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After the Sultan of Brunei announced the imposition of sharia law on his people, a celebrity-led embargo resulted in The Dorchester’s bar becoming off-limits to London's more liberal-minded liquor lovers. What the conscientious objectors are foregoing is a shimmering bronze, art-deco beauty that has, sadly, been blighted by another unfortunate imposition in the shape of gauche high-backed banquettes operatically speared by shards of red glass like props from some camp production of Wagner’s Götterdammerüng. That said, laissez-faire die-hards still come here for bottles of grande marque Champagne and Giuliano Morandin’s nifty cocktails: fans of the theatrical will dig the 1930s-style atomiser-spritzed Martinis and Bellinis poured from teapots, but there are textbook Tom Collins, butch Old Fashioneds and drams of rare single malt too. "Nibbles, darling?" At The Dorchester, everything is possible…at a price.


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  1. I’ve always wanted to stay at The Dorchester, with its history and luxury interior and although I still haven’t managed to stay overnight, I’ve recently had a taster of what the Dorchester has to offer. We decided to go to the bar for a more casual Dorchester experience. Decorated with traditional dark browns and comfy leather seating and with a bar that serves too many drinks to name, you certainly feel part of the luxury...
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  1. Clinking China teacups, waiters pushing trolleys. Sky scrapper heels treading on polished marble floors belonging to fashionistas. A beautiful promenade filled with soft leather sofas and luxury furniture. There’s the balcony for eating the finest pastries and drinking afternoon tea. In built shopping arcade with extravagant goods. The Dorchester is one of the most iconic and elegant hotels you can get in London.

    Once again I was dealing with posh territory, I even turned up nicely dressed to blend in with the 5 star hotels. I had reservations at “The Dorchester bar”, it was one of those James Bond moments,...
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  1. Published : Monday, 16 February 2015

    Luxury Columnist :: Dining at The Dorchester

    We were invited to The Dorchester Bar by those lovely people at Zomato. Arriving 30 minutes earlier than our booking, the unflappable maitre d simply seated us in the VIP area, which was great for people watching! The bar staff really are the best I have come across, combining politeness with friendliness, which might sound simple but is so rare to find in London. They swiftly brought us a selection of tasty nuts and my companion chose a delicious mocktail to accompany it whilst I opted for a white wine.

    We went straight for the mains selection as we were feeling very hungry. Both of us chose the wagyu burger...
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