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Annex 3, London

6 Little Portland Street
Fitzrovia, W1
Tube: Oxford Circus
Tel: 44 207 631 0700's insider take:

Less is more? Not at this kitsch-tastic cocktail bar (pronounced "Annex 'trois'") with gold banquettes, mismatched strips of floral wallpaper, retro tables and chairs, and fantastical chandeliers. To top it off, there's a three-foot carousel in the center of the room. The clientele is as eclectic as the decor, thanks to the West End location: too-cool-for-school kids rubbing elbows with bankers in pinstripes. This is a campy offering from Michel Lasserre, Stefan Karlson, and Hassan Abdullah, three antiques dealers turned nightlife impresarios—and owners of Les Trois Garçons restaurant (1 Club Row, Tower Hamlets, E1; 44-207-613-1924; and the Loungelover bar. There's also a restaurant at Annex 3, but the bar—and its good selection of seasonal cocktails (the Limelight, an herbal passion-fruit mojito, is everyone's current favorite) and bottled beer—is a better reason to go.

Closed Sundays.

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