Bar Watch: Hennessy M Den, London

This secret hideaway is well worth tracking down

Since city restaurant M opened on Threadneedle Street last December, it has quickly become one of the area's destination hangouts.

Two restaurants, a cocktail bar, private dining rooms and a wine-tasting bar make up the 15,000 square foot venue, which is the first solo project of Gaucho's former Managing Director, Martin Williams.

It even features a line of ‘bottle lockers’ enabling guests who buy bottles of dark spirits to store and return to them at their own leisure.

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What guests may not have been aware of is that the venue also features a secret bar – the invite-only Hennessy M Den – which specialises in dark cocktails and Cognac flights from its own dedicated bar and features a wide range of drinks and entertainment.

The secret den, limited to a maximum of 12 people, contains a variety of distractions to occupy guests, including Bang and Olufsen gadgets, a Bonzini football table, poker cards and an obligatory humidor.

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The drinks menu is built around creative uses of Hennessy cognac – try the Viscount Chandos which mixes Hennessy Fine de cognac, Pinot Noir, Evangelista Ratafia, White Grapefruit, Whisky Bitter and Cinnamon Syrup.

Now all you need is an invitation.

2-3 Threadneedle, 60 Threadneedle Street, London, EC2 8HP; mrestaurants.co.uk

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