The Café Royal on Regent Street is one of those places steeped in and indeed part of, London lore. The haunt of Whistler, Walter Sickert, Augustus John, Aubrey Beardsley, the Bloomsbury Set and perhaps most infamously Oscar Wilde, not to mention Elizabeth Taylor, David Bowie and Mohammed Ali, all used to frequent this dazzling venue. It's part of London's rich liquid history. The long awaited return of the Café Royal Hotel, after a lengthy period of closure and necessary refurbishment, overseen by Sir David Chipperfield, sees the Grade I listed building reworked for the 21st century. In addition to a new clutch of 5 star hotel rooms, the famous mirrored Grill Room, with its lavish rococo interior, ornate Louis XVI detailing and painted ceiling panels, has been revamped and reopened as a champagne and caviar bar while a more modern-looking, sleek and metallic cocktail bar, acts as an almost minimalist antidote to the abundance of gilt and sparkle elsewhere, serving incredibly expensive cocktails (like the Purple Pearl, a mix of white rum, crßme de mure, blackberries, a dash of orange bitter, and champagne) and of course - absinthe. They're fond of the green fairy here, the bohemian tipple of choice, and you can also order an absinthe fountain for the table if you so wish (Wilde would most certainly approve in such extravagance). The new incarnation does not just rest on its history, rather it restates its place as one of the capital's most glamorous and dynamic places to drink, to see and be seen. A dress code applies - celebrative and sophisticated so be sure to smarten up.