We Londoners are spoiled for choice when it comes to decent hotel cocktail bars, as our city is home to some of the best in the world. Beyond stuffy hotel lobbies and tourist-filled dens, you’ll find places that do exciting things with their drink menus, decor, and interiors, and Fitz’s Bar is one of them. Located in the Grade II listed Kimpton Fitzroy (the impressive red-brick hotel on the edge of Russell Square), the bar is as beautiful inside as it is outside. Inspired by the Roaring Twenties, you’ll be greeted with a massive disco ball and lots of ostrich feathers and velvet.
Fitz’s also recently launched a new cocktail menu, The Theory of Colour, which includes 14 modified interpretations of artist Nicolaes van Verendael’s 17th-century still life flower painting that you’ll find hanging on the walls of the bar. Each artwork mirrors one of the cocktails on the menu, and instead of deciding which flavor profile you want, you’re encouraged to choose your drink from the artwork you find most impactful. Like the menu, the cocktails are a work of art. Our favorites were the Monk by the Sea, the bar’s version of a marg made with tequila, grilled rice, sugar alcohol, chartreuse and clarified lime, and the Mummy Brown, a strong drink made with of bourbon, wild strawberries and orgeat with mixed nuts.
All of these were enjoyed with some of the snacks from the bar menu, including imam biyaldi, oyster mushrooms with teriyaki truffle glaze and skinny fries with parmesan cheese and rosemary salt – the perfect snacks to sip on.
Along with some great drinks and snacks, there’s also live music to enjoy, making it a great spot for celebratory cocktails whether you’re staying at the hotel or not.
Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE