SquareMeal Review of
The Rosa Lewis Bar
Now named after the hotel's former owner (a society figure who inspired the BBC series The Duchess of Duke Street), the bar and lounge at this St James’s fixture was first conceived when the
ancestors of its current American guests were selecting their country’s first president. Formerly The Lobby Bar, the pokey space recently received a facelift, although its extreme lighting, lurid
London mural and ubiquitous floral displays in lame vases feel more like a budget provincial motel than a chic Jermyn Street bolthole. Quality cocktails deserve sexier surroundings – particularly
when the bartenders can dispense competent, attractively presented mixes such as appletini, Vesper, raspberry bellini and pomegranate martini for a very reasonable outlay. Likewise, glasses of
Lanson Black Label fizz at £9.50, decent wines and attractively priced club sandwiches are not to be sniffed at.
The Rosa Lewis Bar is recommended for