The Western world is on the edge of bankruptcy; the Euro looks as precarious as a collapsing soufflé; and your family have disowned you since you took that job at Fat Cat Inc and started driving a BMW. But there’s no need to worry, as you can still go out and spend that banker’s bonus in some style in the City when there are truly wonderful bars such as Hawksmoor Guildhall around. You don’t need to book, you don’t need to eat (though the bar snacks are ace), and the historically-themed cocktails are worth bankrupting a few small Third World Nations for. There’s clearly no debt crisis here when cocktails are selling for a tenner or more each – and for that you get premium spirits, excellent mixing skills, and frankly one of the most appealing bars you’re going to find in the City. Lovely service in a bar where suits are welcome, a great setting, knee-trembling drinks – what more do you want? A raise? Guy Dimond
For info, see Hawksmoor Guildhall listing.