For a great exotic getaway, descend to the lower level of the London Hilton on Park Lane and discover the wonderful world of Trader Vic’s, which will transport you to a tropical escape.
A voyage to Trader Vic’s will bring to you a magnificent array of delights and entertainment; be it from our boathouse bar concoctions and specialties or our restaurant delicacies.
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Trader Vic's started in 1934, when Victor Jules Bergeron, with a nest egg of $700 and carpentry help from his wife's brothers - plus his mother's pot-bellied stove and oven -built a cozy pub across the street from his father's store and called it Hinky Dink's.
His pungent vocabulary and ribald air made him a popular host, as did his potent tropical cocktail concoctions and delicious Americanized adaptations of Polynesian food, and Trader Vic's soon became one of the most popular watering holes in Northern California's Bay Area, attracting sophisticated urbanites like writers Herb Caen and Lucius Beebe.
The Trader eventually opened 25 Polynesian-style restaurants around the world, of which our very own London bar is one.
Staying true to Trader Vic's ethos, the London bar adds a welcome beacon of tropical sunshine to the dark London underground.
Trader Vic's is the legendary cocktail bar and restaurant for tropically minded urbanites. A mood lagoon tucked away beneath the London Hilton on Park Lane, it is the home of the Mai Tai and sets the standard for Island cuisine.
"Trader Vic's is a rare breed indeed: a heavily themed restaurant that's actually worth visiting. The theme here is South Pacific, played out by cheerful staff in colourful costumes & an eccentric decor involving acres of bamboo, tropical plants & canoes suspended from the ceiling. Check out the Tiki room for atmospheric private parties."
"This cheerily Americo-Polynesian theme bar never fails to amuse, especially after a couple of good-value atomic cocktails (£7). It claims to be 'home of the Mai Tai', but it's also worth trying the Samoan Fog Cutter, served in an absurd ceramic vase."
"Decked out as a Tahitian beach hut right here on Park Lane, with flower-print waitresses plying willing clientele with the best Mai Tai's ever mixed. This is the right place for relaxed business lunches, informal dinner, or romantic meals at any time."
"Soak up the South Pacific experience in this Tahitian-inspired bar that offers a taste of Island cuisine and an extensive tropical drinks menu, many created by the original Trader Vic himself. Reclining with a signature Mai-Tai, you can almost feel the Hawaii 5-0 style boats suspended from the ceiling start to sway."
"Trader Vic's, situated at the London Hilton, offers a tropical experience in the heart of bustling Park Lane. The menu is a harmonious balance of French, Oriental and American cuisine that brings out the best in seafood, meats and vegetables. Once inside, you immediately feel like you are on a Polynesian holiday. The friendly staff greet you in exotic uniforms, while the lush decor sweeps you away from the daily havoc of London's busy traffic and rain onto an island hideaway. Tropical spirits aside, the legendary cocktails are enough to revitalise even the most dispirited soul. The Mai Tai, touted as "the best-ever" is a delight and will have you coming back for more."
"Trader Vic's is the bar to visit in London. Serving up Tiki/Polynesian drinks and food since 1963, Trader Vic's is the best place in the UK for Tiki refreshments in my opinion. The decor at Trader Vic's hits you as soon as you walk through the door - glass fishing floats, puffer fish, carved tikis, an outrigger canoe - you could spend all night just looking at this. The drinks are fantastic. Try the Mai Tai or Somoan Fogcutter. There's a long list of delicious cocktails for all tastes at Trader Vic's. The food in the restaurant itself is slightly pricey but well worth it. Delicious food and even better service."