Recession or not, there’s still space for champagne and this tutored tasting over dinner is a bargain.

Situated in a cobbled courtyard a stone’s throw from New Bond Street, this boutique bar & restaurant has become something of a Mayfair institution. Spread across four stylishly decorated floors, the venue can accommodate a wide range of events, including press conferences, canapé receptions & dinner parties, with late night dancing in a glamorous basement lounge. At the top of the building is stunning private room that seats 28 guests, surrounded by an antique map of the world with tall, beamed ceilings, while the sleek restaurant on the first floor can be booked exclusively for groups between 40 to 70 people. The ground floor cocktail bar, like the lounge, can take 150.