Founded in 1798, and serving up classic British food, Rules has long claimed to be London’s oldest restaurants. What’s little known about it is that a few years back the upstairs room was turned into a cocktail bar. It’s quite the secret little cocktail bar.
The menu contains the usual mix of classics and house cocktails. A nice touch is that many are pored at the table from small silver or cut glass cocktail shakers into nicely chilled glasses.
If you’re a fan of that old classic The Black Velvet, you’ll find them here too.
The drinks are somewhat one the sweeter side than normal, particularly the Margarita, but a squeeze or two of extra lime segments can sort this out.
The bar was once a private dining room where Edward VII used to dine in private with his mistress and there’s a mural commemorating this along with hunting frieze, plush red seating, dark wood panelling with gold detailing and lovely lead lined stain glass windows giving it a relaxing old school high society atmosphere.
Price – £13.50 per cocktail