The Rivoli Bar
The Rivoli bar is something of a legend. Located inside the ever elegant and stylish Ritz hotel, it has a reputation for excellence that’s well deserved. The walls are lined with dark wood and gold, the chairs upholstered in the softest leather. It really is an ideal spot to soak in the sheer luxury that a 5* hotel can offer, all the while drinking a perfectly made cocktail.
Yet, it somehow seems to fall a little flat. We’re not saying that it’s not excellent (it is) but there’s just something missing. There are other hotel bars in the capital that offer the sublime, the extraordinary. They push above and beyond to deliver an experience, whereas this just feels like a top of the line bar. It might seem like a small problem, an irrelevant one even, but at this price a bar needs to thrill you. It needs to captivate your mind and your imagination, plunge you deep into a world of sheer fantasy. The Rivoli, for all its perks doesn’t do that. If you’re in the area or staying at the hotel, we’d certainly recommend you drink there, but it’s not somewhere that you would go out of your way to visit.
Address : The Ritz, The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR