If you’ve always wanted to join a members club, but haven’t been able to snag a membership – then we have your answer: Dean Street Townhouse. Soho House Group gives us a glimpse into their way of life – no annual fees required – and we have to say, it’s pretty damn good. Smack dab in the middle of Soho, this classically styled establishment attracts the creative set so don’t be surprised when a celebrity or two pop in (we can’t name names, but it rhymes with Shmeyonce). And even if the previous statement is only half true, you’ll feel hipper and richer after a few here. Can’t say the same for your bank balance though.
This hotel-restaurant-bar is open all day and bashes out delightfully tasty nibbles and tipples. For sipping, order yourself one of the House Tonics – the short list of signature cocktails – because not only are they delicious, but they’re roughly the same price as a spirit-mixer. If you like to live life on the spicy side, try a Picante de la Casa with tequila, red chillies, coriander and lime. And if that sounds too hot to handle, order the Eastern Standard: a refreshing mix of gin, lime, cucumber and mint. For a vintage experience, the Kotei Mizu is a winner with Yamazaki 12y/o, Antica Formula and sherry. Smoky and dry? We like. For bites, the menu is rooted in the British classics and changes with the seasons, just as it should.
From boozy brunches to high tea to late-night swilling, Dean Street is there to serve. The really long bar is perfect for pulling up a stool and whiling away the time when you’ve got nowhere else to go. You might have to elbow your way in, but this is the type of place where no one will judge you for knocking back a martini (or three) by yourself. And for warm summer afternoons, snag a spot on the terrace for some great people watching.
Best Bars tip: The hotel rooms upstairs are small but luxurious, and you can snag one last minute for 50 squids if it’s free on the night.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips