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TimeOut - Get a seat at the rather splendid green marble bar itself; you may be able to influence which vintage vinyl will next hit the turntable spinning at the end of it. Advertised as a ‘classic cocktail’ joint, the DD’s daily drinks list features only three tipples, so it’s no surprise there’s a strong encouragement to test the bar staff’s knowledge by ordering your favourites ‘off-menu’. read more
The Nudge - This is an Italian-style cocktail bar, with an achingly beautiful green marble bar backed by a huge renaissance-style painting. It’s from here that they serve their classic cocktails, with just three on the daily-changing menu at any one time. You’ll find the likes of a Fish House Punch, or a Rattlesnakes, but you can order any classic you care to think of. read more
GQ Magazine - Why have a hotel with lots of rooms and just one bar when you could have three bars and only one hotel room? The answer is as obvious as it is brilliant and, recently launched by the duo behind the award-winning Worship Street Whistling Shop, it actually exists. The 40 sq m Napoleon Suite is the only overnight room at East London's Napoleon Hotel & Bars and has drinking dens on all sides. read more
The Standard - The Devil’s Darling. With lowlights, a patterned tiled floor and a regal painting of the French emperor’s coronation as a bar backdrop, it feels romantic, exclusive and just a little bit fancy. There are just three to choose from each day, but feel free to ask the bartenders for what you fancy. The general rule is, if it’s classic they’ll do it. read more
Square Meal - The Devil’s Darling was a nickname for Napoléon, a mural of whose coronation dominates the 1930s-inspired bar. The Gallic theme continues with frou-frou swagged drapes, white napery on tables-à-deux in serried ranks, and clichéd Belle Epoque posters. Incongruously, discs by The Police and Spandau Ballet spin on a 1970s record player. read more

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