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Dukes Bar

#819 of 17,851 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighbourhood:
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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14:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 16:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 14:00 - 23:00
Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Sat 14:00 - 23:00
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Arlington, Virginia
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

If your going RESERVE A TABLE. We waited over an hour to seat four but I was so excited I didn't care and i should have made a reservation so my bad. The bar is very very small and you are going to have to talk above drunk, loud patrons. Waiters are trying to do their best but are harried.... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Cozy, quaint bar to enjoy martinis and having them prepared table-side is a great experience. The staff is very friendly and offers excellent service. This is a "must" for all Bond fans! It's fairly small but this adds to the ambiance. The French 75 and Vesper were delicious. There was a nice mixture of locals and tourists. Be sure to... More 

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Thank Ginger A
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

We had a lovely time drinking in the ambiance where Ian Fleming apparently developed Bond's cocktail. I recommend it - it's quite small, service is great, very atmospheric.

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Thank NFoster_12
La Grande-Motte, France
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128 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

I regularly stay at Duke's on business and absolutely love this bar. The preparation of the cocktails from the trolly at your table is an experience in itself (Dry Martini to perfection!). It's cosy & intimate with excellent service.

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Thank RosKrouglikoff
Ridgewood, New Jersey
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Would you like to feel like Ms. Money penny or James Bond? Shaken not stirred? Beautiful environment with exquisite cocktails. Your drink is made to order from a bar cart that comes to your seat. Everything about this experience was fantastic!

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1 Thank JLH332015
Braintree, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 30 November 2016

Amazing place, full of character and charm. Super service and fun but professional service. Wonderful Martini's

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Thank maureenkyte
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Great place to meet friends for a drink before the theatre or dinner. Martinis made tableside. Expensive but you are also paying for the one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Old London. Crowded, so arrive early.

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Thank dougbassett4
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1,647 reviews
1,279 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 637 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Wonderful small bar in exclusive boutique hotel hidden on quiet mews type road in west end. Excellent cocktails and courteous efficient staff.

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Thank Paulsmithcasty
Almancil, Portugal
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176 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

the smallest and best place to be in after business out of crowd place in the most central place in town

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

I don't really recall the quality of the cocktails. I just recall how unpleasant and sneering the staff and regulars were. Fancy a cocktail? The Lanesborough is up the road. Failing that, hop over to Dandelyan.

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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    Atmosphere
Cuisine
British
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
16:00 - 23:00
Monday
14:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
14:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
14:00 - 23:00
Thursday
14:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
14:00 - 23:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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