The Library Bar

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The Library Bar
4.5
2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Monday
2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
2:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
About
A destination in itself, The Library Bar attracts guests in residence and locals alike. Retaining an intimate, club-like atmosphere with a welcoming ambience, the distinguished surroundings provide the perfect opportunity to soak up the bar's "Lanesborough Paradis" atmosphere, where time slows to a leisurely pace during the day yet comes alive in the evening with live music on select evenings. A truly unique experience amongst London's vibrant bar scene, The Library Bar is home to Cognacs dating back to the 1770s, as well as spectacularly prepared cocktails by a team of award-winning bartenders.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Belgravia
Home to the vast majority of embassies and diplomatic residences in London, sophisticated and upscale Belgravia also boasts a wealth of luxury hotels, fine dining restaurants, and some of the city’s most stroll worthy lanes. While the prices here are high, taking a leisurely stroll through the streets of picturesque and elegant white stucco houses is free. Hyde Park and the Buckingham Palace Gardens are only a stone's throw away to the north, and some of Europe’s best shopping is nearby as well.
How to get there
  • Hyde Park Corner • 1 min walk
  • Knightsbridge • 8 min walk
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ATraveller
11 contributions
The best Rumrunner Old Fashioned in the world!
Sep 2021
The Library Bar is a quiet, elegant spot in the Lanesborough Hotel. The team there always know how to make you feel amazing, and because I visit fairly frequently, they know my favourite drink (you can guess which one I presume :) ) and always make sure it is done perfectly.
Written September 16, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Onelifeliveit
United Kingdom1,432 contributions
..and in spite of the fact that he remembered me, he failed to make a difference...
Sep 2021
I'm not the one off aggrieved customer that runs to TA to moan about poor service when things don't go my way. In my case, I have been visiting The Library Bar at the Lanesborough Hotel for over ten years with an average visit once a month. Please refer to my glowing review that I did below in 2016 for evidence.

Over the years, I have spent hundreds, possibly thousands on evening cocktails (they are not cheap) which I always like to enjoy in nice surroundings. I've never had a problem before with service until last Thursday 9th September.

When my friend and I arrived, it was clear that the place was busy as a wedding was going on but we weren't bothered as we had seen many venues there before that did not affect us. We entered the Library Room for a drink. It was busy but there were free tables. The staff member asked if we were guests at the hotel, to which we said we weren't. He then said that they are busy and can only accommodate guests that are staying there. I doubt that all of the customers in the bar were staying at the hotel though. I pointed to a vacant small table for two directly behind me and he repeated that they were busy and could not accommodate me. I knew the staff member, I had seen him there many times before. If he said that the entire Library Bar was hired for the wedding guests, had he said it was a private party, had he said every seat was taken (they weren't), I would have accepted that. But he didn't, as far as he was concerned, I wasn't a guest in their high end hotel and therefore I could not have a drink.

We left to use the bathroom and both still smarting at the dismissive service, decided to complain at reception. No sooner did we start talking to her and the previous staff member came along. She said he was the manager. I then proceeded to tell him how we felt at the treatment. Lo and behold, he freely admitted that he knows me and had seen both of us drinking in the bar on many occasions but......... they were busy, they could not accommodate me, I should have checked online, I should book a table in advance, had I gone online I would have got the evidence I needed etc etc etc.

Look, everyone knows that the world has changed since Covid. Rules and rules and policy is policy. BUT, this manager knew me, I knew him, those wedding guests would probably never enter the hotel again once the wedding was over but I would. Had he said, madam we wouldn't normally do this but as you are a long standing customer, please bear with me, I will clean the table so that you can sit and have a drink. He was in a position to make a difference but he chose not to. One poor experience will mean that we will not visit the Library Bar again but this is a high end deluxe hotel where people spend BIG so somehow I doubt that my service and my pennies will be missed.
Written September 13, 2021
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OneRoamingFoodLover
London, United Kingdom78 contributions
Superb cocktails
Oct 2020
A most enjoyable visit - the cocktails were fantastic and the overall decor/ambience of the hotel is very good. The only letdown was some of the other guests - loud twenty-somethings wearing trainers and very casual clothes (not what you expect at a hotel of this calibre). I think the hotel should introduce a dress code.
Written November 4, 2020
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GeorgeDubiecki
Los Angeles, CA4,451 contributions
I guess Mondays not night to go
Jan 2020 • Friends
We have been before. Each of the other times were five star. This was different. When the staff came to our table they were nice. Unfortunately they appeared lost for long periods at a time. I did not feel like getting up and chasing someone down.
I had the fish and chips. It looked great but the fish inside the dough was stiff and overcooked. I put that down to it being a Monday night. My wife and our friend shared the Dover Sole. I did not ask but they each left a small piece. Remember they split an order. I think that I expected the level that I experienced before.
Written January 6, 2020
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Dear GeorgeDubiecki, Thank you for sharing your feedback. I am sorry to see that on this occasion, your visit to The Library Bar did not meet expectations. The team do their upmost to ensure each and every guest has a wonderful experience and so are saddened to see your feedback. Your comments have been shared with the Food and Beverage Manager for review. On behalf of the team, we hope to have the opportunity to restore your faith in The Library Bar and welcome you back again soon. Kind regards, Marco Novella Managing Director
Written January 14, 2020
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bigmin1
Bedford, UK52 contributions
Came for a drink
Jan 2020 • Couples
Wanted to experience the Lanesborough so stopped by for a drink in the bar. Over priced bottle of wine is fine, that's what I expect....but an American with a small dog reserving 2 bar stools (one for him and one for his dog) is not what I expect. A dog cushion on a bar stool of a 5 star hotel??!! I have 2 dogs at home, I dont wish for anyone elses dog hair or smell on me when I'm out thanks. I assume the guy is a good tipper. I for one will not be stopping here for drinks again.
Written January 3, 2020
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Dear bigmin1, Thank you for taking time to share your feedback following your recent visit to The Library Bar. I am sorry to see that you did not enjoy your overall experience. The hotel policy is that we allow small to medium sized dogs within The Library Bar, Withdrawing room and guestrooms only and this particular dog in question was a resident at the hotel. The Library Bar team do their upmost to create the best experiences for each and every guest and so are sad to see your review. We do hope to have the opportunity to restore your faith in The Library Bar and welcome you back again soon. Kind regards, Marco Novella Managing Director
Written January 14, 2020
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DifferentGuy
Zagreb, Croatia201 contributions
Wonderful bar and setting but some things must be said
Jan 2020
This review will cover two aspects. Some might find it awkward, but I am sure many will see it as useful. First part is about place itself.

