Londonís best clubs and bars

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Published: 19th September 2012
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Trendy and glamorous, London is a hotbed of exclusive clubs and cool bars. For those looking to experience exquisite cocktails in VIP settings, CDClifestyle has selected some of the very best destinations.

The Arts Club Ė The primary function of The Arts Club? To establish itself as Londonís most glamorous destination. At the Oyster Bar, itís a case of see and be seen. Founded in 1863, The Arts Club was an original haunt of Dickens and Rodin before Gwyneth Paltrow and Stella McCartney began leading the upper echelons of London society to its doorstep. Parisian chic meets great British design and function in the dťcor of the palatial destination, promising an unforgettable experience in one of Londonís more supreme destinations.

Artesian Bar at The Langham Ė Artesian Bar is a jewel nestled amongst a plethora of elegant bars on Regent Street. Oozing sophistication, the ornate interior design of the bar is influenced by traditional Chinses craftsmanship. An extensive rum list and selection of champagnes accompanies the innovative cocktail menu, affording Artesian Bar the title of a truly indulgent destination. In keeping with this, the bar recently won the 2012 "World's Best Cocktail Menu" and "World's Best Hotel Bar".

5 Hertford Street Ė 5 Hertford Street is one of Londonís newest clubs, opened in June of this year. Veiled in secrecy and individuality, the club is already established as a retreat in the bustling heart of Mayfair, as well as one of the most exclusive clubs in the capital. Strictly invite only, members of this 23,000-sqft hotspot will have the chance to sip a fresh drink or dine in exquisitely chic surroundings. Venturing down the impressive mirrored staircase, youíll be welcomed by a stuffed giraffe when entering LouLouís Ė the dimly lit basement nightclub where you can relax on cushioned, red velvet sofas or spend the night dancing.

Mahiki Ė Located on Dover Street, Mahiki is a tropical inspired Tiki venue in Mayfair. Offering some of the most exciting cocktails in the capital, the club is notorious for its celebrity clientele, especially Londonís social elite and young Royals. Set over two floors, Mahiki has grown from humble roots to a lifestyle brand including international locations and partnerships with fashion brands, and prides itself on a producing a fun, lively and friendly atmosphere and an attention to detail that goes into every dance, drink and dish they offer. Nowhere else provides complete escapism in the heart of London.

Annabelís Ė The only nightclub The Queen has ever visited, Annabelís Club was Londonís first private members clubs, and continues to remain one of the most decadent. Located in the prestigious Berkeley Square, the discreet entrance hints at its exclusivity. The precariously steep steps lead to an elaborate, Edwardian style drinking den, complete with dark, mahogany wood floors and wall paneling. Renowned for tradition, Annabelís is infamous for blood-soaked steaks, expensive caviar and the signature bitter chocolate ice cream in the restaurant. Despite a certain friction between old members and the new, Annabelís Club continues to offer a refined and indulgent experience, and boasting more history than any other club in London, youíll feel privileged to be offered a membership.

Maddox Ė The concept behind Maddox is a simple one. Unless you are a member or, indeed, accompanied by one, you are not getting in. The club is popular with Londonís wealthiest and celebrities alike, with a minimalist and modern interior befitting of a place boasting such exclusivity. Recently voted Best Club in London at The London Club and Bar Awards, the courtyard is another added bonus, hidden discretely in the heart of the club and providing a refreshing burst relief from the potently rich atmosphere inside.

Ronnie Scotts Ė Since 1959 Ronnie Scotts has been revered amongst discerning Londoners eager for good drink in an exclusive setting. Inspired by American jazz clubs, Ronnie Scott always had his own dream to open his one in London. Thus Ronnie Scotts came to be. Today, the jazz club still manages to attract some of the best musicians in the world, and provides perhaps the best, and most authentic, jazz club experience in London. Dim lighting accentuates the privacy and decadence that Ronnie Scotts offers to its clientele. A real gem.

The Brompton Club Ė The Brompton Club is the epitome of unassuming, yet prides itself on being highly exclusive, and is part of the old-school set of private members clubs that is strictly private. Tastefully furnished with dark wood and emerald green wallpaper; impeccable service, a refined drinks list and food menu, and an unbeatable atmosphere all contribute to make a visit to The Brompton Club one of Londonís most desirable experiences.

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