My partner of the night wanted to nip to Tescos to get some bits, so before popping into the Bombay Brasserie for dinner, I thought it best to grab a civilised drink whilst I could. Entering the Baileys Hotel and getting a window seat is an expression of opulence itself. A bright and open bar, only a few light drinkers, and welcoming staff who almost know your order before you have placed it make this a haven of care.
I ordered a Vodka Martini, finding a good one is always a passion of mine, and I ordered a Marguerita for my guest. Whilst I heard them being made at the bar, with the shaking and crackle of ice, I could people watch the comers and goers form the Tube station. And I can say there were some scantily clad London goers that night; even though it was midweek.
The drinks arrived, perfectly decorated and really enjoyable.
The Vodka Martini was a bit too sweet, but scented with a well-presented lemon twist. Next time I will ask specifically for a dry one, rather than just the house. The Margueritta came with the perfect rim of salt and a light Tequila suiting a ladies taste.
Apparently it was Happy Hour, and all the drinks were half price or better. A Beer would cost less than £2.95 and cocktails from £4. If I had known I would have arrived earlier.
Millennium Bailey’s Hotel London Kensington
140 Gloucester Road