Mint Leaf Lounge

With its theatrically lit backdrop of polished pebbles & a scene-stealing position at the heart of this grandiose banking-hall conversion, Mint Leaf’s 16m bar is no shrinking violet.

The cocktail list packs plenty of punch, innovation & dash, & the mixologists deliver some ‘absolutely stunning’ concoctions: try the rococo chocolate espresso (Patrón XO Café Tequila, Mozart dark chocolate liqueur & espresso). Food plays second fiddle to the alcohol, but expect sexy new-wave Indian nibbles such as crisp-fried julienne of okra or Kaffir lime-tinged chicken tikka with moong lentil raita.

If the long bar’s extrovert glamour is not your style, there’s a chill-out lounge area with leather sofas & bookable private booths, plus a clubby little mezzanine Champagne bar.