Trader Vic's

Bar & Restaurant
22 Park Lane
London, United Kingdom
Ph: 44-207-208-4113 - Website
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Sun-Thu 5pm-1am
Fri-Sat 5pm-3am
Opened in 1963
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Mahiki, London 0.4 mi
0.7 km
The British Museum, London 1.3 mi
2.2 km
London Aquarium, London 1.4 mi
2.3 km
Sugar Cane, London 2.9 mi
4.6 km
Kanaloa, London 2.0 mi
3.3 km
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Looking into the bar seating area at Trader Vic's in London
March 2009, photo by Princess P.
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Humuhumu’s description:
When the London Trader Vic's opened at the London Hilton in 1963, it was the first expansion outside of North America. In 1978, Warren Zevon immortalized the London Trader Vic's in his song "Werewolves of London" from his Excitable Boy album: "I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's... his hair was perfect."

In July 2011, a fire in the hotel caused some minor damage, requiring a short closure and a bit of remodeling in the dining room.

How to find it:
Trader Vic's is in the lower level of the London Hilton.
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May 17, 2009, 7:50 AM
Restuarant has got new monthly menus and they also now have slow cooked suckling pig special menu every Friday.
blue.octopus is a regular at Trader Vic's, and is usually there usually every other Saturday.

May 31, 2009, 10:41 AM
Simply the best place to drink in London! Okay, it's pricey (but so is all of London), but this Trader Vic's at The London Hilton really does have a 'retro jet-set', old-school Tiki vibe, a WONDERFUL drinks menu, fabulous music (always tropical, always mellow), great food, super service...and it genuinely takes you away from the hustle and bustle of foggy London to a far more civilized, magical place.
Amanda International is a regular at Trader Vic's, and is usually there Whenever I'm in London, which is often!.

February 3, 2015, 4:56 PM
We've been here twice, in 2009 and 2013. The first visit included dinner, which was OK but not fantastic for the price. The drinks were awesome. I had to order a pina colada first, which confused the waiter. He was an immigrant and probably not familiar with Warren Zevon. Also, they call that drink a Bahia at Trader Vic's for some (undoubtedly historical) reason. Still, the bartender knew what I meant and made a terrific pina colada. After that I ordered a tiki classic of some sort, but I no longer remember which one. Our second visit was only for drinks. It was early on a Tuesday evening, and the place was almost deserted. Service and drinks were excellent. I hope they do better business at other times, or I fear this place will not long survive. Perhaps it could be declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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February 13, 2015, 1:42 AM
So this is one of my favorite Tiki joints in the world. It was the first Trader Vic's outside of the US and it looks like it hasn't changed in a bit. At the edge of Mayfair, along the park and downstairs from an old Hilton is this gem. Hit the bar up for some real classic tiki drinks in the traditional mugs (for each drink ordered). Marvel at the original decor and feel the vintage vibe. Music is often hosted and dinner is an elegant (albeit expensive) affair. When I am in London, I always pop by here to get away from it all and remember the experience people looked to bring to London after World War 2. Very cool spot
NYC Tiki is a semi-regular at Trader Vic's.

April 14, 2015, 2:28 PM
Drinks are great and the Decor is excellent. A must see.

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