A warm glow of nostalgia and glamour surrounds the Playboy Club name. In this age of lapdancing clubs and internet porn, there is something almost innocent about Hugh Hefner’s Playboy empire that spread across the US in the 1960s and, at its peak, had 30 clubs around the world. A new American TV drama series …

The network of streets between Embankment tube station and the Houses of Parliament have always been a handsome but desolate part of central London. Last year saw the redevelopment of the former 19th-century Victoria hotel into 8 Northumberland Avenue, a venue that includes Boyd’s Brasserie & Bar. Behind this is the new five-star Corinthia Hotel …

It is two years since the saucy and stylish venue The Bathhouse burst onto the scene inside a former Victorian Turkish bath built in the 19th century. Located in Bishopsgate churchyard in the City of London, it is more than just a bar, restaurant and café, offering entertainment and club nights featuring burlesque and other …

If you have already sipped a few cocktails with your meal at pan-Asian restaurant Cocochan off Oxford Street in London’s West End, you can find the descent to its basement bar something of a challenge. You negotiate your way down a twisting staircase with mirrors on both sides, past the toilets, to emerge into the …

With the Olympics only a year away, we are seeing incredible amounts of investment in London’s hotels. And with these luxury hotels come new and refurbished bars that are adding to the capital’s cocktail scene. Over the past few months, stylish new bars have included W Lounge bar and Wyld at W London and Amaranto …

It was a little over a year ago that I attended the reopening of Akbar, the basement bar underneath The Red Fort restaurant in Soho, London. The space originally emerged as a bar 10 years ago but was badly damaged in the fire that broke out in a nearby building in Dean Street in July …

About two-and-a-half years ago, Bar magazine’s front cover featured our venue of the month, the newly opened Kingly Club in Covent Garden, London. It was developed by Dezzi Mc Causland who had already achieved success with his first Kingly Club in Soho and went on to launch the award-winning McQueen in Shoreditch last year. However, …