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Dukes Bar

#849 of 17,953 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
St. James's
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St James's Place | Dukes Hotel, London SW1A 1NY, England
+44 20 7491 4840
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2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

So many lovely bars in London, possibly all patterned after Dukes Bar. Quintessentially English, a place to see and be seen. Table for two, two champagne cocktails, a cosmo, and a Dukes' Classic Martini. All prepared expertly tableside by the waiter with a cart. Lovely touch. Even if you drink only a little, you must come to what must be... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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79 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been coming to this bar when in London for the last 20 years. Tonight, for the first time ever my wife was with me and I wanted to show off my "local" Wen we arrived it was quite busy but a table next to the bar had just been vacated. I asked the bartender/server (didn't catch his name)... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have visited a few times over the years and has always been consistently brilliant in the service and hospitatility. Many go for the famous martini and they are fabulous but it's the quiet enclave in st James with the drinks trolley in a convivial atmosphere that makes it special.

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Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No better place to end the evening in London. Call ahead for reservations or expect a bit of a wait. Best Martinis ever!!!!

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Thank Robert D
Seattle
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A regular stop for Ian Fleming while writing James Bond, this is the classy martini capital of the world. Wait staff arrive with the trolley table-side and lovingly prepare each and every drink for you. Expensive but healthy pours and worth the experience!

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Thank Jreindorp
Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2017

Being in London, a lover of martini's and a big James Bond fan my wife and I had to, of course, go to Duke's to sample their expertise. And they are truly experts. It's said that Bond's famous martini was created here. I wouldn't be surprised! Duke's is a small intimate space that seats approximately 40 people. The bartender will... More 

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Thank TommyTony11
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2017

The cocktail bar at Duke's Hotel in London's Mayfair, has a James Bond 007 theme, and a lengthy cocktail menu. The waiters are expert at preparing the many cocktails, which come at a price - around £18 each. The drinks are mixed from chilled bottles, no ice being used, by white jacketed waiters, who must be very well trained. You... More 

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Thank aramis
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99 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2017

The story goes that it was here that Ian Fleming thought up Bond's famous line about how he likes his martinis. This bar does make amazing martini's and they bring a cart to your table to concoct these amazing cocktails.

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Thank Brendan K
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2017 via mobile

Alessandro at Dukes Bar makes the best martini in London. FACT. There really is nothing else to say.

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Thank Skymonkey71
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2017

Wonderful Bar. Great Atmosphere. Great Barman. Great Martini Cocktails. Great Evening! What else can I say except you must experience Dukes' Bar and its unique atmosphere.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
British
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: St James's Place | Dukes Hotel, London SW1A 1NY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > St. James's
  • Neighborhood: St. James's
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7491 4840
Description
Drinks at DUKES Bar is something of an occasion. The legendary bar is internationally renowned for its famous martinis and personalised cocktails. Frequented by James Bond author Ian Fleming, the bar is said to be the inspiration for the classic line, 'shaken, not stirred'. So whether you're relaxing after a meeting or getting together with friends for special drinks, the intimate and timeless surroundings, coupled with the bartender's knowledge, make it an unforgettable experience.

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St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
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