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Reunion (Bar, Hotel)

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The Grosvenor Hotel, 101 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 0SJ
Cuisine: Bar
Tel: 020 7895 2044 | Email to Reunion | | Transport: Victoria | Write review

Reunion Review

Best for: Long overdue catch ups with friends over gin in teacups.

Great: Clever and hospitable bar staff with a passion for concocting cocktails.

Ah, reunions. The Oxford English Dictionary (online) defines the word reunion as, “an instance of two or more people coming together again after a period of separation”. This certainly summed up the situation my friend, Lynsey, and myself experienced on a blustery Thursday night when we met after a looong (two month) separation, due to a nasty case of all work and no play (a modern ailment that effects most Londonites these days), at the Réunion Bar at The Grosvenor Hotel.

It was a setting fit for the occasion. As two young lasses polished up in posh frocks, we entered what was once a First Class lounge at Victoria train station. Both guests and venue had splashed out for the occasion. Collectively Lynsey and I had spent over £100 (it was payday the week before!) on new ankle boots and winter coats. The Grosvenor Hotel had spent £25 million on a makeover; £1.2 million of which was spent on the Réunion Bar and every detail proved it was money well spent.

With new bar manager, Nathan, at the helm, the cocktail list was in the process of a mixover on our visit. “New bar managers are like news chefs,” said Nathan. “They come in and change a menu.” I pity the next bar manager who has to step into Nathan’s shoes and try to create a drinks menu just as deliciously dazzling. Good luck!

Gin was the spirit of choice to begin with. While Lynsey glanced and ordered a cool Lychee and Elderflower Collins, the very kind, knowledgeable and oh-so beautiful bar staff recommended an Earl Grey Mar-tea-ni; who says afternoon tea has to be all cream and scones? Not the Réunion Bar, that’s for sure!

Other cocktails to briefly make an appearance included a zesty gin and lemon infusion called Clover Club, a multi-layered and multi-spirited Knicker Bocker, and the wacky Wahacan Garden made with the potent Del Maguey Mezcal tequila.

As well as gazing at our beautiful alcoholic concoctions before glugging them down - with as much sophistication as befits an erstwhile first class lounge – we espied our fellow drinkers around us. A mix of couples, friends and groups of after work chums were reclined and relaxed in soft armchairs that resembled those from the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

There were some guests we weren’t expecting, like Buzz Lightyear. He was propped up on the bar all alone (waiting for Woody perhaps?). On our right were two women contemplating whether to go to their ten-year high school reunion over chorizo balls while work colleagues reminisced on old office times over mini fishcakes.

So that the cocktails didn’t muddle our minds, Lynsey and I devoured a nibbler selection of croque monsieur fingers and bang bang chicken bites. Conversations led from the hotel décor in the film, The Shining, to what era we’d most like to time travel to (both of us said the roaring twenties). Along the way an in-depth debate on whether dating websites are good or bad, a lesson on how to eat an olive with decorum and an agreement that Mary Portas is one cool lady occurred over a coffee liquor cocktail.

Sad as it seems, all reunions must come to an end. All except one. The Réunion Bar is here to stay and will no doubt witness many meet ups from afternoon tea time to cocktail hour.
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Customer Reviews for Reunion

Average (based on 2 votes): 2 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Working in central London and I am constantly passing through London Victoria and often disappointed by what’s on offer on my way home from work with friends when we need a place to relax. Luckily for us we found Reunion Bar! One of London Victoria’s best kept secrets I was pleasantly surprised at the huge cocktail menu, decor, atmosphere and quality of the drinks that rivals most bars! It is fair to say that me and my friends have now found our new choice of bar. Going to go back as much as possible would definitely recommend!”
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Michael, London (6 years 6 months 10 days ago)

“It is always so hard to find somewhere great to have drinks in Victoria, until we stumbled across reunion. Being a very indecisive person I never know which coctail to choose and always go with a trusted cosmo, asked the barman for some inspiration and he mixed together his citrus version of this classic. It was one of the best cocktails I have ever tasted. The bar is very sexy with some fabulous big chairs that are great to sit and people watch from. I will be back!”
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Julia, London (6 years 6 months 10 days ago)

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Reunion Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 2:00am Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00am
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 2:00am Saturday: 3:00pm - 2:00am
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 2:00am Sunday: Closed
Thursday: 12:00pm - 2:00am    

Additional Information

Events and other great things going on at Reunion

Dec 7th – Chateau Musar gourmet wine dinner, 5 course dinner matched with various vintages of the Chateau Musar house. 8pm – 11pm
CM Rosé 2004, Per Et Fils RED 2002, RED 2003, RED 1997, WHITE 2003, Moziac WHITE 2009

Jan themed menu will be inspired by Resolutions & Temptations.
Jan 25th – Rum master class with Jim Wrigley showcasing Santa Teresa rums from Venezuela matched with chocolate. 7pm -9pm
Jan 31st – Perrier Jouet champagne gourmet dinner, details TBC.

Feb themed menu will be inspired by London Fashion week.
Feb 14th – Valentines singles night sponsored by U’Luvka Vodka
Feb 22nd – Vodka master class with Mark Holmes showcasing U’Luvka vodka and matched against other Eastern style vodkas. 7pm – 9pm
Feb 29th – Vodka master class with Ben Reed showcasing Czech Babicka wormwood vodka & Pleurat Shabani showcasing Poland’s Koniks Tail vodka. 7pm – 9pm

Updated 02/12/2011

Reunion Hire Details

Name: Bar
Type: Entire Venue
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 150
Notes: Chic and Glamourous, be it a celebration with friends, the ultimate office party or a launch of a new product, we have an exciting mix of design, location, food and of course perfectly mixed cocktails

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