The Library Bar
The Library Bar
4.5
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Monday
3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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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.
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  • Hyde Park Corner • 1 min walk
  • Knightsbridge • 8 min walk
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4.5 of 5 bubbles50 reviews
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Elizabeth O
London, UK221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
We visited The Library Bar for the first time last year and had such a lovely time that we have now revisited quite a few times since.
We are always greeted with a warm welcome and a friendly smile and it’s lovely to see the same bar tenders when we visit.
All the cocktails Ive had so far have been lovely…I particularly love the rum runner old fashioned!! These are very well paired with delicious Truffle nuts!!
We are often greeted by the same bartender…Giorgio, who is very welcoming and knowledgeable and even remembers which drinks we have!! We look forward to visiting again soon!!
Written February 4, 2023
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Kamran H
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We have stayed at the hotel, dined and drank there several times since opening. On the last occasion on 9th of March it was a horrible experience.

The Library Bar closing time recently changed to 10:30 which we weren’t aware of. We were asked to leave and weren’t even given the opportunity to finish our drinks.

When we insisted we finish our drinks before we leave, we were confronted by 1 then 2 then a 3rd security person giving a very unfriendly and heavy handed approach - demanding that we leave.

Based on which I asked for the discretionary service charge to be removed from our bill - upon this request we could hear the door men sharing racial slurs between themselves about us.

We did eventually get the service charge back but was left victimised and deeply hurt by the experience. We won’t ever be returning to any part of their building in future.
Written March 27, 2022
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fayeb000
London, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
Fabulous experience at the library bar. Myself and friends thought it would be a nice treat to try the Library for my birthday drinks and it was exactly that!
There's a warm friendly feel to the place and from the staff, and it has a chilled out relaxing vibe with a live pianist playing in the background. Its definitely not one of those places where you can't hear yourself think which is exactly what we were looking for.
The cocktails are great and ooze quality just like the bar itself. Thank you so much for making my birthday celebrations special!
Written December 2, 2017
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Dear fayeb000, Thank for taking the time to write this review following your birthday celebrations in the Library Bar. We are delighted to hear that you felt a warm and friendly atmosphere and that you enjoyed the live pianist playing. The Bar Manager Mickael Perron and his team put a lot of effort to ensure that each experience is a special one, so I do hope we will see you at The Library Bar again soon and perhaps even for your next birthday celebration. Kind regards, Geoffrey A. Gelardi Managing Director
Written March 7, 2018
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melbradman
London, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
There's so many good things about the Library Bar. It's in the heart of London, but is a secret gem. The staff are amazing -- attentive, discreet, with an easy-going charm. The cocktails are out of this world. One was served with a peacock feather; another in three parts. They've taken classic cocktails and given them innovative makeovers which really work. The nibbles are delicious too. There's tons of history to the place to - you'll get so much out of a visit here, and you'll want to come back for more.
Written September 5, 2017
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Dear Melbradman, Thank you for reviewing your recent visit to The Library Bar. It is excellent to hear that you were impressed by our team's mixology skills. Our Bar Manager Mickael Perron is passionate about creating a welcoming, vibrant atmosphere with attentive service, and we are pleased that you felt well attended to during your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Lanesborough and The Library Bar very soon. Kind regards, Geoffrey A. Gelardi Managing Director
Written September 11, 2017
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Brian C
Newport Beach, CA336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
We just spent a week at the Lanesborough for Holiday and frequently ended our day with a night cap at The Library Bar.

Before I get into the review, I would like to acknowledge our primary server, Vinay (hopefully I spelled his name correctly) for his outstanding, impeccable and consistent service.

He always greeted us as if we were family and he did it with a level of sophistication and detail that truly made you feel as if you were the most important person in the bar.

He always knew our preferred drink or food selection and always had a clever suggestion available if needed. He always asked how our day went and was ready and willing to make recommendations to make our visit more enjoyable.

The beauty of the Library Bar is that the entire staff is incredibly attentive and the level of professionalism and execution is off the charts. I wish could remember everyone's name as I would acknowledge them personally as well. I could be wrong, but Caroline was superb as well and actually recommended a full day of activities for us which was greatly appreciated.

The level of training that is provided and the standard they desire to achieve is clear when you see the service in action.

A master class in classic Hospitality service could be run out of this location. Many in the Hospitality game could learn the way things should be done in an environment of this caliber.

If you could imagine it, the bartender was there to make it happen with impeccable execution. The selection of wine and spirits available were of the highest caliber.

If you are staying at The Lanesborough, or nearby or if you are a resident in the area, do yourself a favor and visit the Library Bar.

You will not be disappointed.

Written September 5, 2017
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Dear Brian C, Thank you for reviewing your experience of The Library Bar during your recent visit to The Lanesborough. Firstly, thank you for taking the time to write such detailed comments; it really does help us to consistently improve service. I am thrilled that you were impressed by Vinay's service - I will absolutely pass your feedback onto him and the rest of the team. Our Bar Manager, Mickael Perron, has a highly passionate team, who are all dedicated to ensuring each guest feels welcomed and cared for throughout the duration of their visit. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Lanesborough and The Library Bar very soon. Kind regards, Geoffrey A. Gelardi Managing Director
Written September 11, 2017
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Clara L
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Great drinks, beautiful place and amazing service! Thank you to Sandro and Michael for your hospitality, passion and professionalism.
Written February 12, 2024
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ATraveller
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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London_Louise_17
London, UK11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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Jose A. Zorrilla
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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s K
London, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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