Scarfes Bar

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Location – Holborn, London

It is fantastic to see a promise (the collective noun for barmen) of bartenders in London wearing trews (tartain trousers), white waistcoats and ties. This lot are pure dapper and class at Scarfes.

And the team under the clothes? “Cocktail artisans, mixologist experts, wine connoisseurs, beer guzzlers,” says the website.

“Our team are a welcoming bunch and on hand to ensure your experience is full of fun – Scarfes style.”

The bar is part of the five-star Rosewood London hotel and is named after London artist and former Sunday Times and New Yorker illustrator Gerald Scarfe.

A little more about Mr Scarfe: “Renowned British artist and caricaturist, Gerald Scarfe, has lent both his name and artistic vision to Scarfes Bar,” the website says.

“Gerald’s own collection of amusing and conversation-provoking paintings, highlighting his best work, adorn the marble walls, transforming Scarfes Bar into a living canvas, described by Gerald as ‘my personal art gallery, where you can see my life on these walls’.”

The menu screams Gerald Scarfe and has been designed in an exceptionally fun way, featuring caricatures of celebrities, royals and those pesky politicians.

The drinks are some of the most expensive on the Top 50 Cocktail Bars list, but well worth the money if you’re willing to splash out on some opulence.

Booyakasha (inspired by Ali G) costs £18 and is made using Patron Silver, Martini Rubino, dried mango, habanero, verjus, pink grapefruit and guzano.

High Wasted, which is named after the celebrity with the highest waistline in Britain, Simon Cowell, costs £19 and is made using Glenfiddich IPA, tobacco, hopped grapefruit, coco and leather soda.

He may be off the menu now he’s engaged to Meghan Markle, but you can still pay £25 to sip a Prince Harry-inspired cocktail. Named Off the Market, the drink is made from Royal Salute 21YO, saffron, Algarve figs and ginger effect (cos of his hair).

Hungry? While Scarfes Bar may feature some of the most expensive cocktails on the Top 50 list, it also has some of the most delicious food.

From Hampshire brie croquettes to snack on, bone marrow and thyme focaccia to start and char-grilled Ayrshire beef as a main, you’re spoiled for choice.


Rosewood London
252 High Holborn

020 3747 8670


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