Luxurious Signature Cocktails – Polo Bar at The Westbury


One of the best places in London for luxurious signature cocktails in elegant surroundings is the Polo Bar at The Westbury. With Art Deco inspired design, Fendi detailing and Swarovski Crystal lighting, it has a very opulent feel. Awarded London’s Bar of the Year 2014 by The London Lifestyle Awards, it has a prime location in the heart of Mayfair.

Polo Bar at The Westbury
I was invited to sample their extensive cocktail list and bar menu, enlisting the help of my good friend Sylvia. She’s getting married in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast and it’s going to be amazing! Stepping through the door of the Westbury Hotel, you leave all the hustle and bustle of vibrant Conduit Street behind and enter a rarefied atmosphere that’s perfect for romantic dates, business meetings or a long overdue catch up with a friend. Our friendly waiter suggested that we start with two of the Polo Bar signature cocktails and recommended a couple of bar bites. There’s also a wide choice of salads, sandwiches and signature dishes on offer. It turns out that the Westbury hotel was created in 1955 by a polo playing family, the Phipps, hence the bar’s name.

Polo Bar Westbury menu
Sylvia’s Pomegranate Deluxe Bombay Sapphire gin was shaken with elderflower, lemon and freshly squeezed pomegranate juice and topped up with Moët Brut NV. The flavours were perfectly balanced, with the sweet pomegranate offsetting the gin. It was also a visual delight, decorated with flecks of gold.

Polo Bar cocktails
My Mayfair Gold Tanqueray gin was shaken with fresh lychees and elderflower, then splashed with Moët Brut Rosé NV. I loved the combination of delicate lychees and elderflower with the gin and rosé champagne. Not only did my drink also come decorated with those gold flecks, I even got a mini version of it! Apparently it’s really popular with guests who can offer it to their dining companions to try.

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At this point the first of our bar bites arrived, basil pesto flavoured cones filled with a creamy goats cheese mousse, pear chutney and pink peppercorn. These were the perfect accompaniment to our cocktails, subtle enough not to overpower them yet flavourful enough that there wasn’t one remaining!

Polo bar snack
My next cocktail was a fragrant Rose Infused Gin, served with Fevertree Elderflower tonic. I liked the simplicity of this G&T, and the rosebuds were a stunning addition.

Polo Bar tonic
Sylvia’s orange infused G&T was equally refreshing. The Polo Bar’s manager, Elias Yiallouris, worked previously at Claridges and The Savoy, and if you tell him what you like then he or his staff will rustle up something special for you. They also do a great range of non alcoholic cocktails that won’t leave you feeling like you are missing out.

Polo Bar drinks
Our other bar bite was this delicious plate of king prawns coated in Panko breadcrumbs and served with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. If you’re wondering what panko is, it’s breadcrumbs made without bread crusts, giving a crispier coating as it doesn’t absorb as much grease when cooking. We could certainly tell the difference as these prawns were light and worked really well with the sweet chilli sauce.

Polo Bar food
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I ‘d love to return to The Westbury to try out their other restaurants, not only do they have an acclaimed sushi restaurant Tsukiji Sushi, but the jewel in their crown is Michelin starred Alwyn Williams at The Westbury. It’s a real hidden gem of a place and I’d highly recommend it.

Do you have a favourite signature cocktail? I’d love to hear your suggestions and recipes!

Polo Bar at The Westbury37 Conduit Street, London W1S 2YF

Polo Bar review

  • Suze this sounds delightful! I love really well done cocktails and nibbles and this sounds ideal!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

  • The drinks and the food look very tempting! I never say no to gin 😉

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    • G&T is a great drink isn’t it, doesn’t make you feel light headed and very few calories!

  • You never fail to tempt your readers with those amazing pictures!
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    • That’s very kind, thank you Vishakha – those drinks certainly tempted me!

  • WhatWouldVWear

    Love those pics, and the drinks look amazing!

    Sending you much love!!!

    xoxo, Vanessa

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    • The drinks were delicious Vanessa, love your site by the way – such great style inspiration

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I love the look of these glittery cocktails!

