With a brushful of bright blue paint applied to the bar’s heritage Lutyens panelling, the late David Collins turned the world of luxury upside down and made The Berkeley fashionable. Nowadays, this is a high-profile destination par excellence, smart but playful with lilac ostrich-leather armchairs, sleek modernist fittings and killer cocktails. Try an innovative reworked classic such as a coffee and raspberry Manhattan or a modern martini – perhaps Polish apple with Davna Bizon vodka, 15-year-old Calvados, Manzana Verde liqueur and pressed apple juice. There are also top Champagnes, wines by the glass, alcohol-free drinks and tapas-style snacks to keep you going. A seat by the window is ideal for people-watching; just remember to dress up – no shorts or flip-flops, even in a heatwave.
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