London Diary: Top Five Literary Bars In London

Here at RBR, beauty can’t be without intellect and whimsy. We love cosmetics and we love philosophy, we adore fine fragrances and we adore literature. We don’t see any contradiction in that.
Today, let us take you to our five favourite bars with books in London.

An after-work drink and an actual tome of poetry, a photography folio or a literary classic, enjoyed at the finest venues of the City? Oh, yes.

Here our top five

The Arch London Hotel in Marylebone (50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD) is home to the Hunter 486 restaurant and its elegantly enticing Martini Library.
“Drink me”: classic and bespoke cocktails.
“Read me”: Taschen, Daunt.
Most enchanting detail: ‘butler buttons’ by the armchairs.

Let your hair Down(ton): the grand Malt Whisky Library Bar in the Grange Blooms Hotel, 7 Montague Street, London, WC1B 5BP makes you feel like on the set of Downton Abbey.
“Drink me”: finest single malts, spirits and bourbons.
“Read me”: a rather impressive book collection.
Most enchanting: an adjoining patio area.

Restricted to hotel guests and their friends – who might or might not be affiliated with James Bond – , Le Chiffre is like a private members’ club at the South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF.
„Drink me“: only the finest wines and spirits; bespoke cocktails.
„Read me“: books and magazines.
Most enchanting: some classic vinyl, anyone? Channel your inner DJ when you’re done reading.

If you prefer an even more exclusively secluded venue, how about The Library Members Club? Even the address in Covent Garden is a conveniently central highlight in itself: 112 St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BD.
„Drink me“: classic cocktails with a twist.
„Read me“: rare books.
Most enchanting: where do we begin? Excentric design objects; 5 luxurious, individually designed, air-conditioned hotel rooms; great business facilities; literary and cultural events.

And to cover gourmet needs while at that, we recommend the beautiful Library Bar at The Cinnamon Club, a very elegant Indian restaurant located in the heart of Westminster, Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU. The Library Bar is open throughout the day.
“Drink me”: a range of amazing signature cocktails with spices and home-made infusions.
“Read me”: in the best traditions of the Old Westminster Library.
Most enchanting: cocktail mixing classes.

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