It’s hard to think of a bar anywhere in the world that has made excellence so effortlessly routine as Connaught Bar. This Mayfair hotel bar’s trick is it isn’t trend-chasing and flash; under the stewardship of Ago Perrone, Giorgio Bargiani and Maura Milia, it evolves from one year to the next, always delivering with poise and studied purpose. The gleaming cubist interior frames the bar like a piece of fine art, the service is pitched perfectly – warm and judiciously attentive –and whatever your penchant, the cocktails, like the staff, are impeccably tailored. Like a benevolent omen, the trolley gently clinks and glides around the room delivering bespoke Dry Martinis – probably the best in London. Everything here just makes sense: take the latest menu, Formae, inspired by the shapes and form of The Connaught’s David Collins-designed décor. Try the Magnetum, a scotch and sherry mix which comes in two distinct parts, the two blended by a pull on a custom-designed, modernist stirrer. It’s been knocking on the door for a number of years, but 2020 sees Connaught Bar a vindicated winner of The World’s Best Bar and The Best Bar in Europe, sponsored by Perrier.