The scene: Hotel bars can often be an afterthought in terms of design, but inside The Mandeville, deVigne is a refreshing change. Stylish and modern, the decor boasts contemporary art deco furnishings including amusing Elizabethan-era portraits, and there are brightly coloured tub chairs and a sleek bar lined with stools. It’s just around the corner from the bustle of the West End, offering a tranquil oasis away from the madness.
The grub Try the mini-foods selection. We delve into the delicious mixed tapas that’s brought to our table; cajon chicken skewers; vegetable spring rolls with sweet chilli dip; and mini fish and chips.
Behind the bar: You’re here for the cocktails. They often have specials – such as the gorgeous Caribbean-themed Nelson’s blood – Chairman’s spiced rum with cranberry, pineapple, orange, lemon served long over ice and garnished with a cinnamon stick. On-menu, there’s the Design Lab list. Try the Tonquin Garden, made up with Tonka beans, zubrowka, rhubarb, bitter oil; the Dragonfly, a blend of Ketel1 Vodka, bourbon vanilla, lime, rose and cranberry. Yum.

Bill please:
Tapas from £3.50; cocktails from £8.50.

Verdict: A friendly atmosphere and the type of bar you could spend hours in chatting with friends over pre-dinner drinks.


Mandeville Place, W1U 2BE 
Tube: Bond Street

– Carol Driver