Ling Ling’s seductive late-night lounge found in Hanway Place’s Hakkasan is fit for celebrating in style.
Since things don’t get going until 10pm, cocktails take the tone of after dinner drinks, nightcaps and extra-boozy offerings – the Shanghai Sting is as potent as it sounds, with Rittenhouse 100 Rye Whiskey, crème de menthe and Chartreuse in the mix. But it’s the extensive champagne list that best suits showy celebrations or a sexy rendezvous. Bollinger, Dom Perignon, Cristal – all the gang is here. They’re best enjoyed with classic Chinese dim sum dishes.
It’s very Sex in the City, and with pulsating lounge beats and light bouncing off gold wall panels, it’s no wonder media types and Mayfair’s finest choose Ling Ling for the after-party.
Best Bars tip: The Peking duck menu offers a bottle of Louis Roederer with a whole bird served across two dishes – exquisite pancakes are great for sharing.
— Laura Richards, @Lala_Richards