London’s Best New Cocktail Bars – 2012

London saw some excellent openings during 2012, with another handful of great bars we’re sure will stand the test of time and become must-visits in the capital. Read on for our guide to the best new bars in London.

Oskar’s Bar at Dabbous

Dabbous is the brain child of chef Oliver Dabbous and bartender Oskar Kinsburg. It may take months to get a reservation in the restaurant upstairs, but take note, Oskar’s bar in the basement is rarely full – a hidden gem.

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Industrial in style, the bar is beautifully decked out, if a little dark. The menu consists of classic cocktails and Oskar’s own inventions, including some beer based libations that we would definitely recommend trying.

The bar snacks are (unsurprisingly) second to none, mirroring some of the courses on the menu upstairs, making Oskar’s Bar one of the best new bars in London.

39 Whitfield Street W1T 2SF

London Cocktail Club

The first of our 2012 predictions to come true was the opening of a naval themed London Cocktail Club. The second LCC (third venue if you include Covent Garden Cocktail Club) JJ and James have brought their signature laid back atmosphere and feel good cocktails to Bloomsbury.

Rum is the name of the game here, with pin up girls and tattoo designs on the wall. The cocktails follow the same formula as the other venues, with all time classics alongside signature twists and bar snacks designed to complement your drinks perfectly. Go for banging drinks and a great party atmosphere at one of the best new bars in London.

224a Shaftesbury Avenue WC2H 8EB

Evans and Peel

Evans and Peel proved that, despite predictions otherwise, London’s appetite for speakeasy bars remained strong. This time entry comes via a detective agency, with a resident detective who will need to consider your case before allowing you in.

Evans & Peel Detective Agency

With a sweet little cocktail menu including infusions and an antique radiator that dispenses beer, expect unusual twists along the way.

310c Earl’s Court Road SW5 9AQ


Indulge your competitive side by combining your cocktails with a side of ping pong at Bounce. With history on its side (the venue sits on the same site where the game was created in 1901) they’ve gone all out, with multiple ping pong tables including one used in the 2012 Olympics.

The bar, homage to a gin palace, stocks a range of spirits, with a short but concise cocktail list.

121 Holborn EC1N 2TD

Beard to Tail

The long awaited second venue from Callooh Callay came with a distinctly foodie twist. As the name suggests, the menu features all kinds of unusual cuts of meat from pig and cow. The drinks offering has a strong American influence with craft beers and lots of bourbon so expect to find juleps, Manhattans and sazeracs.

Their brunches are well worth a look, if just for their amazing bloody mary, served with a side of crackling at one of the best new bars in London.

77 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3BS

Duck and Waffle / SushiSamba

If you love your cocktails with a side of epic view, Duck and Waffle and SushiSamba are for you. Gaze over London from either of the bars which sit at the top of the Heron Tower, just one super fast lift ride away. Part of the same venue but split over multiple floors each restaurant and bar has its own personality.

duck & waffle

Duck & Waffle sits up top, with an inside out bar of sorts, where you can stand alongside the bartender as they craft your drinks. SushiSamba sits beneath and has a stunning roof terrace framed around a beautiful tree, making it one of the best new bars in London.

Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY

Bar Americain

It isn’t a speakeasy but Bar Americain at Brasserie Zedel oozes 1930s glamour – think Babette’s Supper Club from Boardwalk Empire. The cocktails keep to theme, with classics such as Sazeracs and Martinis on offer.

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Visually stunning, although sometimes lacking a little in atmosphere, definitely pull up a bar stool when you visit.

Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street, City of Westminster, W1F 7ED

2013 Predictions…

Looking to 2013, keep an eye out for the bar in the shard, sure to rival the heron tower for their views, expect multiple new openings from LCC as the boys build on their empire, and watch out for a potential new bar from Dabbous…

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Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour

Opium dens were prevalent in many parts of the world in the 19th century, but stepping away from the late 19th century and into December 2012 we can associate an ‘Opium Den’ with a lot less Morphine and a lot more delectable oriental-inspired liquid creations designed to provide a unique sensory experience once you step through the jade door at the Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour.

Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour is the newest kid on the Gerrard St block, nestled appropriately amongst the hustle and bustle of Chinatown, and the sights and smells that make this little part of London one of the most vibrant.

Opium cocktail bar and dim sum parlour

Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour features nooks and crannies spread over three floors, with all spaces lending themselves to a different feel – relaxed lounge style seating, an intimate boudoir drinking den for a close crowd, and open plan bars to spread out and escape the intensity of central London, each one providing a feast of flexible drinking and dining experiences.

When I got the opportunity to step into this lush hub of oriental eclecticism last week, I was taken aback by the vast contrast of standing on Gerrard St, then stepping into the dimly-lit, cavernous surrounds of Opium – it provided some respite from the noise outside, and offered the soft mumblings of friendly chatter inside.

I was positioned at the bartenders’ table, where you can watch the masters at work, mixing up luxurious cocktails.  It is really a bit magical – wielding apothecary-style bottles instead of wands, and serving up mysterious potions to satisfy even the most hardened cocktail connoisseur.

Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour’s mixologist Dre Masso is the brains behind the stellar line-up of unique cocktails on offer at Opium, and going one step further, he has orchestrated a Cocktail and Dim Sum Pairing- matching his signature drinks to the selection of dim sum and roast meats that make up Opium’s fare.

Through a hint of science and a healthy amount of intuition, each pairing creates a taste sensation greater than the sum of its parts.

Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour

I tried a couple of cocktails whilst I was there – the house special, Opium Cocktail No 1, which contains two types of rum, absinthe, mandarin juice, lime juice, kaffir lime juice, kaffir lime syrup, citrus bitters and a ginseng capsule.

It is served bubbling in an interesting drinking apparatus – the perfect blend of theatre, alcohol and perfectly balanced flavours.  A must have for the first visit but note the limit of two per person.  Something about being told that made me want to have three.

Now enter Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour’s Kung Fu Fiz (pictured above), a dinky china cup packed full of flavour that you are convinced will not work, but it does. It works. It works very well.  Champagne, parsnip puree, honey and malt vinegar, served straight up. The parsnip drew me in, and the sweet honey kept me there.

The Scallop, coriander and pea dumplings, pork and prawn dumplings and a couple of cheeky Chinese egg tarts topped off the Opium experience, and puts a much more appealing spin on the trusty ‘dinner and drinks’ combo.  Give me opulent Opium Den chic any day.

Address: Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour, 15-16 Gerrard Street, W1

If you like cocktails, read our guide to London’s best cocktail bars.

Courtney Smith works in the world of consumer PR by day with a passion for food, travel, whisky and all things alcohol related. Hailing from Australia, she travels as often as she can, writing about accommodation, dining and drinking experiences as she goes.

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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The Hawksmoor Bar

The new bar in the basement of the original Hawksmoor Spitalfields on Commercial Street is a very fashionable and glamorous affair. A dodgy strip club was first turned into a fruit store and this spring has been reborn as a beautiful 60-cover bar, The Hawksmoor Bar.

The Hawksmoor Bar

At The Hawksmoor Bar, polished brass walls are made from the Art Deco lift doors that previously adorned the 1920s Unilever Building in Embankment. The blue-patterned mirrors and teak parquet floor have also been salvaged from the same place.

The walls of the three cosy alcoves are covered with turquoise tiles and made to an original Art Nouveau pattern, while the ceiling of the alcoves, along with the bar top, are clad in copper.

The Hawksmoor Bar is dark, mysterious and funky – quite different from the more official and grown-up steak restaurant upstairs. The prices are also lower down below.

First we tucked into a fabulous Cheeseburger (£8.50) and chips (£4), followed by the Shortrib Nuggets (£6) – so good we ordered another portion without blinking an eye. The waiter confirmed the nuggets were the best seller and seemed to totally understand our unmasked gluttony.

