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The Dorchester, Park Lane (Mayfair)
(44) 020-7629-8888 | www.thedorchester.com/the-promenade
HOURSMon.-Sat.: 7:00am-10:30am, 12:00pm-2:00pm, 7:00pm-12:30am; Sun. and Bank holidays: 7:00am-11:00am, 12:00pm-2:00pm, 7:00pm-12:30am
DOOR POLICYNone - smart casual attire recommended
PRICE (COCKTAILS)GBP 16
YEAR OPENEDRefurbished in 2005
SIGNATURE DRINKCocktails or Champagne
BARYes - small standalone bar by the music in the back, perfect for solo revelers
FOOD SERVED?Yes - breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and supper served
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
TUBEGreen Park; Hyde Park Corner; Bond Street
Well-heeled hotel bar (and daytime lounge) with a jazz pianist during the afternoon/evening hours and a jazz duo nightly beginning at 7:30pm. Cozy seating arrangements span the length of the room, culminating in a bar area with the piano next to it. The merry atmosphere has people getting up to dance when fun tunes come on; bottles of champagne are not uncommon, either, which adds up to quite a cheery ambiance.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Smart and elegant (no ripped jeans) – a flirty dress, high heels, and cool jewelry. This is a place where you want to look sophisticated and trendy but not flashy.
GO HERE WITH
A group of friends, or your parents, aunts/uncles, and even grandparents looking for fun in a classy location.
Spirited 30-60-somethings; out-of-town visitors
WHY WE LIKE IT
The bar’s festive mood is infectious; you can’t help but find yourself getting caught up in the revelry and enjoying the music.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Hard to say…we love it just as it is.
GOOD TO KNOW
During the daytime, meals and afternoon tea are served here in a bright, cheery, typically less inebriated (but this is London after all) space. Fun bit of trivia: The Promenade is over 150 ft (~50 m) long, which is the same length as Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.
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Read more about The Promenade at the Dorchester in The Diary
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