As I have expected, Library bar has not disappointed. Surroundings are immaculate. Same as with Ritz, you feel so grateful and humble to have a chance to share small part of the universe with some of the most remarkable people in history that have stayed there. Hotel is top notch inside and out. Same goes for every facility in it, including staff. Lady from Canary Islands is amazing. When it comes to catering business, it does not get any better.

Now the second part of the review that does not only refer to Lanesborough hotel, but to several other I have stayed at of the same or a similar standard as well. Please, do not treat waiters and other staff like they are below you. I understand there are cultural and differences in mentality, but when you are in London, or pretty much anywhere in the world, do show the respect to the hard working people that are doing their best to make your stay memorable. Moving forward. Do not play domestic music of yours from your phone in a hotel lobby. Have some respect towards other guests. Moreover, honor the surroundings and the history of the place. Third, and last for now, do not be dressed as you are going in your local pub, or a beach volleyball tournament. I understand certain people do not work hard for their money, and I understand class and manners are slowly becoming part of the history, but I sincerely hope this review will make someone think and maybe he, or she will have more appreciation towards historic place he is staying at. Lastly, London has been here long before us, and will stay many, many years after.
Written January 1, 2020
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Dear DifferentGuy, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback following on from your recent visit to The Library Bar. I am thrilled to see that you highly enjoyed the service and surroundings. The team work hard to create the best experiences for each and every guest and so are delighted to see your review. On behalf of the team, we do hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards, Marco Novella Managing Director
Written January 3, 2020
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London_Louise_17
London, UK11 contributions
Great, peaceful bar
Jul 2019
This bar is a great place to enjoy a quiet drink in a peaceful setting with a friend. The drinks selection is superb and the staff are very friendly and attentive. The nibbles were frequently replenished and very tasty. The staff were all well informed about the drinks menu and were great in helping us select drinks.The pianist was a great addition to the ambience and was lovely to listen to. A very nice bar to have a peaceful drink in the evening but beware it isn't very large and there aren't lots of seats available.
Written August 8, 2019
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Dear London_Louise_17, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. It is a pleasure to see that you had a lovely time at The Library Bar from the general ambiance to the service received as well of course as the drinks offering itself. The team are delighted to see your feedback and do hope that the general size of the Bar did not affect your overall experience. On behalf of the team we do hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind regards, Marco Novella Managing Director
Written August 12, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jose A. Zorrilla
2 contributions
An oasis of civilization and refinement
Jun 2018
I was welcomed by a courteous and highly qualified staff that guided me to the heart of a unique experience. Though not much of a whisky aficionado I was orphan of my beloved Macallan 25, lost somewhere after a long spell of friendship. No elaboration on this sad event. After confiding this setback to the maitre and already friend and adding that I hated peat I was directed to Balvenie after formal assurance that I would not need to mortgage my assets to buy the dram. I will always be grateful for the discovery. Though already retired I found out that I had missed the best of the best. Well done, team. Balvenie in hand I promise. I will never forget you!
PS.- I am not sure of the date of the encounter, I only found out now that I was allowed to post comments, but the maitre (judging from the pictures) continues to be the same. Do not let him go!
Written May 26, 2019
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Dear xhose, Thank you for taking time out to share your feedback following your experience at The Library Bar. It is a pleasure to see that you highly enjoyed exploring the world of the Balvenie! The team are delighted to read your feedback and do hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon for more Balvenie or quite possibly a new discovery. Best regards, Marco Novella Managing Director
Written May 31, 2019
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Steph Reyes
Doha, Qatar36 contributions
The Library bar
Apr 2019
A nice place to catch up with friends, quiet and comfortable with good music, food and drinks. Melissa our server was very good.
Written April 13, 2019
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Dear stephaniereyes11, Thank you for sharing your feedback. I am thrilled to see that you had a lovely time at The Library Bar from the service to the ambiance as well as the food and drinks. The team are delighted to see your feedback and do hope to have the pleasure of welcoming your friends and yourself back again soon. Kind regards, Marco Novella Managing Director
Written April 15, 2019
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s K
London, UK21 contributions
Drinks at the Library
Mar 2019 • Friends
Had a great evening with a friend at the Library bar - the ambience is really good. The staff was excellent, the service was brilliant. We had asked for red wine suggestions and the recommendation by the staff was spot on. Had a great evening.
Written March 18, 2019
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Dear s K, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I am thrilled to see that you had a great evening in The Library Bar from ambience to service. The Library Bar team are delighted that you highly enjoyed their recommendation and do hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you both back again soon. Best regards, Marco Novella Managing Director
Written March 19, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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