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Artesian is a glamorous cocktail bar within the Langham Hotel. Specialising in rum, Artesian’s expert mixologists have created an extensive drinks list offering all the classics as well as signature cocktails. Even the ice special as it’s made using the latest technology ensuring it lasts longer, is colder and has a higher density.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

11:00 - 02:00

TUE

11:00 - 02:00

WED

11:00 - 02:00

THU

11:00 - 02:00

FRI

11:00 - 02:00

SAT

11:00 - 02:00

SUN

11:00 - 00:00

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By Anna G.

After hearing that Artesian was officially named as the World's best bar, I had to go and try it out, and finally went last night. It certainly lived up to my expectations, the bar is gorgeous and luxurious looking without being pretentious. The service is swift and friendly and the staff are really knowledgeable about the drinks, taking the time to explain where the spirits come from etc...the drinks are Wow! My friend had 2 of the Super Panda's as she liked them so much and I really liked the Forever Young. Not only did the it look amazing with the smoke and the mirrors but it tasted fantastic too. My only criticism would be is that a couple of the cocktails come with too much ice, I don't like much ice in any of my drinks so would have preferred it with a little less. Having said that, if that's the only complaint of the bar that that's not exactly much! Overall, the experience was lovely and if you are a die-hard cocktail fan like myself, you have to go.


By S.

Artesian is genuinely sublime. The drinks are good, yes, though perhaps a little pricey but it's the decor here that makes you feel so pampered. I don't know if it's the softness of the purple but it really is deeply seductive and really makes you want to return. I'm even a little worried that after only three visits I may be hooked on Artesian! Not sure if my purse can extend to that though, I'll have to seek out a playboy there!


By S.

I just had some light bar snacks from Artesian but they were something very, very special - I almost felt guilty. The only problem I did have was with Artesian's decor - it's supposed to be a big selling point but it looked to me (admittedly a design philistine) like Louis XIV and Fu Manchu couldn't come to a compromise. Don't attack me, I just thought it looked weird - I hate contrived design anyway.


By Nicky H.

I love this bar. From the moment you walk in you feel special. The service is exceptional and the cocktails delicious. I would recommend the Langham Martini, it is served in stunning glasses (well not glasses as they are metal) with tasty olives. The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and was generous to replace a drink we had ordered but that was not in fact to our tastes, at no charge. This place has the perfect mix of being buzzy yet intimate and I will look forward to going back (when the bank balance allows!). The only reason I haven't scored it 5 stars is the fact the toilets are a considerable distance from the bar. This means unnecessary time away from the table which is a personal issue and not really a problem. Other than that I would highly recommend. Wonderful.


By Kelly H.

If there’s one thing that London does well, it’s hotel bars. And the award-winning Artesian bar at the Langham Hotel is no exception.

The Venue
The Langham Hotel is a stunning example of what the capital’s 5 star hotels are all about. Quintessentially British in design, paying homage to our heritage, it also has a modern flair that keeps it looking fresh.

The bar itself isn’t particularly large but it’s beautifully presented. Big period windows line the wall and they're decorated with luxurious white curtains that match the intricate white panelled surfaces and ceilings. Leather fills the space from the leather foot stools to the high backed dark purple leather sofas, and some have the effect of snakeskin, which heightens the feeling of luxury. They nestle around simple round wooden tables, glossed to a high sheen, and the overall effect is very much gentleman’s club in style. However, it’s given a feminine edge courtesy of huge bunches of fresh flowers, white lamps and a glistening mirrored bar filled with a pretty array of coloured spirit bottles.

The Atmosphere
The Artesian is as expensive as it is decadent, and so it attracts a certain type of customer: rich hotel guests, business people, attractive socialites and people treating themselves to a ‘posh’ night on the town. There’s a refined air to the place, although it doesn’t verge into pretentiousness. And that’s because this is a 5 star hotel where the staff make every customer feel like they are important. Incredibly efficient, the service is flawless from the complimentary bowls of nuts and olives on your table to the way you never have to wait to order your next drink.

The Food
The bar food at the Artesian is more expensive than the dishes at many restaurants, with a choice of small plates priced at £8 including things like chicken wings with caramel and ginger or lobster bisque with crab. What really stands out, however, is their caviar menu, starting at £32 for just 10g of the mature Spanish cold river caviar to £495 for 125g of the Royal Belgian caviar. Ouch.

The Drink
First thing’s first. The price. Drinks at Artesian do not come cheap, costing in the region of £13-£25 when ordering from the menu, and more if you have a martini with premium spirits. Still, they are good. Very, very good. Even the ice is specially designed, super-cold ice that doesn’t melt quickly so as not to dilute the cocktails too much. And they are old school in their building of the cocktails around the flavour of the alcohol, rather than hiding it with sweet purees.

A good example of this is the Strawberry Hill Daiquiri (£14.50), which comprises of Wray and Nephew rum, fresh strawberries, pink grapefruit and agave nectar served with orange bitters and lime. It’s a potent mix that packs a big kick, but is softened by the sweetness of the strawberries. The grapefruit and bitters add a pleasant tang to the drink, which so easily could be overly bitter and unpleasant if not perfectly mixed. Of course, if you want to really test any cocktail barman then the way to do it is to order a martini. And yes, their martinis are perfect.

If you really want to go for it then their most expensive drink is the Zombie, made from four Caribbean rums, marschino liqueur, velvet falumum, pernod, grenadine, grapefruit and a float of Bacardi 151. No wonder it’s £25 (and don’t forget the 12.5% service charge on top of that!).

The Last Word
The Artesian Bar is a fine example of a hotel bar getting it oh so right – and that’s no mean feat when the competition in this sector is so fierce.


By ADELE S.

Rum Cocktails are very much en vogue this summer, and the best place to go for one (or several!) is The Artesian Bar. The luscious drinks match the luscious lilac/purple interior and I was just gutted I hadn't worn my purple paisley dress and butterfly accessories - because then I would have completely blended in.

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