After a long day of travel, one of our first stops in London was for a martini at Dukes Hotel. Nestled in a quaint little spot just off of Bond Street, Dukes is just the kind of place where you can count on seeing a few British bigwigs enjoying their version of happy hour, with each martini setting them back £20.
Outrageously priced? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. Since we aren't big martini drinkers, I can't tell you what the initial appeal was of going to Dukes, but I was certainly intrigued by the fact that it was dubbed by many travel guides as having the best martini the world. When in Rome. Apparently, Dukes was the spot where Ian Fleming enjoyed his martinis, therefore becoming the inspiration for James Bond's famous drink of choice. So, there's that.
Based on my drink order (a Miss Moneypenny - cointreau, passion fruit, and lime), it was certainly clear to our waiter knew that I'm no martini affecionado, but it didn't faze him from giving us the complete martini history experience, as he prepared our martinis on a roll-out cart, directly in front of our table. If you're a martini drinker, Dukes is a must. If you're not, it's still worth the experience.