SquareMeal Review of
The Dome Bar at 1 Lombard Street
Like a Gieves & Hawkes bespoke suit, 1 Lombard Street is classic: always in style, and a perfect fit for any discerning chap (or chap-ess) who can afford it. The circular bar beneath the magnificent domed cupola of this former banking hall is a sure bet for cocktails. A £10 investment in Blood & Sand or Charles Chaplin (sloe gin, apricot brandy and lime) is repaid with interest. Otherwise, take a punt on Singapore Sling; go short on Porn Star Martini, or long on Strawberry Slinky (a summer cooler with fresh strawberries and vanilla sugar hard-wired with Crystal Head vodka). Enjoy dependable Old World wines by the glass with bar snacks such as pigeon legs, arancini, club sandwiches or platters of charcuterie. Service is formal yet not buttoned up.