Given its reputation, the Met Bar still deserves to be on any Mayfair to-do list – even if its 2012 makeover (mustardy brown colours and a bas-relief mural of jiving girls) is a tad disappointing. Fine cocktails are a big draw: root down (Chase vodka, beetroot purée and ginger) and Mayfair stinger (a Disaronno and vintage port julep served with a chocolate-coated port and amaretto jelly) suit contemporary tastes, while Tyburn cup (a rum-based old fashioned) will appeal to traditionalists. To eat, consider ham-hock-and-parsley terrine or kedgeree cakes among the choice of pukka snacks from a fiver. With many hot contenders on its doorstep, the Met now faces much stiffer competition than in its Cool Britannia heyday, when it was the must-crash party HQ for Kate Moss and her acolytes.
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