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Three times voted the ‘world’s best bar’ by an industry mag, there’s no reason to suppose that Artesian will surrender its winning ways under the guidance of top mixologist Alex Kratena. The late David Collins’ treatment of this imposing Victorian room is a looker with its China violet, pressed crocodile-leather floors, a dramatic back bar plundered from a Forbidden City temple and horse-head lamps suggesting a 60s bachelor penthouse pad. The presentation of cocktails built on premium spirits – including a notable collection of rums – is similarly eye-catching. ‘Interactive garnishing’ such as a plastic cushion filled with eucalyptus-fragranced air, theatrically popped under a guest’s nose at point of delivery, is part of Artesian’s holistic sensory experience – although purists may prefer a flawless Dry Martini, perfect Daiquiri or textbook Mai Tai to go with dim sum, served sans gimmickry.

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  1. The Artesian Bar at the Langham Hotel has long been near the top of my bucket list but the high prices (and my tendency to be in cycle gear) always proved to be an obstacle. Then, thanks to the mutual decision of a few friends to make a visit to such places a regular thing, I finally arrived a couple of Sundays ago. Props to the doorman at the Langham for not batting an eye when I rushed past in cycle gear (I did immediately change into something more presentable) and to the staff at the Artesian who graciously let us move to find the table with the best view of the bar. Yes, the prices are steep, but this is a bar...
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  1. Published : Friday, 30 January 2015

    Dips Dines :: Artesian: World's Best Bar? | Dips Dines

    For 2 years running now, Artesian has taken home the crown of ‘World’s Best Bar’ awarded by Drinks International magazine. A track record like that meant i just had to see what all the fuss was about, so i stopped by for some pre-dinner drinks.

    Artesian is housed at the Langham Hotel on Portland Place (very close to Oxford Circus) & inside, its design, style & vibe are all fab. The lounge bar occupies a chic space with a very nice balance of subtle grandeur and cosiness...
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