The Berkeley Hotel, London, SW1X 7RL, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 7201 1680
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon 4pm-1am, Tue-Sat 9am-1am, Sun 4pm-11pm
Door: Go early
Style: Hotel bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: High-end
Food: Bar snacks
Owned by: Maybourne Hotel Group
Images By: diffordsguide.com
Turn left as you enter the Berkeley Hotel lobby and you'll find yourself in the aptly named Blue Bar. Although it is tiny, no one could accuse this David Collins-designed bar of being understated.
Cherubs and floral woodcarvings drip from the ceiling and surround the fish-eye mirrors on the 'Lutyens' blue walls, while a white onyx bar and black crocodile print leather floor add a further touch of loucheness. All the action happens around the bar itself, so you might feel you've missed out on the theatre if you're in the entrance 'annex'.
This five-star venue attracts five-star money, so expect young professionals and cosmetically challenged ladies of leisure perusing the impressive champagne list.