Situated in the heart of Knightsbridge, the Blue Bar is one of the most iconic venues in the capital and is also on the list for best hotel bar.
Set inside the wonderful Berkeley Hotel, this venue is a real masterpiece in design thanks to its all blue appearance from the walls to the chairs that is set off against some very nice Art Deco inspired furniture.
There are also plenty of modern flowers used to offset the brashness which works to a tee. Designed by David Collins, it evokes glamour and extreme smartness. You will not see anyone let down the dress code of no short or flip-flops.
There is plenty to choose from including vintage whiskies that number around 50, classic cocktails not to mention all with dedication and the finest detail. There is an extensive wine list by the glass while you can check out the hotel which is home to none other than the gifted Michelin clad chef Marcus Wareing.
The intimate main area is where all the action happens as you can easily sit for hours without a care in the world and just people watch the immaculately dress guests come in for an aperitif or late night cocktail.
To enjoy the wonder of the Blue Bar, visitors will need to arrive at Knightsbridge. This is the closest tube station and lies in Zone 1 of the underground system. It is served by the Piccadilly line. It is less than a 10 minute walk away.
When it comes to green areas, visitors will be spoilt for choice. This is thanks to being slap bang in the middle of Green Park as well as Hyde Park. The latter boasts more than 140 acres of lush green land where you will be able to participate in a number of different sporting activities.
These include horse riding, football, rugby and athletics. In addition to this, you can enjoy a hot bed of debate thanks to Speakers Corner. Why not visit on a Sunday where you will have the chance to see people rise on their soapbox and debate hot topic of the day from religion to politics. Meanwhile, you will have the ability to admire the poignant memorial fountain that’s pays homage to the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Other notable highlights inside Hyde Park feature the Serpentine Lake and the Gallery which plays host to a number of different events throughout the entire year. It is home to the iconic Last Night of the Proms.
The Royal Albert Hall is just a short hop and a skip away. Here you will have the opportunity to witness many spectacular performances from the fields of music and theatre. Some of the shows that have played at this incredible venue include the likes of Cirque Du Soleil, Gary Barlow and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
It is also the home of the BBC Proms Season which is held on an annual basis. Other notable highlights that you can benefit from include the wealth of shopping opportunities that lie around Belgravia, Kensington and Knightsbridge to name but a few.
Opening Hours are Monday to Saturday between 4pm and 1am and on Sundays between 4pm and 11pm.
Dress code: smart casual, no flip-flops or shorts