The Zetter Townhouse (thezettertownhouse.com)
Good things come in 13-room townhouses. This Georgian boutique hotel sits on cobbled St John Square, where you'll find plenty of chic bars and restaurants. Room decor is classic with contemporary splashes of colour, while the Cocktail Lounge, with its apothecary style bar and open fireplace, is a charming parlour for an afternoon cocktail.
The Soho Hotel (firmdale.com)
Its contemporary elegance belies the luxury you'll find at this 91-room Central London hotel. Each room is individually designed to a modern aesthetic, while the lobby features a 10-foot Fernando Botero sculpture of a cat.
Paramount Bar (paramount.uk.net)
Floor-to-ceiling windows surround this members-only 32nd-floor venue atop Centre Point, offering a dazzling 360-degree view of the city. Designed by British interior designer Tom Dixon, Paramount sports clean geometric chic contrasted by curved pod seating. A copper champagne bar is the hub of the highest floor.
Experimental Cocktail Club (experimentalcocktailclublondon.com)
Hidden behind an unmarked door in the heaving bustle of Chinatown, this debonair lounge serves some of the strongest, and indeed experimental, cocktails in the city. The main bar is on the first floor, where oak fittings and lush fabrics create a lavish but cosy feel. Up a slender staircase is an even more intimate setting, complete with tiny piano and vintage loveseat. Expect to shell out some for fascinating liquors like cigar-infused bourbon, and much more for rare old gins, whiskeys and vodka.
British food gets an injection of style at Mark Hix's eponymous eatery, famed for its daily-changing menu. Done in masculine wood, it is jazzed up by a scattering of artworks from such artists as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. Head downstairs to Mark's Bar, where more Brit-art is the eye candy to cocktails designed by bar scene legend Nick Strangeway.