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Dukes Bar

#874 of 17,939 Restaurants in London
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St. James's
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St James's Place | Dukes Hotel, London SW1A 1NY, England
+44 20 7491 4840
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14:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 16:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 14:00 - 23:00
Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Sat 14:00 - 23:00
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Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Being in London, a lover of martini's and a big James Bond fan my wife and I had to, of course, go to Duke's to sample their expertise. And they are truly experts. It's said that Bond's famous martini was created here. I wouldn't be surprised! Duke's is a small intimate space that seats approximately 40 people. The bartender will... More 

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The cocktail bar at Duke's Hotel in London's Mayfair, has a James Bond 007 theme, and a lengthy cocktail menu. The waiters are expert at preparing the many cocktails, which come at a price - around £18 each. The drinks are mixed from chilled bottles, no ice being used, by white jacketed waiters, who must be very well trained. You... More 

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Thank aramis
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98 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The story goes that it was here that Ian Fleming thought up Bond's famous line about how he likes his martinis. This bar does make amazing martini's and they bring a cart to your table to concoct these amazing cocktails.

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Thank Brendan K
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Alessandro at Dukes Bar makes the best martini in London. FACT. There really is nothing else to say.

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Thank Skymonkey71
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful Bar. Great Atmosphere. Great Barman. Great Martini Cocktails. Great Evening! What else can I say except you must experience Dukes' Bar and its unique atmosphere.

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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Perfect place to relax and zip on a very nice martini. We tryed both gin and vodka drinks and we will be back on our next trip to London.....

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Thank Magnus M
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15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

My first visit...I arrived before my friend and had time to soak in the feel of the place. Very low key, old fashioned setting. Seat comfy, lighting low from small table lamps, waiter immaculately dressed. And so from the extensive martini menu Tiger Tanaka leapt out! The drink is prepared in front of you along with commentary from your bartender... More 

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Thank Marie F
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

My friend and I had finished our afternoon tea and decided before we left that we should try a drink in the bar. Unfortunately there weren't any seats so we were asked to wait in reception, but before Lon the nice young gentlemen came and got us to say they had a table ready. We both thoroughly enjoyed our drinks... More 

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Thank Elizabeth O
Cambridgeshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

A reguler haunt for an early evening martini, the best in London. Alessandro and his team are probably the most proffesional and welcoming team you will ever meet. And there mixing skills are legionary. This timeless quintisentionally British establishment is one of those places you just must visit when in London. And I gaurantee that once you steep through the... More 

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Corte Madera, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Covered this a bit in the hotel review, but suffice to say that any visit to Dukes is incomplete without a visit to the bar. Table side martinis are the drink even for those of us who aren't massive martini drinkers. 2 seems to be the limit so careful on your choices. As classic a bar as I've experienced.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
British
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
16:00 - 23:00
Monday
14:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
14:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
14:00 - 23:00
Thursday
14:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
14:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: St James's Place | Dukes Hotel, London SW1A 1NY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > St. James's
  • Neighbourhood: St. James's
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7491 4840
Description
Drinks at DUKES Bar is something of an occasion. The legendary bar is internationally renowned for its famous martinis and personalised cocktails. Frequented by James Bond author Ian Fleming, the bar is said to be the inspiration for the classic line, 'shaken, not stirred'. So whether you're relaxing after a meeting or getting together with friends for special drinks, the intimate and timeless surroundings, coupled with the bartender's knowledge, make it an unforgettable experience.

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St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
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