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    Mark's Bar at Hix

    Soho and Fitzrovia, London

    About the bar

    With the seal of approval from both London's toughest critics and the, perhaps even harder to please blogging crowd, the downstairs bar at Mark Hix's self-titled venture is already one of the hottest spots in the capital. Above it there's a dining room with its Ivy-alike leaded windows and food from expert schmoozer Hix (owner of the popular Oyster and Chop House near Smithfields), demonstrating his usual competence with all things marine. But it's the warm, clubby bar, flagged by a flutter of neon, that's pulling them in. The space is striking, with Damien Hirst fish dangling from the ceiling, the sofas are of butter-smooth, mahogany leather and the drinks are delectable and superbly crafted. As ever with such places the prices don't bear thinking about, but the atmosphere sells it.

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