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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

8.3

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Decor 9.5
Drink Quality 8.4
Drink Selection 9.1
Food Quality 8.1
Food Selection 8
Mood 8.5
Music 6.2
Service 7.6
Tikiness 9.2
Tilt 8.6
Vibe 8.1

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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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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.
bowlofpretzels
bowlofpretzels has visited Trader Vic's.
October 24, 2017, 7:55 PM
Oh hell no. Don't go.
There's a reason it is French Polynesia, not English Polynesia and it has nothing to do with colonial power struggles and everything to do with not finding blasted lamb on a Trader Vic's menu.
Yes.
Lamb.
So, after going round Hyde Park Corner on foot from the Underground from the EuroStar from the most boring train station in Belgium from Köln ("Hooray, we're still alive!") from watching Polizie inspect Gummie Bears at a Haribo outlet store from waking up in the bosom of the Nurburgringinging, you'd think I'd be beyond the moon to discover that, for once, my nearest tiki bar was just 14 floors below my room.
Until I went there. Actually twice, just to make sure I hadn't been unfairly unimpressed during the first visit.
The decor is spot on. The music was in the neighborhood. The drink menu looked magical. However, the first tip off should have been the bowl of slightly stale popcorn dropped on our table by a distracted waitress. The world's smallest and most costly bar bites came along with our *cough* tiki slushees, er, drinks.
Again, I've been in Florida for more than two and a half years now. I know there are some beach bars that got excited and bought a slushee machine to expedite the Tiki drink creation process. That's fine. I don't go to those bars for that reason - it's just not my thing. However, encountering such watery, iced-up rotgut at a Trader Vic's was beyond puzzling. If you're thinking I'm being harsh with rotgut, consider this - I've had two Extra Spiky Pineapples at Trader Sam's as a nightcap to a day of tipsy Disney adventures and not had half the headache I had after one of the Trader Vic's London drinks.
Perhaps I've wandered a bit, let's return to the scene of the crime. Wait? Where did all of these posh businessfolk come from just now? Ah, a business dinner must have gotten out of the fancy, upper-floor restaurant and now we're awash with Brits drinking beer around the bar. Oh, and "business" ladies sitting with bottles of sparkling wine at the tables. Super. We paid our $115 USD for three drinks and three apps and headed out into the London night to think long and hard about what we had just done.
Two nights later, with a narrowing window of dinner opening hours and flagging energy, we decided to give the restaurant portion a try. In the last two years, I've opened a menu at a Trader Vic's in Atlanta and, the last two weeks, Munich (for which I still need to write a review), and I've never encountered more than 25% of local fare up for offer. The rest, of course, is Polynesianed-up Chinese food. That, my friend, is just how the world works. And, despite everything else at play these days, that works well.
Unless you're in London, where the Trader Vic's chef has injected incredibly expensive English cuisine (did I mention the lamb?) into the menu like Botox into an eyeball - it just doesn't belong there. We actually read through the menu three times just to be sure we weren't hallucinating from hunger and then lied to the waitress that the fourth member of our party who was, in truth, running late, had decided to eat elsewhere.
Yes.
We left. I can't even remember the last time I did that at a restaurant. Save yourself the horror and don't go to start. I'm so sorry I had to type that.
NinthLevelDan
NinthLevelDan has visited Trader Vic's.
October 23, 2017, 4:13 AM
The place is fantastic, as you would expect, but reeeeally expensive. I know London is an expensive town, and this is in a classy part of the city, so they don't want college party kids. But I think they're in danger of pricing themselves out of business. Maybe I'm wrong, and the place is always busy. But I worry, long term
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