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Jagger and Bowie, Burton and Taylor; Noel Coward, Kate Moss, The Krays: what London legend has not, at some point, rocked up at the Café Royal? These days, celebs and others often repair to the inky dark of its 1920s Brutalist-inspired streamlined Green Bar, a recent addition to proceedings. That’s ‘green’ as in 'green fairy' (aka absinthe), the Montmartre artists' lethal tipple of choice that now flows, neat, from the bar's traditional art nouveau fountains and informs pricy cocktails such as La Normandie (a Calvados concoction). For a gentler outlay, you can also get various G&Ts, Collins, cups and Tanqueray 10 Martinis fragranced with rose, orange or lavender. The Café's rations are suitably royal, and be sure to have a gawp at The Oscar Wilde Bar – a magnificent mirrored, Louis XVI rococo jewel renowned for its Champagne afternoon tea.
I’m going to start with the opening sentence from the menu. ‘Inspired by the Café Royal Cocktail Book compiled in 1937, the Green Bar at Hotel Café Royal is a vibrant cocktail destination’. This may well be the case, but we weren’t here for a timeless White Cosmopolitan or Vesper Martini, we were here for their brunch.There are loads of brunch deals in London, unlimited booze and food is all the rage but they often come at a hefty price. The famed Hotel Café Royal in Piccadilly has launched a very reasonable £25 a head buffet-style brunch with bottomless Bloody Marys and half a bottle of Prosecco per person...
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