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The Westbury's nut-brown, art deco-style Polo Bar is always worth a look – that's ‘polo' as in sporting chukkas, not Ralph Lauren shirts. However , if Polo suggests mint, you might try a Maker's Mark bourbon julep or an alcohol-free mela verda from a selection of reasonably priced cocktails and mocktails. Otherwise, the list is strong on martinis – sip orange blossom, lemon tart or one of the pimped-up signatures such as Spitfire (a Chivas 18-year-old and Drambuie toddy to warm dreary December nights). Wines such as a Mendoza Malbec work well with posh nosh along the lines of lobster bisque, oysters, caviar, scallops, foie gras and desserts including chocolate fondant. The feel is uniformly high-end, but the decor splits opinion: understated luxury or a wee bit bland, despite those bling Swarovski crystal blinds.


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  1. An invitation to sample a newly launched gin and tonic menu at The Polo Bar at The Westbury Hotel presented an excellent opportunity to discover a fine place to have a drink.

    Created by Tanqueray mixologist Tim Homewood and Polo Bar manager Elias Yiallouris, the new G&Ts are part of a “Botanical Brew Experience” collaboration between Tangueray No. TEN gin and Fever-Tree tonic water. All feature the quadruple distilled gin and the premium tonic along with an intriguing array of fresh ingredients...
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  1. Every element at Polo Bar in the Westbury Mayfair Hotel feels highly polished. From the service to the menu to the decor the investment of time, care and undoubtedly a great deal of money that has gone into this place is evident from the moment you walk in. The atmosphere is formal without feeling too serious with clientele and staff presented in equally immaculate fashion. Indeed as I scurried in from the street a little windblown I got the instant urge to pat down my hair and check my lipstick after spotting a partial reflection in one of the monolithic black marble columns...
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  1. It was the lead up to Chelsea Flower Show and there were gas works going on in Sloane Square. Had I known this, I most definitely wouldn’t have taken the bus all the way to the West End. I would have hopped on the tube, of course.

    But I had a bit of time and fancied popping into Selfridges. I’d have a half hour or so to window shop and then plenty of time to have a relaxed walk from there to the luxurious The Westbury Hotel in Mayfair. But oh no – the buses were on diversion and I was in a gridlock in the middle of Chelsea. My 7 o’clock date with my friend Laura and a couple of Polo Bar signature cocktails...
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