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Trader Vic's

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22 Park Lane
London, United Kingdom
Opened in 1963
Sun-Thu 5pm-1am
Fri-Sat 5pm-3am
44-207-208-4113

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Trader Vic's

8.1

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by 81 people

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Detail
Everyone You
Decor 9.3
Drink Quality 8.1
Drink Selection 8.9
Food Quality 8.1
Food Selection 8
Mood 8.2
Music 5.7
Service 7.4
Tikiness 9.1
Tilt 8.4
Vibe 7.9

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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.

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tikitraveler
tikitraveler has visited Trader Vic's.
August 7, 2018, 9:10 AM
This place gets a lot of mixed reviews here. I'm not sure why. Contrary to the experience of many here, I had great experiences. I visited on two different evenings, a Saturday and a Monday. I sat at the bar both times. Perhaps that is the difference. The waitresses were indifferent to everyone, which I assumed is a defense mechanism for creepy men. So if you sat at a table with waitress service, your experience may be a bit impersonal.

At the bar, though, it's great. The Filipino bartender OJ is an experienced tiki man who is proud of the place and I enjoyed chatting with him. He's really quite friendly and gracious. He made me some off-menu drinks, such as his Mai Tai variation (better than standard) and a Chief Lapu Lapu. He bemoaned that most patrons only order mai tais or pina coladas, and appreciated that I wanted to explore the drinks. On my 2nd night there, I was gifted some parting trinkets. They appreciate tiki-philes there.

I had bar food both nights. The ribs were tasty. My favorite was the "all-in fried rice". Delicious and filling. Expensive, but it's London, and not that different from the prices I pay in New York anyway.

The decor is simply fantastic. Every inch of the place is detailed. It's dark and mysterious, and (at least when I was there), they played exotica music, and not too loud. The entrance is up on the lobby level of the hotel, and the door details are worth looking at. There's a nice spiral staircase that transports you from sterile Hilton to dark tiki.

At the bottom of the stairs there is a big chair with parrots where you can sit for social media pictures. I had my picture taken by OJ and a waitress on a polaroid. They took two pics, gave me one, and posted the other on a board behind the chair.

I really like this place. It's the most tiki you'll find in London I think. Sit at the bar and talk tiki and I'm sure you'll have a good experience with friendly hospitality.
August 4, 2018, 7:24 AM
Pretty but...
It's a Mecca to behold but after your past the surface, it's a hotel bar. No passion.
canadrian
canadrian has visited Trader Vic's.
May 8, 2018, 3:11 PM
The staff were... technically polite... but they clearly thought we didn't belong there. We came in to have a couple drinks and pupus just to say we'd been there. The look of the place was fantastic. But when they realized were were just having extremely over-priced appetizers and not buying their EXTREMELY over-priced main dishes, it became crystal clear that they wanted us out, OUT, OUT. The staff were on us like flies on a turd, constantly asking if we wanted to order anything else, and whisking away any dish/glass the instant it was empty. We decided not to have second drinks, and shot out of there as quickly as possible. It's a shame, because the place is gorgeous. But if you're not a rich Hilton guest spending a wad of cash, they really don't want you cluttering up their space.
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