well made and served with real five-star aplomb, and there are plenty of nice Lanesborough twists. There are some predictably expensive spirits on offer - particularly cognacs.