The cosiest seat is the cushion-coddled corner banquette near the door, which offers an eyeful of the open kitchen and the hotel’s comings and goings.
Rumpled, well-loved items that whisper of artistic affectations and nights spent feverishly daubing a canvas. Pair with one-of-a-kind or self-made accessories.
Cambridge Street Kitchen is helmed by Elliot Miller. Banquettes and reclaimed-wood tables surround an open kitchen and copper-topped bar, where an industrious team whips up hearty mains, such as sea bream with butternut squash, chanterelles, cavolo nero and a truffle pesto, or haunch of venison with cep, kale, rescoff and chesnut. At lunch, dine on cajun salmon, tuna tataki and juicy beef burgers. Breakfast is served here too; fresh pastries, cold-press juices and smoothies are spread out over the deli counter, and brunches are replete with vanilla-cream-smothered banana pancakes, and eggs in tasty guises.
In a hotel bedecked with ballsy artwork, the Clarendon Cocktail Cellar – an intimate basement bar – has all the greats: Edvard Munch, Andy Warhol, George Seurat – albeit in drinkable form. Munch's The Scream is a zingy cocktail laced with mezcal and lime, Seurat's dashing dots inspire a sophisticated gin, lemon and tea concoction, and Warhol's soup becomes a brilliant Bloody Mary, with bacon bourbon and horseradish tincture. More tangible artwork is supplied by the Lawrence Alkin gallery, and alongside complimentary bowls of moreish bacon-y popcorn, you can snack on sliders and sausages. Even devoted philistines will approve. In the café upstairs, take your pick of a worldly wine selection chilling in an ice-box (a repurposed sewing-machine stand), or crack open an icy Estrella Damm or Kirin Ichiban.
Cambridge Street Kitchen is open from 7.30am to 9.30pm on weekdays, from 8am to 10pm on Saturdays and from 8am to 8.30pm on Sundays. Clarendon Cocktail Cellar is open from 5pm and closes at 11pm in the week, 12am on Saturdays and 10.30pm on Sundays.
During restaurant hours, your pick of the menu’s dishes and drinks can be delivered to your door.