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London’s ‘Mad Men’-style venues fit for Don Draper himself

Posted at 10:30 am, April 13, 2014 in Food & Drink, Music & Nightlife

With the latest and final series of ‘Mad Men’ about to get underway, we’re clinging on to our old fashioned in the hope it’ll dull the pain of waving goodbye to the Sterling Cooper gang. We asked Hire Space venue expert Laura Richards to share with us a few of London’s most stylish places to live it up like Don Draper himself before it’s all over… much like our old fashioned will be shortly. Sniff.

‘We reckon Don Draper would get along famously with Looking Glass Cocktail Club, a venue where the ad man’s imagination would have space to run wild. Just look at the fairy tale details, including a mirror you can literally walk through.

‘Having said that, he’d probably be comfortable in a more traditional environment – he’s a bit of a stick in the mud, these days – the kind found in private members’ clubs like Blacks in Soho. Here he could knock back drinks in peace and quiet whenever the office sofa just didn’t cut the mustard.


‘Realistically, though, Don likes a place where he can mingle with the female of the species. Perhaps Dukes would work well for him, the classy hotel bar Ian Fleming used to frequent and where he often wrote his James Bond novels. If it’s good enough for fellow ladies’ man Bond, it’s good enough for Don – although you’re more likely to find the super spy’s martini at the bar, as opposed to the ad man’s old fashioned.

‘Speaking of Fleming, how about Flemings? This equally distinguished Mayfair hotel would make the ideal spot for Mr Draper’s late-night liaisons, thanks to its low, romantic lighting – the sly old fox.

‘From one fox to another… of the silver variety. Roger Sterling is often an accomplice on some late-night mischief-making, and him and Draper will often start off the night knocking back oysters. Where better than the J Sheeky Oyster Bar. Let’s just hope there are no flights of stairs for the pair to tackle on the way out.

‘Should the sharp duo be schmoozing clients instead, they’d probably choose Searcys One New Change – a bar with one of the largest Champagne lists in Europe – or Beaufort House’s stunning Penthouse Champagne Bar, geared towards a sophisticated Chelsea crowd.

‘Or for the racier of customers, a modern-day Don Draper might head to Kitsch. Russian oligarchs have been spotted racking up large bills here, so we reckon he’d be in pretty good company.


‘Finally, when Don really loosens his tie, we see him jetting off to some exotic destinations. Who better to get him there than Pan Am airlines, currently stationed at London’s Disco nightclub. A glam Pan Am stewardess and check-in desk is the first sight you’ll see upon entering the Studio 54-styled club. And once he’s boarded that flight, it’s destination: Hawaii.

‘If you don’t have the Sterling Cooper & Partners budget, how about a trip to Kanaloa instead. The tiki-themed party bar truly captures the Hawaiian spirit that had our dear Don on a high.

‘And with that, it’s with a heavy heart and an empty glass that we bid adieu to ‘Mad Men’ in the only way we know how… propping up the aforementioned!’

For more ‘Mad Men’ inspired venues, head to hirespace.com. Oh and here’s London’s best whisky bars to get your old fashioned fix. 

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