KWANT MAYFAIR

London, UK

A DECADENT POLYNESIAN-STYLE COCKTAIL BAR IN THE HEART
OF MAYFAIR WITH TRULY STAND-OUT DRINKS AND SERVICE.

52 Stratton Street, London, W1J 8LN, UK

www.kwantmayfair.com
@kwantmayfaire

No reservations
Walk-ins only

AREAS OF EXCELLENCE

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ENVIRONMENTAL ENDEAVOURS

Kwant grows its own garnishes using an Evogro system to
minimise wastage and promote sustainability.
They work with Natoora to support small growers where
possible and only use eco friendly cleaning products.

DETAILS OF NOTE

Their vintage spirits collection includes bottles from 1903
and the custom-made tables for two double as chess
boards.

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Kwant in Mayfair by Erik Lorincz is his second site of the same name – in a new address following a very successful tenure in another part of town. With 14 meters of hand-painted Polynesian mural, a Webber cane ceiling, palm trees and hand-made yellow sofas this is a bar to settle in and enjoy their carefully crafted cocktails. The custom-built island bar has high stools all around and even one behind the bar facing the room for a very special seat at the bar. However it wasn’t just built with the guest in mind – the ergonomics were perfectly crafted to be comfortable for the bar team too – to minimise the impact on their backs.

The staff here are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their craft. There’s no hierarchy within Kwant so all team members hold the same position within the company and all tasks are evenly distributed. Career progression and support is important here with regular one-on-one meetings with the owner to ensure each member of the team feels confident and secure in their role.

The cocktails are incredibly creative with a huge amount of emphasis on seasonal ingredients (sourced from Natoora) plus homemade creations. They especially pride themselves on their langoustine distillate and their marmite distillate – which are both made in-house and form the basis of two of their cocktails. 

Garnishes are kept to a minimum as it is the flavour of the liquid that really takes centre stage, however the tiny leaves that do adorn some of the cocktails are grown on the premises in a micro herb garden which minimises waste. Glassware is Japanese – minimal and fine – and they use an exclusive range from Kimura. Coupled with their perfectly clear ice spheres – cocktails here are very beautiful. There’s also a welcome drink (hot or cold depending on the time of year you visit) which gives an immediate sense of care and hospitality to all who arrive. 


A partnership with chef Joni Ketonen has resulted in some very fine bar food – inspired no doubt from Ketonen’s time in a Mchlin starred kitchen. Again the ethos is to champion small, local producers – minimising waste but maximising flavour.

Vintage spirits and Champagne are a big part of the offering here and the oldest bottle dates back to 1903. The cabinet that these are stored in sits proudly in the centre of the room, encouraging guests to try something truly special.

The atmosphere in the room changes as the evening goes on as the huge windows allow the sunlight to stream through in the late afternoon but as the Venetian blinds close out the evening, the tempo really steps up, with an acid house soundtrack that suits the room perfectly. The custom-made lighting system allows the bar team ultimate control over the ambience – meaning it’s always a very flattering light. The bathrooms are dark and decadent and perfectly in keeping with the rest of the space – where the huge birds eye mirrors ever so slightly distort your reflection. 

When it’s time to pay the bill – the staff could not be more helpful if you’re looking for a recommendation of where to try next and have created their own London bar guide for those that would like. 

It is clear to see the care and attention to detail - even in the window blinds which perfectly refract the sunlight in the late afternoon.

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