    Lots of love,

    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

  • All the drinks look very inviting, I especially love the basil pesto flavored cones. That’s such a great idea to use cones as appetizers.

    • It’s really different and the flavor of the pesto definitely came across

  • The drinks look stunning…such an amazing place!

    • You feel very relaxed in there, it’s so plush and comfy!

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    Best bar bites ever! Everything looks delish. I’ll be heading to London in the fall so thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Let me know if you fancy a coffee/drink while you’re hear. Always a pleasure to meet other bloggers, especially luxury ones like yourself

  • love&limoncello

    Those cocktails look like I could swim in them. Delightful.

    Zoe | Love and Limoncello

  • Lucy

    I haven’t ever been but this is now high up on the list. The Mayfair Gold Tanqueray gin looks superb Lucy x

    • That was my fave out of my two cocktails, mind you the pomegranate one looked lovely too!

  • OtherSomewhere

    Those drinks all look beautiful, love the use of colours etc. i do enjoy a cocktail but I’m pretty prescriptive in the ones i choose – generally stick to either gin-based or prosecco based ones – so maybe I should try out some new ones!

    • You’d be right at home with the gin ones then – and you’re right that the colours were really striking

  • tr3ndygirl

    delish drinks
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  • stylentonic Constantinos

    luxurious & delicious! kiss kiss dear! xxx

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  • I’ve never been to the Polo Bar although I’ve spent more time at The Westbury than i’d like to admit, haha. The bar looks very masculine, quite a contrast to the pretty cocktails! x

    Jasiminne / Posh, Broke, & Bored – Luxury lifestyle blog

    • I can imagine! The bar is quite masculine in style but softened by the Swarovski crystal window hangings

  • Those cocktails looks thirst quencher 🙂

    Love it and the place looks so cool 🙂

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  • Hellooooo, yummy beverage!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Those drinks look like works of art! Only in London would they have a Polo inspired bar. The closest we’ve got here in the states I think is the Ralph Lauren Polo restaurant. I wish we had more beautiful bars like this in St. Louis. Seems like a nice place to retreat and enjoy!

    xx Yasmin

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    • St Louis must be a beautiful place to live. It’s true that this bar seems to fit really well in London

  • Looks delicious! Love the vibrancy of those cocktails. I haven’t been here, but really want to try a few more of the hotel bars in London!

    Katie <3

    • Hope you get to try it Katie, I’m slowly working my way around the hotel bars!

  • Kelly M

    Well this is definitely delicious looking 😉 Love this – I want that basil flavored ice cream..!!!

    XO K
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    • The basil was such a great flavor, Kelly! Have a fab weekend

  • I am curios on the taste of that basil pesto flavoured cones. I am always fascinated how cocktail drinks are serve.

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  • Paola

    Delicious food and beverage!!! Cool place!!!
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    • Yes it was a great combination of food and drinks, enjoy your weekend Paola

  • Everything looks so freakin’ yum! Lovely post 🙂
    XoXo from South Africa

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  • Tash Collier

    Yum, everything looks good!

    RedLip&Love

  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    I love the carpet. The cocktails look fab and those little cheese cones are a great idea. I might have to try and create something similar

    • That’s a great idea Ali, and they’re pretty healthy too

  • nicoleta buru

    Mmmmmm, wish to taste that cocktail +_+

    Have a great weekend,

    Nicoleta

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    • The cocktails were amazing – have a lovely weekend Nicoleta

  • tr3ndygirl

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  • Those drinks looks delicious! It’s already Friday night on our side of the world, I will probably need one or a couple more of those drinks later 😉

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    • Almost the weekend here now too, I hope you’re having fun Alyssa!

  • Lyosha

    Great place! feeling hungry!

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

  • Emily Ray

    Oooft, this looks amazing. Thankfully I’ve just had my lunch but that cocktail is calling me 😉 x

    • The gold flecks are such a fun idea, definitely recommend those cocktails!

  • Ooooh the cocktails look amazing! Actually, I just visited the summer pop up hosted by Grey Goose. Their cocktails were absolutely amazing! You should give it a try 🙂

  • So stylish! Beautiful pictures!

    xx

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  • Loving the look of those cocktails and the basil pesto flavoured cones!

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