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Dukes Bar

#819 of 17,851 Restaurants in London
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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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Today
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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Corinth
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful ambiance and fantastic Martini's, Manhattans and hors d'oeuvres. Professional service. Definitely an A+ establishment. 2 drink limit. Drinks are to be appreciated, not gulped. Good place to bring a client for a relaxed visit and discussion.

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Osterville, Massachusetts
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67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The bar is a wonderfully elegant space tucked away near St. James. While other's may balk at the price of the drinks, which I thought were reasonable, there is also element of pomp and presentation that you will not find anywhere else. The drinks are created tableside, and filled to the brim. There is also no skimping or watering down.... More 

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Lahore, Pakistan
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good ambiance , very friendly staff and off course Vodka Martini's served James Bond style under the able guidance of the Bar manager, Alessandro Palazzi. Although I am not a Martini man but the s but i was nice watching Martinis being served with aplomb.

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Thank Humayun M
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the bar area. I had a very good experience, very good service and the drinks are amazing especially the champagne.

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Thank Ioana P
Bridgewater, New Jersey
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

So many lovely bars in London, possibly all patterned after Dukes Bar. Quintessentially English, a place to see and be seen. Table for two, two champagne cocktails, a cosmo, and a Dukes' Classic Martini. All prepared expertly tableside by the waiter with a cart. Lovely touch. Even if you drink only a little, you must come to what must be... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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80 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

I have been coming to this bar when in London for the last 20 years. Tonight, for the first time ever my wife was with me and I wanted to show off my "local" Wen we arrived it was quite busy but a table next to the bar had just been vacated. I asked the bartender/server (didn't catch his name)... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Have visited a few times over the years and has always been consistently brilliant in the service and hospitatility. Many go for the famous martini and they are fabulous but it's the quiet enclave in st James with the drinks trolley in a convivial atmosphere that makes it special.

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Thank jredgers
Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017

No better place to end the evening in London. Call ahead for reservations or expect a bit of a wait. Best Martinis ever!!!!

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Thank Robert D
Seattle
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41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

A regular stop for Ian Fleming while writing James Bond, this is the classy martini capital of the world. Wait staff arrive with the trolley table-side and lovingly prepare each and every drink for you. Expensive but healthy pours and worth the experience!

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Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Being in London, a lover of martini's and a big James Bond fan my wife and I had to, of course, go to Duke's to sample their expertise. And they are truly experts. It's said that Bond's famous martini was created here. I wouldn't be surprised! Duke's is a small intimate space that seats approximately 40 people. The bartender will... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • 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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