The spiciness of the Tamworth Laab – minced pork with Thai spices that you wrap in lettuce leaves – (£6) cut through the richness of the beef and the nuggets and Jalapeño Coleslaw (£4) added some extra exciting flavours to our feast.

Hawksmoor Bar

“Eureka!” we had our discovery moment when tasting the cocktail of the same name – Calvados, Sloe Gin & Lime (£8.50) and in order to prepare for the day ahead of us gulped down a couple of glasses of The Morning Glory Fizz – Scotch, Absinthe, Lemon & Soda (£9).

The Hawksmoor bar is an excellent cocktail bar with a food offering to match, as you’d expect from one of London’s best steakhouses.

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The Best Speakeasy Bars in London and Beyond

Trends come and go, but Speakeasy bars has shown some staying power over recent years. Read our guide to the best speakeasy bars in London and beyond – just remember the password, code or secret handshake.

The Lucky Pig, Fitzrovia

The most recent addition to London’s speakeasy bar scene is The Lucky Pig, hidden away on a lower ground floor in an inconspicuous part of Fitzrovia.

The Lucky Pig is named after the gangster Lucky Luciano, who supplied alcohol to the illegal drinking dens in the United States during Prohibition.

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The Lucky Pig offers a mix of classic drinks and experimental cocktails, including ‘Hedgerow Sling’ (Sipsmith Gin, Sipsmith Sloe Gin, lemon, sugar and soda), ‘Strawberry Jive’ (Bloom Gin, lemon juice, orange juice, mint, strawberries & basil) and the fantastic ‘Southside Royal’ (Bombay Sapphire Gin, lime, mint and cucumber, topped with Champagne).

69 Colebrooke Row, Islington

The classy and bijou 69 Colebrooke Row has caused quite a stir on London’s cocktail scene over the last few years.

The owner, Tony Conigliaro, who perfected his craft at the Shochu Lounge at Roka, is described as a molecular mixologist, and nobody can argue with his take on the classic cocktail, which are also well priced for London.

69 Colebrooke Row is one of the best Speakeasy bars in London.

Callooh Callay, Shoreditch

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Callooh Callay is a Speakeasy bar with an imaginative cocktail menu featuring old favourites and classics in an eclectic space that is as quirky and nonsensical as the Lewis Carroll poem from which it takes its name.

Through a Narnia-esque wardrobe, you are taken to the Jubjub bar, an intimate little room that’s perfect for an intimate party in true speakeasy bars style.

Nightjar, Old Street

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Nightjar is a beautiful speakeasy bar hidden away in a basement in Old Street that’s dark and sexy. The cocktails are the real attraction, but the live jazz on selected evenings makes a perfect partner.

Barts, Chelsea

It may take a while to find (what else would you expect from speakeasy bars?) but Barts is worth the effort, discreetly hidden in the lobby of a block of apartments on Sloane Avenue. Once you have found the entrance, an intimate world of decadence awaits in true 1920s style.

PDT (Please Don’t Tell), New York

Recently voted Number 1 in Drinks International’s World’s 50 best bars list, you enter PDT through a phone booth inside Crif Dogs, a hot dog restaurant in the East Village.

While it’s not so secret any more, it’s still worth a visit for one of their signature drinks, the Old Fashioned with bacon-infused bourbon with maple syrup. PDT is one of the best Speakeasy bars in New York.

Prescription Cocktail Club, Paris

Situated in St Germain on the Left Bank, the Prescription Cocktail Club is a dimly lit space split over two levels with a spiral staircase, dangling bowler hat lights and worn leather chairs.

Make your way past the bouncer through the velvet curtains and an excellent cocktail list will greet you at one of the best speakeasy bars in Paris.

Milk & Honey, London and New York

A part of the Rushmore Group of members’ club and bars, Milk & Honey has outposts in London and New York and arguably started the trend for speakeasy bars back in the early 2000s.

Non-members can access the London club with a reservation, but New York can be a little more elusive. Expect excellent cocktails, for sure.

