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It's all change at world-famous bar The Artesian, as virtuoso mixologist Alex Kratena handed in his notice after eight years' service and a raft of staff left with him. Matters were still somewhat up in the air as the Guide went to press, however there's a new head bartender in town as Pip Hanson has taken over. Hanson has spent time training in Japan and The Langham has referred to his style of bartending as 'stripped-down innovation', so expect a more pared-back approach to the new drinks list when it finally launches in the next few months. Whatever is pending, we're sure that the bar itself will keep its soaring period proportions, purple hues, chinoiserie and European pomp, and that any visit here will continue to be a "thoroughly pleasant, if very expensive experience", offering the classiest spot to drink near Oxford Circus.
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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