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Artesian Bar, London

Langham Hotel, 1C Portland Place, Regent Street
Tube: Oxford Circus
Tel: 44 207 636 1000's insider take:

Named for the 360-foot-deep well beneath the floor, this glam bar opened in January 2007. Interiors star David Collins (who perfected his art on the Blue Bar and Claridge's) transformed the very blah bar of this former, very blah, Hilton into a 21st-century mini-Versailles with textured leather, mirrors, stately chandeliers, and enormous windows. The cocktails are based on what must surely be the best rum library in the land. Nondrinkers can play too: The bar is open all day for morning coffee, afternoon tea, and any in-between meal you can invent.

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