The Savoy American BarThe American Bar at The Savoy. (Photo: The Savoy)A historic and grand hotel in the heart of London, The Savoy is home to the longest surviving American bar in London and Elite Living Africa was invited to discover this hidden gem

The Savoy recently announced that its American Bar has been named the world’s best bar at the ninth annual World’s 50 Best Bars awards, which took place in London’s Southwark on Thursday 5 October – an incredible achievement, thanks to many things, from its dedicated staff to its gorgeous art-deco inspired interior design.

“One of the most iconic in the world, steeped in rich history, the American Bar at The Savoy is extremely proud to have received one of the highest accolades in the bar industry today,’ says bar manager Declan. Once I stepped inside the American Bar at The Savoy in London, it did not take me long to realise why it had recently been named ‘the world’s best bar’ - it oozes old-world glamour.

As we were greeted by the staff, I marvelled at the opulence that surrounded us - the art-deco interior reminiscient of the 1920s era, the ivory walls dotted with photographs of famous faces and a pianist playing a selection of jazz tracks on a baby grand piano to entertain guests, including the City of Stars, featured in the soundtrack of the hit romantic comedy-drama La La Land.

Once we had been seated, it was clear to see the impeccable level of service at The American Bar. The bar supervisor, Joe Hodrien was very informative as he talked us through the drinks menu which features a comprehensive list of classic cocktails with a twist to vintage concuctions. It truly felt like we had travelled back in time as Joe explained the hisorical significance of our chosen drinks featured in the American bar’s recently launched menu 'Coast to Coast'. 

The rest of this article can be read on page 62-63 of Issue 6 of Elite Living Africa