Abode, Piccadilly. (c) awaywithoutthekids.
The public bar of the swanky Abode hotel is a pleasant enough spot for a quiet drink before heading into town for a night out or catching your train home. Like the equally plush Malmaison and City Inn opposite, this place has brought a touch of class to Piccadilly which contrasts with the Brunswick next door and Waldorf opposite. The building is a typically grandiose Victorian cotton merchant's warehouse conversion with many original features retained throughout. The main restaurant boasts celebrity chef, Michael Caines, but the order of the day in his "Champagne and Cocktail Bar" is just a few bottled ales for the pub-goer. We popped in after a few bottles of wine at Cloud 23 so things were getting hazy and I can't recall what the ale of choice was - it was suitably pricey though.