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Fashion Cocktails at the Light Bar

By Vilma Darling

The Light Bar in London’s St. Martins Lane Hotel has launched a new selection of Front Row cocktails in celebration of London Fashion Week. The glamorous event will begin this Friday in the nearby Somerset House, and so the bar hopes to lure fashionistas with some refreshing drinks.

The Front Row cocktail list caters to the weight conscious fashion crowd and is light on calories. For example, the Long Legged Londoner is made with Bombay Sapphire gin, rose syrup, pink clove cordial, fresh lemon juice and soda.

The Light Bar

My favourite, the $10,000 Breakfast (Wyborowa vodka infused with Jasmine and clove, shaken with creme de peche, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white), was pleasantly sour and very refreshing.

The St Martins Lane sister hotel, Sanderson, has also developed a new line of Skinny Cocktails inspired by Fashion Week. Six lightly crafted cocktails are made of the freshest ingredients that apparently won’t stick to your waistline.

Try the Scarlet Martini – Wyborowa vodka shaken with fresh strawberries and cucumber honey water and finished with pomegranate juice (135 calories) – or the Mexicana – Jose Cuervo Tradicional shaken with green grapes, apple puree, apple juice and elderflower cordial (150 calories).

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Bar 45 at 45 Park Lane – London Bar Guide

Bar 45 is housed in The Dorchester Collection’s new hotel in Mayfair, 45 Park Lane. The bar features a long, black granite bar with an autumnal amber and red colour scheme throughout.

The cocktail menu at Bar 45 includes speciality infused vodka and gin creations, and I can personally recommend ‘Pepito’s Revenge’, which is made from tequila and lime with an overriding basil flavour, and the Umami Cocktail, although impossible to accurately describe, is certainly worth a try!

Bar 45 also features the largest selection of American wines in the United Kingdom, and there is a menu of ‘Rough CUTS’ by Wolfgang Puck from Cut at 45 Park Lane, which includes Mini Kobe Sliders and House Smoked Pastrami Reuben Sandwiches.

Bar 45 at 45 Park LaneThere is also a lovely lounge area where guests can recline in comfort, making Bar 45 a great addition to London’s hotel bar scene.

Bar 45 at 45 Park LaneBar 45 is open until 12:30 am, but remains open until 3am for residents of the hotel and guests dining at CUT at 45 Park Lane.

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London Cocktail Week – from 7 October 2011

London Cocktail Week, which runs from Friday 7th to Sunday 16th October 2011, is an opportunity for discerning drinkers to taste different cocktails, visit bars they’ve never heard of and maybe even try their hand at cocktail making too.

The main event – the Cocktail Tours – this year incorporates more than 100 bars, which will each serve a bespoke drink, available for just £4, to those who have registered to be part of the festival. Register for a free wristband at before September 10.

The organisers are also providing Routemaster buses for free transportation around the capital – dropping you at the doorstep of some of the bars on the list. There will also be daily master classes, pop-up events and parties to enjoy – all of which are available to book through

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Whether your drink of choice is a martini, a mojito or a negroni, read our suggestions for the best cocktail bars in London.

Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London

The latest addition to London’s hotel bar scene, the bar at Rosewood London feel welcoming, homely and utterly stylish. With an open fire and book shelves as walls, it’s a bar that you could return to night after night.

Rosewood London Bar

Take a seat in one of the wing-back chairs, on the seats in front of the fire or on the rocking chair and enjoy a great cocktail list while listening to a live music performance that creates an enchanting evening.

The Gilbert Scott

With ornately painted ceilings and stunning bell chandeliers you are instantly swept up in the grandeur of the space. The Gilbert Scott bar is absolutely gorgeous and has some wonderful concoctions for you to try.

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The bar offers all day dining, from breakfast and brunch to afternoon tea and late night snacks, and the bacon flavoured popcorn is divine!

