Long before the possibilities at The Shard stole its thunder, the sky lounge on the 28th floor of the Hilton was dazzling drinkers with its sensational views. The bartenders’ skills are similarly celestial, so order a French lover (a twist on cosmopolitan) or try The Dutch (a bittersweet affair involving genever, agave syrup, lime, cucumber and horseradish) from a drinks list that also has a dozen Champagne marques and some ambitiously marked-up beers. Bar bites include crudités, beef teriyaki, burgers and Eton mess. The decor harks back to an era when Steed and Mrs Peel from The Avengers surely dropped in for nightcaps, although today’s crowd is less sharp: expect a mishmash of new money, Texan tourists, movers, shakers, sheikhs and sundry Mayfair hoi polloi. Occasional all-night parties allow revellers to see the sun rise through bleary eyes.
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