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Apartment 195 (Bar)

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195 King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5ED
Cuisine: [Other/Unclassified]
Tel: 0207 349 4468 | Email to Apartment 195 | Transport: Sloane Square | Write review

Apartment 195 Review

Next to Henry J Beans on the Kings Road is the discrete entrance to Chelsea’s address of the moment, Apartment 195. Dress up smart casual, leave the trainers at home, ring on the doorbell and hope that whoever peers at you through the intercom camera wants to let you in.

The bars are upstairs and the attractive, little-black-camisole wearing waiting staff will point you in the right direction. The main bar looks over the Kings Road. Its open plan, smart drawing room-like area crosses the gentleman’s club of yesteryear with touches of ‘so now’ décor: bamboo sculpted flowers, vibrant cartoon westerns and two giant button collages: one depicting a crown, the other HRH on a one-penny stamp. There is also a more intimate salon and an even smaller TV room.

This Evening Standard bar of the year 2003 is one of those places that you feel like you only got in by accident – was a new bouncer on that day? Is it the barmaid’s birthday and they’re in a good mood? - but after a brief pause in your stride, you regain your step and, feeling like you are indeed worth it, march on over to the bar as though interpreting eight pages of swanky cocktails was what you were born for.

There are some 40 cocktails to choose from, each with a very fruity description. I opted for a rum and passion fruit based Buzz Lightyear. Can’t quite remember why except there comes a point when choice and tempting words overwhelm you so that you just have to go for it. Wine, Champagne, smoothies, cigars and just plain old Diet Coke are all available at prices a pound or two above the London average. Sausage and mash, ribeye steak and cheese burgers are available (£8-15) if you haven’t eaten.

Apartment 195 is like a members-only bar without the doorlist and the attitude which makes it actually pleasantly laid back. The staff are friendly, not snooty and the other customers have come to relax and chat, not eye up what everyone else is wearing. The lounge music doesn’t interfere with your conversation just makes you feel as smooth as the cocktails.

Apartment 195 features in our Best Cocktail Bars in London.

Apartment 195 also features in our Best Bars & Pubs in Chelsea & Fulham.
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Customer Reviews for Apartment 195

Average (based on 7 votes): 7 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Loved Loved Loved this place, so classy and stylish it hurts. Beautiful people everywhere, but at the same time not necking or french kissing mirrors. Really lovely staff everywhere, they made you feel more than welcome, no snob value here, but at the same time had the same approach to all. Definetly would recommend this little piece of paradise. I was staying at the Sloane square hotel and this was a fab little bolthole to start the night with a swing!”
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Johno, liverpool (11 years 2 months 12 days ago)

“While the camisoles did nothing for me, the new cocktails did! 3 of us tried almost all of the 10 London Cocktails, inspired by the city. They were really exotic and packed a punch. I didn't dare try the £350 drink but it looked really nice!”
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Katie Ferdinand, London (11 years 6 months 2 days ago)

“Simply the best bar in the area. The fantastic staff look after you in sumptuous surroundings and serve to-die-for cocktails. Great for an after work tipple or an informal party. Give it a try, you’ll soon be back.”
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daniel walter, london (13 years 6 months 8 days ago)

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“Dear friend slow down!! Are we talking about drinks or girls? The venue is nice and friendly, the service is also good. The girls working there are beautifully attractive, but forget about the drink.”
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ivan, london (13 years 6 months 27 days ago)

“Voted the finest bar in London by the Evening Standard for good reason. They've changed the uniforms a little lately, but it's still a lot of fun. Very private (hidden behind the 'blue door'), and very cool. Top bar, if expensive.”
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Michael, [ Unknown ] (14 years 2 months 20 days ago)

“wonderful decor, fantastic staff, great laid back atmosphere through a hidden doorway. one can escape the hustle and bustle of poncy clubs where everyone is judging everyone else. open for all occasions the intamacy is lovely for partys of people up to 125 pax. full of a variety of different people one never feels out of place. Reassuringly exclusive but not in the usual snobby nosed manner.”
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weety, [ Unknown ] (14 years 5 months ago)

“Naff, overpriced & up it's own backside. Result: daddy's girls & their rugger bugger mates yaayaaing all night before trotting off to fall over on Crazy Larry's dancefloor.”
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Julie, [ Unknown ] (14 years 5 months 8 days ago)

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Apartment 195 Food & Drinks

Apartment 195 Food Menu

A delicious range of menu types from Canapes to 3 Course Dinners. Apartment 195 can cater for any event, and our dedicated team will always strive to satisfy your every need.

Updated 06/07/2009

Apartment 195 Drinks Menu

Gorgeous cocktails, great champagne, fine wines and smooth service are all the menu at Apartment 195. The cocktail list has been created by awardwinning mixologist Jason Fendick. Contemporary and 'traditional with a twist' cocktails are always on offer. Apartment 195 can create special exclusive cocktails. featuring vintage champagne and a rare Remy Martin Cognac.

Updated 06/07/2009

Item Description Price
Buzz Lightyear Matusalem Platino Rum, mango & guava juice, passionfruit & banana, with a touch of guarana £ 7.00
Berry Old Fashioned An Old Fashioned made with bourbon & berries in the style of a Caipirinha £ 7.00

Apartment 195 Hire Details

Apartment 195 is a ideally suited for a range of events. Offering two distinct areas; The Lounge Bar and The Salon, there is a space suited for every occasion.

Updated 06/07/2009

Name: The Lounge Bar
Type: Private Room
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 500
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 130
Notes: The Lounge bar is ideal for larger groups. This confortable and stylish lounge features damson walls and rosewood to set off the centrepiece burnished copper bar.

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