The American Bar

Bar in London

Traditional English Bar (with a twist)

This is a unique bar with an incredible history.  Since 1930, memorabilia has been hung all over the walls and ceiling by patrons.

This has become part of the bar’s heritage and is a wonderful journey through time when you gaze at the walls of photographs of US fighter pilots, America Cup winners, signed photos from the likes of Paul Newman, Michael Caine and other well known show business personalities.  There are now some 3,000 items in the bar with caps hanging from the ceiling as well as model planes donated by the real manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus as well as WW2 planes given by those who flew them.

It is well worth reading the history of this amazing place and how the Americans have influenced the drinks served at the bar and how to this day it remains a popular drinking hole for American visitors.

The former head barman, Charles Guano worked at the bar for 42 years before his young protégé Benoit Provost took over and the bar in many ways remains the same, despite the hotel’s recent refurbishment.

It is a popular place to meet friends and colleagues at the end of the working day with a glass of house wine and cocktails starting at £8.50.  They have one draught beer (Daniel Thwaites on my recent visit) as well as bottled Becks, Peroni, Stella and Guinness (in a can) and of course Strongbow Cider.  On those warmer evenings you may wish to sit out in their very quiet and pleasant courtyard.

Reviewer's Rating
Ambience Quiet, Hidden Gem, Comfortable
Late License No
Clientele Locals and hotel guests
Music No

Last updated on 05-07-2012

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