London’s Best Cocktail Bars

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From award-winning mixologists to underground speakeasies, get your pre-dinner or post-theatre game right at London’s best cocktail bars.

 

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This gin and cocktail bar, located at the end of Bermondsey Street, is summed up perfectly by their motto: “Homemade Tonic. No Pretense.” Whilst they’re famed for the former, the latter is also completely true. Tip: Order freshly made pasta and risotto from the Antico Restaurant above.

Cocktails around £10

 

American Bar at the Savoy
Strand, Savoy Way, WC2R 0EU

Opened August 1889 and steeped in history, the American Bar at the Savoy is legendary. Former guests include the likes of Winston Churchill and Marilyn Monroe. Tip: Order the award-winning Maid in Cuba cocktail – Bacardi, lime juice, mint and cucumber – created by their very own Tom Walker.

Cocktails from £15

 

Artesian Bar at the Langham
1C Portland Place, W1B 1JA

Named after the 360ft-deep artesian well beneath the Langham itself, this “World’s Best Bar” (according to Drinks International) lives up to its accolades. Order from their Unfolding and Exploring menu – an innovative list of drinks full of the unexpected.

Cocktails from £8.50

 

Callooh Callay
65 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY

Tumble down the rabbit hole with this Shoreditch bar, awarded “World’s Best Cocktail List” in 2012. Inspired by Lewis Carroll, the cocktails are excellent and full of quirks. Don’t leave without ordering a side of beer battered chips. Tip: Find out what’s behind the wardrobe door – you won’t be disappointed.

Cocktails from £8.50

 

Christopher’s Martini Bar
18 Wellington Street, WC2E 7DD

This drinking parlour in Covent Garden serves up some pretty ingenious cocktails – take the Nutella Martini, for starters. Once you’re done, they’ll happily transfer your tab to the Dining Room (a favourite with Pixie Lott). With views across Waterloo Bridge and impeccable service, this place is hard to leave.

Cocktails from £9

 

Connaught Bar
The Connaught, Carlos Place, W1K 2AL

With a specially designed – and equally famous – Martini Trolley, the Connaught Bar is a Mayfair favourite. Give your Martini a twist with extracts like lavender, coriander, and ginger whilst snacking on a selection of canapés by two Michelin starred chef, Hélène Darroze.

Cocktails from £12

 

The Booking Office
St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Rd, NW1 2AR

Inside the wonderfully restored St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel sits the Booking Office Bar. Sip on cocktails inspired by lost recipes from the Victorian era and admire the cathedral-like interiors from their 29m-long bar.

Cocktails from £9

 

The Nightjar
129 City Rd, EC1V 1JB

A hidden gem near Old Street, the menu at Nightjar is divided into historical periods: pre-prohibition, Prohibition and post-war drinks. These guys are dedicated to bringing you topnotch cocktails whilst you enjoy live performances of old school jazz n’ blues. Tip: Book in advance, even on weeknights.

Cocktails from £10

 

Il Bar at the Bulgari
171 Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW

This bar is contemporary, luxurious and every bit enticing – you’d expect nothing less from a Bulgari-owned oasis in Knightsbridge. Tip: Don’t forget to check out the Cigar Shop on your way out – all sourced from Edward Sahakian’s private collection of rare and vintage cigars.

Cocktails from £15

 

Rivoli Bar at the Ritz
150 Piccadilly, W1J 9BR

“A gorgeous little jewel box” complete with gilded ceiling domes and immaculately dressed bartenders. The Rivoli Bar is intimate but full of grandeur. The bar menu is stocked with vintage bottles of Champagne and Beluga Gold Caviar (naturally), although we may be more inclined to order their Soufflé of the Day.

All Cocktails £19

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