A lot of restaurants claim to have a ‘feelgood vibe’ because they’ve got a particularly fruity soap in the ladies and blast Ariana Grande’s discography during cocktail hour. But this huge, upmarket St James’s spot is a proper laugh and has one of the best atmospheric dining experiences in London. They regularly host live bands and coming here for the whole native lobster with aioli is an excellent excuse to get all dolled up on payday. Book a table near the bar so you can fully enjoy the live band, order a bottle of champagne that you probably can’t afford from one of their upbeat suited servers, and prepare to feel like you’ve time travelled to the age of Sinatra, sophistication, and winning old fashioneds.
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