London Hidden Gem: The Mansion Bar and Parlour

Tucked away down the quiet Barkston Gardens near the bustle around Earl’s Court station is the charming Mansion Bar and Parlour, a cocktail bar that opened less than a year ago on the ground floor of the 4-star boutique Hotel Indigo.

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Dimple and I popped in for a drink on Friday night, but definitely plan to take advantage of the 2 for 1 happy hour that runs Sunday through Wednesday!

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I didn’t have my camera, so apologies for the terrible iPhone photos.

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It’s much better in person!

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We didn’t know what to expect, but were happily surprised.

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It’s sophisticated, elegant, colourful and contemporary with vintage vibes, taking inspiration from its original setting as a Victorian mansion.

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The wallpaper is made of old classified ads and there are old school newspapers folded on each table.

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After perusing the extensive cocktail menu, we put an end to our indecisiveness and took the advice of the waiter.

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Hemingway Daquiris were an excellent choice.

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Cheers!

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We noticed the staff’s name badges with Lord or Lady titles.

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Apparently, according to View London, “Far from being an empty gimmick, each member of bar staff has been bought a small plot of land so they legally possess the title, making sure guests are really served by members of high society.”

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Interesting.

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I’m looking forward to going back on a Sunday when they do a traditional roast with live jazz in the afternoons.

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The waiter told us to keep an eye on Living Social for deals and I see they have one on now.

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They also run loads of fun networking events, molecular cocktail masterclasses and charity fashion soirees.

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I can’t tell you how the food is, but the staff were lovely and so was the decor so hopefully it lives up to my expectations when I return!

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