My sympathies for the bar staff forced to work under such gruesome conditions. Reviewed September 22, 2020 . When you start an evening with a good martini, that evening holds promise (not unlike putting on a good tuxedo, incidentally). Next, a trio of cool silver bowls filled with plump Castelvetrano olives, mixed nuts and cheddar-dusted rice crackers arrive. Given the price point, (our tab was over 200GBP) Sadly, I would avoid this hideous and classless charade at all costs. Updating list... DentonHurst. Are you sure you want to delete this answer? Get InsideHook in your inbox. The James Bond author spent many an hour sipping on this classic serve. DUKES Bar is legendary for serving the very best martinis – and for being the watering hole of choice for Sir Ian Fleming. “You have to read a woman; you have to be a host and come up with a good mix,” he continues. “You can’t just give a woman a woman’s magazine, that’s just a bit stupid,” the head bartender, Alessandro Palazzi, later tells me. In comparison to the near-bursting pubs, my destination seemed tame: both the hotel and the bar have the look — and the low decibel level — of an old British members club. We were welcomed with wonderful Saxophone, keyboard and vocals! And awesome. Thank you! The DUKES Bar team look forward to welcoming you, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available. Alessandro took great personal care of us. Disconcerting to say the least. “We have things a certain way on the menu, but you if you want something else, just ask,” he tells me. We rank these hotels, restaurants, and attractions by balancing reviews from our members with how close they are to this location. Get quick answers from DUKES Bar staff and past visitors. Waiters were very specific and I appreciated their effort. Needless to say, the bar seemed a little daunting. My sympathies for the bar staff forced to work under such gruesome conditions. If I were someone who frequently wandered St. James spending over 20 pounds a pop on a cocktail, I think I’d even like to be a regular. Instead, come here with friends, or colleagues or hell, even alone, like I did. United Rolling Out COVID Testing for Newark-London Flight Corridor, A Million Dollars Worth of Art Disappeared From the Walls of a London Club, After Five Centuries in Service, London Beefeaters Face COVID Job Cuts, A Brief History of James Bond’s Love Affair With Aston Martin, On "SNL," Joe Biden's Victory Speech Takes a Meta Turn, “Justify My Love,” “WAP” and 10 Other Songs That Scandalized America, The Story of Election Week 2020, As Told by Its Memes, Inside One Madman’s Wild Plan to Conquer Everest, Architect Richard Neutra’s Modernist Masterpiece is On Sale in Los Angeles, NAADAM Cashmere Is 30% Off for One Day Only, Save on J.Crew Best-Sellers During This Friends and Family Sale, It’s Time to Stop Stigmatizing Men Who Have a Low Sex Drive, Hedley & Benett's Wildly Popular Masks Are 20% Off. Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner. Vesper Martinis at Dukes Wonderful service, ambiance and drinks! Past The Wolseley and The Ritz, past quintessential English pubs that at half-past-five were standing room only, a steady stream of gallerists and young hedge funders funneling in. With the new Bond film coming later this year, there’s no better time to learn how to make the perfect Vesper Martini. Needless to say, the bar seemed a little daunting. 3 gin, a few drops of Angostura bitters and a cut of rind from an Amalfi lemon peel finishes it off. The accuser was playfully peeved; I happily gulped down mine. So, so lovely! He makes me a Martini with yuzu-infused Sacred Gin. - Stuffy interior, tired staff without commitment. Great fun going to the place where Ian Fleming got inspiration. And there’s no better person to learn from than DUKES Bar Manager Alessandro Palazzi, who talks you through the recipe and his preferred ingredients, including a London dry gin made by St James’s neighbours Berry Bros. & Rudd. Elegant and comfortable surroundings, On point service and Out of this world cuisine---Chacuterie, Chicken Kiev, Wine & Martinis--Vodka then Espresso---Thank-You!! The drink, named for double agent and femme fatale Vesper Lynd, requires both gin and vodka, a dash of vermouth, a lemon peel and a good shake. Back in the States now---"Dreaming of my Duke's Day"More. To get there, I weaved through the maze-like streets of St. James, an elegant neighborhood sidled up against Hyde Park. ), I set out one evening to try it. Still, never one to say no to a perfectly good drink (it’s for work! Truly shambolic......keep your money to go to a true luxury London hotel!!!!!! Dukes has been said to limit Martinis to two per person, and after one, I can see why. present to greet or help. Avoid this place at all costs.... no one knows what they are doing. The last 20, now I do things as I like. Festive drinks before and after our delicious late afternoon repast. Is America’s Most Famous Bookshop on the Verge of a Mutiny? All reviews scones ian fleming dukes hotel vesper martini head barman cocktail bar st james reserve a table great cocktails afternoon tea vermouth olives twist . I duck out for dinner nearby, just to come back a few hours later for an ambitious second. Sorry, I have no idea. You have to take time and come to this little gem of a place and enjoy a martini or a vesper. Born from a love of unlocking hidden gems in a big city, London on the Inside connects people to local and global brands, discoveries and experiences. There are taped arrows everywhere on the floor across the lobby, no doorman...present to greet or help. Given the price point, (our tab was over 200GBP) Sadly, I would avoid this hideous and classless charade at all costs. The first 25, boring. In fact, the arrangement of the three small adjoining rooms into private pods of armchairs keeps you from so much as glancing through most of the space, unless you commit to craning your neck for a sneaky look.