By Jennifer T.
During our recent holiday in London, we relaxed with friends Fiona and Pablo (from the UK), at The American Bar inside the historic Stafford Hotel in the West End. It's a quirky, old money, boys' club type of place, and we loved it. The cocktails are unique - The White Mouse, Stafford's Garden & Spitfire -- all named after a special London Stafford story. Be sure to ask when you place your order.
The bar was re-named The American Bar in the 1930's to attract visitors from the States. We heard that it was where American soldiers congregated during the war.
The story also goes that the walls of the bar were once so bare that a guest gave the head barman a carving of an American eagle. And this was soon followed by an Eskimo, and then a Kangaroo (gifted by an Australian). Today, every wall and surface is crammed with photos and mementos donated over the years, including us.