An ideal backdrop for a Ralph Lauren catalogue shoot perhaps, The Lanesborough exudes venerable English charm – even though it has only been plying its trade for a couple of decades. Alcoholic prescriptions on offer at the grown-up, ‘darkly intimate' Library Bar include classic pick-me-ups (boulevardier, clover leaf and aviation), plus signatures such as a cappuccino martini. Meanwhile, the adjoining Garden Room is an ingenious deluxe smoking opportunity that feels as if it's indoors despite being technically outdoors. Splash out on a Cohiba Sublime cigar from the well-stocked humidor while savouring clarets and Cognacs from a list that shoots from £25 into Donald Trump territory – an 1830 Reserve Louis-Philippe at £750, for example. Assuage hunger pangs with sushi platters (£25), lobster club sandwiches, steak-frites (£38) and British artisan cheeses – posh nosh at a price.
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