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, even 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 the 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 #11 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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