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The Donovan Bar

Posted on: 28th Apr 2014

Address: Brown’s Hotel, 33-4 Albemarle Street, W1S 4BP (020-7493 6020,

Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 11am to 1am; Sun, noon to midnight.

Transport: Green Park tube.

Go for: Rum, whisky and fabulous photographs.

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One of London’s older hotels, Brown’s dates from 1837 and is renowned for being among the capital’s most elegant and discreet destinations. Like the hotel, the Donovan Bar is a fine blend of old and new, and succeeds in being both glamorous and laid-back at the same time.

The bar pays homage to the late Terence Donovan, world-renowned photographer – hence the name – and is decorated with around 50 of his black and white prints. It’s worth visiting to see this gallery which portrays an earlier age of elegance – and also to enjoy the drinks. The well-constructed wine list offers many choices by the glass as well as the bottle; there are also cocktails, but spirit drinkers are probably best served here, particularly those fond of rum and single malt whisky. Bar nibbles are available.

As for the décor, imagine a chic redesign of an Edwardian lounge, incorporating a striking stained glass window of St George. The Donovan Bar is an intimate space, therefore you might have to wait at the bar before securing a table, but it’s worth it, especially if you aren’t picking up the tab.



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