Le Chamber

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83-4 Chungdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea

A chamber of secrets, this swish bar is hidden behind a bookshelf that magically slides to one side when you pull the right tome. Set up by two of Korea's most forward-thinking mixologists, it's a luxurious space filled with Chesterfields and chandeliers, plus back-lit shelves lined with more than 200 whiskies. Signature cocktails include the Chamber Mule made with fresh lime and ginger, a favourite with media and celebrity regulars.

In 2018, Le Chamber climbs an impressive 15 places in the list, winning the Highest Climber Award, sponsored by The London Essence Company.