American Bar

Top choice cocktail bar in The West End

Home of the Hanky Panky, White Lady and other classic cocktails created on-site, the seriously dishy and elegant American Bar is a London icon, with soft blue furniture, gleaming art-deco lines and live piano music. Cocktails start at £18 and peak at a stupefying £5000 (for the Sazerac, containing Sazerac de Forge cognac from 1858).

Named for serving 'American-style' drinks (now known as cocktails), it's the oldest such bar in London and was named the best in the world in 2017. The dress code is smart casual.