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Brown's Hotel, 33-34 Albemarle St. (Mayfair)
(44) 020-7493-6020 | www.brownshotel.com/dining/the-donovan-bar
HOURSMon.-Sat.: 11:00am-1:00am; Sun.: 12:00pm-12:00am
RESERVATIONSNot accepted; Brown's guests have guaranteed access
DOOR POLICYFirst come, first served
PRICE (COCKTAILS)GBP 13.50
SIGNATURE DRINKBox Brownie; The Space Race
BARYes - leather bar seats 12
FOOD SERVED?Yes - 12:00pm-11:00pm
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
TUBEGreen Park; Piccadilly Circus
Casually classy, this small lounge is decorated in grays with eponymous Terence Donovan photographs on the walls and a stained glass piece from the original St. George’s Hotel behind the leather bar. With jazz every day (except Sunday), this place has a lively buzz to it. From intimate couples to dynamic groups of friends, a refined set rendezvous’es here for sparkling conversation.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
GO HERE WITH
Significant other; coworker; family; small group of friends
Chic and worldly 30- to 50-somethings
WHY WE LIKE IT
Great combination of understated and debonair surroundings, traditional cocktails, relaxed atmosphere, and a chic crowd make this a highly enjoyable venue. Service is attentive but not obtrusive, and the jazz is a lovely touch.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Perhaps expand the room a touch, although the coziness is one of its big appeals.
GOOD TO KNOW
Live jazz performed Mon.-Sat. 9:00pm-12:00am
Read more about The Donovan Bar in The Diary
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