Artesian | Fitzrovia Cocktail Bar
At the 5 star Langham Hotel’s cocktail bar, less is more.
Except when it comes to the decor.
It was designed as a nod to the old Victorian cabinets of curiosities: desks, sideboards, and/or rooms brimming with exotic objects brought back from around the world… although really the result is somewhere between that, and what you’d expect from a £350-a-night hotel bar.
Mirrored shelves, lined with bottles, are displayed in wooden, pagoda-style frames; lamp shades rest on horse heads; and the seating is all purple leather. However it also boasts a few classical touches, like floor-to-ceiling bay windows which flood the space with light during the daytime, and huge, over-sized chandeliers that bathe it in a warm yellowy glow at night.
It’s possible you already know about Artesian, as it was crowned World’s Best Bar four years in a row (2011-2015) – though it’s changed hands since then. Holding the reins nowadays are Head Bartender Remy Savage (previously of Paris’ Little Red Door, which he also helped to get to number eleven on the World’s Best list), and Bar Manager Anna Sebastian (who spent many years with the esteemed Beaufort Bar).
Together they decided to take Artesian in a new direction. Complex, theatrical cocktails have been swapped out for a much simpler list of mostly top-shelf spirits paired with just one other key ingredient. For instance you might enjoy a glass of cognac with green coffee; Star Of Bombay with Golden Beetroot; or St Germain with red carrots. None of them will be arriving riding on the back of an ant though; it’s all about simple, elegant glasses, putting the focus 100% back on the drink.
For anyone who’s a rum fan, you can relax again – they still have the city’s largest collection of the stuff, as well as a selection of both rosé and regular Champagne…
NOTE: Artesian is open Monday-Wednesday, 11am-1am; Thursday – Saturday, 11am-2am; and Sunday 11am-12am. For more information or to book, visit their website here.
Artesian | Langham Hotel, 1C Portland Place, W1B 1JA
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