Where to eat

London's famed Martini spot

Dukes Hotel, now simply known as Dukes, stands as Mayfair's distinguished establishment, boasting a legacy dating back to its inception in 1908. Its impressive guest roster includes luminaries such as composer Edward Elgar, author Ian Fleming, and various members of the British royal family. However, what truly distinguishes this venue is its legendary martinis.At Dukes, martinis aren't just a drink; they're an event, complete with all the extravagant frills. Picture this: the drinks trolley wheeled to your table, a bottle straight from the freezer, shaken right before your eyes. Yet, be sure to savor each sip, for at Dukes, you are limited to two martinis – a testament to the strength of these renowned concoctions. While the city may offer more budget-friendly alternatives, can any truly rival the ambiance and interiors of the green leather armchairs, white-jacketed bartenders, and portraits of distinguished 19th-century gentlemen nodding approvingly from the walls? And, as if that weren't enticing enough, there's even a cognac and cigar garden to cap off the experience.

35 St James's Pl, St. James's, London SW1A 1NY, United Kingdom