Dial Bar

Bar in London

Cocktail Bar

A popular destination bar in this busy Seven Dials area of London close to Covent Garden.

I was surprised at just how busy this bar gets with non-hotel guests.  There seemed to be a lot of people coming in for a pre-dinner drink the Friday evening we were there and then heading out again either to a show perhaps as The Cambridge Theatre is right across the street or a little later before heading out to dinner.  I think the fact that it has its own entrance to the side of the hotel helps.  I heard Italians, Americans, Scandinavians and British, so a truly international scene seem to frequent the place.  Post dinner the bar gets a second wind and was very busy at around 11pm.  There is also a Saturday morning local crowd that pop in for a coffee and to read the newspapers, and it’s not too busy at that hour.

Whilst the bar area is not overly large the bright and striking purple floral décor makes for a cosy environment, particularly when it gets dark and they light the candles on the tables.  I found the background music to be unobtrusive even though some might find it quite loud.  You can sit at the long bar or choose to sit on the very comfortable swivel chairs at the tables.  There is a large open entrance to the Dial Restaurant at the back which sort of forms part of the bar.

Pre dinner my guest was delighted with her French Illusion, which is Champagne, Grand Marnier and a strawberry.  I thought I would test out one of their Antioxidant non-alcoholic cocktails and opted for what sounded like a healthy concoction of blueberries, raspberries, blended with mint, pomegranate juice and lime.  I have to confess I loved it!

They have a good uncomplicated cocktail menu offering 12 signature cocktails starting from just under £10 and classic cocktails for under £9.  The non-alcoholic cocktails are just under £7.  They have a wide range of Whiskys, Cognacs (up to 18 years old).  They also stock two Grappas, and after dinner I tried the very smooth Supremo Grappa Refosco (£9), which comes from the north of Italy.

Their bar food menu includes lighter platters of smoked salmon or cold meats and omelettes or a more substantial Rib-eye steak and beef burgers, starting from £8 to just under £19.  They also serve sandwiches as well as a nice selection of salads from just under £8  and some light Mezze.  They do a very nice Afternoon Tea catering for both children and grown ups from under £20 to just under £30 for the full ensemble.

In summary, a fun lively place to pop in for pre or post dinner or for a coffee with a friend mid-morning and try one of their desserts.

The bar is open 7 days a week to 2:30am with last food orders at 11:30pm. Afternoon Tea from 2:30pm to 5pm.

Reviewer's Rating
Ambience Hot Spot, Cozy, Trendy
Late License Yes
Clientele International visitors & locals
TV No
Music Yes

Additional Ambience Information

Warm cosy atmosphere with very striking floral coloured purple furnishings in keeping with the boutique ambience.

Last updated on 05-07-2012

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