It took only 60,000 gold sheets to bring The Grill Room back to its 19th century roots, along with some lavishly ornate frescoes, wall-to-wall mirrors and rococo design. Fitting, as this establishment has got some heavy history: it was here that Oscar Wilde’s scandalous affair with Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas was discovered, and it was in this very room that David Bowie famously kissed Lou Reed and later retired Ziggy Stardust.
But you needn’t be a history buff to enjoy yourself – so throw on your most sophisticated digs, grab a date, shimmy in and order yourself a champagne cocktail. We’d recommend Mr Wilde, a tribute with a dash and splash of absinthe. With live music on offer most nights and DJs on the weekends, this is one for partying like the royals: sophisticated with a secret edge.
The bar bites are no less reflective of the spirit of luxury, so hanker down with some fancy feasts like the spicy cornish crab salad with a quail egg or the delicate carpaccio of beef with pickled walnuts and onions.
Best Bars tip: Bring the bucks, because this is one that might break the bank … but can you really put a price on drinking history?
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips