Like Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining, you might hallucinate bright young things at play in this divine art-deco cocktail lounge. Back in the 1990s, when it was Dick’s Bar, this room hosted Cool Britannia’s most fashionable, although the clientele now seems almost provincial. If London’s vintage-clad lovelies would only readopt this Great Gatsby gaff, they’d discover some period-piece, sub-£10 cocktails of distinction: whiskey sour, aviation, and perfect Manhattan, for example. Elsewhere, Chrysler cocktail (Cognac, port, Campari, Chambord, orange Curaçao and bitters) is a towering success – try it with snacks of mini bagels, hot dogs and sliders. If you factor in the Crazy Coqs cabaret lounge next door and great-value food at Brasserie Zédel across the glamorous lobby, this subterranean pile equals deep joy.
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