New Bars in London – Autumn 2012

Looking for somewhere new to enjoy a cocktail in London? Read on for our guide to London’s new bars opening this autumn. You may also want to read our guide to London’s best cocktail bars, which includes our old favourites.

Ling Ling at Hakkasan Hanway Place

The original Hakkasan, located at 8 Hanway Place, will launch their new bar ‘Ling Ling’ on Thursday 1st November.  Every week from Thursday to Saturday inclusive, at approximately 11pm until 2.30am, Hakkasan Hanway Place will move from a restaurant into a late night lounge.

Hakkasan Hanway Place

High profile DJs will play monthly and the full dining menu will be available until 12.30am and guests can choose from a signature Ling Ling menu of small eats and dim sum from 11pm until 1.30am.

Buddha-Bar London, Knightsbridge

Buddha-Bar comes to London’s Knightsbridge from 1 November. First established in Paris in 1996, Buddha-Bar London ‘will blend Far Eastern cuisine with Western tastes and influences’ offering a menu with Chinese, Japanese, Thai and other Eastern flavours. Buddha-Bar London is set over two floors with an excellent cocktail list and live DJs.

Reverend JW Simpson, Fitzrovia

From the people behind Bourne & Hollingsworth, Reverend JW Simpson is a new cocktail bar opening on Goodge Street in late October 2012. An intimate space with the cocktail list focusing on Fizzes, Flips, Cobblers, Smashes and Sours, the drinks are mixed and served at the table.

The bar retains the original room dividers, wall coverings, flooring and tiles of the apartment that originally occupied the site, subtly exposing the former building’s kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom. The bar will launch officially on the 25th October.

Baroque, Mayfair

The latest venture from nightlife entrepreneur Gerry Calabrese, Baroque is located on the ground floor of the Playboy Club on Old Park Lane and claims to have the most extensive vintage Champagne list in Europe!

Baroque London

Having undergone an extensive refurbishment, the venue has been transformed into a sumptuous space with lavish colours, heavy drapes, Louis XIV chairs and antique mirrors. Baroque opens on 4 October.

2 & 8 Club at Morton’s, Mayfair

Morton’s Club has relaunched its nightclub as the 2 & 8 Club, with Jake Parkinson-Smith and Carlo Carello, previously at Boujis, in charge. The club is open until 3am from Tuesday to Saturday.

Bounce, Holborn

Hot on the heels of Ping, which opened late summer 2012, Bounce is a new ping pong bar and restaurant from one of the co-founders of bowling venue All Star Lanes. Bounce will offer a mix of ‘table tennis, cocktails, dining and eclectic beats’.

Bounce London

There is also a private room available for exclusive hire featuring three specially commissioned ping pong tables alongside a private cocktail bar and DJ booth.

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Emyr is the founder of Bon Vivant's concierge service and one of the main contributors to the luxury lifestyle and travel blog. Emyr has always had a passion for travel, dining out and trying new places, and you can be sure that if there’s a new restaurant or hotel opening, he’s there at the bar with a glass of champagne.

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