The W Lounge, which is found in the W Hotel in Leicester Square is smart, sophisticated and the perfect place for spotting celebrities.
Ok, so it might not be the likes of Brad Pitt, but this place has an air of exclusivity and is a world away from the busy streets outside and is the perfect place for lovers of people watching.
The lounge is relaxing and chilled out, with a long, light seating area and central circular bar down one end. You need to book an area first (which can be done on the website), and despite the laid-back atmosphere most people looked like they’d spent quite a while getting ready.
So, once you’re sitting (or lounging) the serious business of cocktail drinking can begin. The menu changes all the time and is prepared using seasonal ingredients and themes.
I tried the Lady Chatterly (£12.50) which tasted as good as it looked and was a mixture of vodka and raspberry with a lovely hint of lime and vanilla to finish it off.
Pudding Lane (£12.50), is also one to try if you’re looking for a warming dark drink as it’s formed around vodka, figs and passion fruit to create a homely traditional cocktail.
If you’re not into cocktails there’s all the usual drinks available and if you’re sitting down you’ll get table service.
The bar is open until 2am but if you get bored, or are after some dancing, the hotel’s night club is a short walk (stumble) away.
This piece was originally written for Who’s Jack.