The Zetter Townhouse

The venue is designed around ‘Aunt Wilhelmina’, a crazy old aunt whose trinkets and artefacts from her global travels make the Zetter the most unusual venue I’ve been to in a long time. The cocktail menu is short but perfectly formed.

Each cocktail is the result of a specific concept, and is the product of multiple experiments a lab to get the final libation just right. Expect unusual ingredients, and the influence of many different techniques and fields, making The Zetter Townhouse a contender for one of the best cocktail bars in London.

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The bar is open until midnight from Sunday to Wednesday; until 1am Thursday to Saturday. It is based in the Zetter Townhouse hotel with its quirky rooms so you can check-in upstairs if you’ve had too many cocktails!

The Hawksmoor Bar

The new Hawksmoor Bar in the basement of the original Hawksmoor Spitalfields on Commercial Street is a very fashionable and glamorous affair. A strip club was first turned into a fruit store and this spring has been reborn as a beautiful 60-cover bar.

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The bar is dark, mysterious and funky with an excellent food offering to match, as you’d expect from one of London’s best steakhouses.

City Social London, The City

Serving cocktails inspired by the prohibition era, the Art Deco City Social Bar is the new bar on the 24th floor of Tower 42 in The City.

City social bar at Tower 42

The cocktail menu includes fun concoctions such as the Pea-lini (salted pea cordial, spearmint, Butterfly absinthe, citric acid, prosecco, and British summer) and Pretty Fly For A Mai Tai (Trois Rivieres Agricole, Flor de Cana Silver dry, clear almond, crystal citrus, dry curacao, tiki overkill, silver service and ice rocks).

The Pea-Lini cocktail at City Social Bar

I tried a selection of small plates from the bar menu, including goat’s cheese churros with London truffle honey; baby Cornish squid with green chili and lime salt; and a Ploughman’s basket – Scotch egg, salt beef, Isle of Mull cheddar, served in a traditional straw hamper.

Visit for the cocktails, weekend live jazz sessions or just to enjoy that stunning view.

Callooh Callay

Callooh Callay has an imaginative cocktail menu featuring old favourites and classics in an eclectic space that is as quirky and nonsensical as the Lewis Carroll poem from which it takes its name.

Through a Narnia-esque wardrobe, you are taken to the Jubjub bar, an intimate little room that’s perfect for an intimate party at one of the best cocktail bars in London.

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69 Colebrooke Row

The classy and bijou 69 Colebrooke Row has caused quite a stir on London’s cocktail scene over the last year.

The owner, Tony Conigliaro, who perfected his craft at the Shochu Lounge at Roka, is described as a molecular mixologist, and nobody can argue with his take on the classic cocktail, which are well priced at one of the best cocktail bars in London.

Purl, Marylebone

For innovative creations and interesting twists on classic cocktails, head to Purl in Marylebone and marvel at the use of foams, fogs, airs and liquid nitrogen. A real theatrical performance, an evening at Purl is about far more than the excellent cocktails.

Montgomery Place

Montgomery Place is small, intimate, mature and sophisticated. Inspired by the Rat Pack era, cocktails are served against a backdrop of black & white photography, in a relaxed setting, with staff who know their cocktails.

The Connaught Hotel

The Connaught hotel features two of London’s best cocktail bars that are ideal for very different occasions. The warmth and intimacy of the Coburg Bar make it a wonderful place to relax after a day at the office or shopping and certainly one of our best cocktail bars in London.

The design and the cocktails at the Connaught Bar, with its marble, dark leather and metal Art Deco detailing, are perfect for an upbeat glamorous evening with friends. We highly recommend one of their signature Martinis.

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Mark’s Bar at Hix

Mark’s Bar is located in the basement of Mark Hix’s latest venture in Soho, serving some great cocktails from renowned mixologist, Nick Strangeway.

The bar has a warm, clubby and retro feel with its low zinc bar, tin panels and bar billiards table, which is fast becoming Soho’s most popular venue. There is now a second outpost of Mark’s Bar at Hixter in The City.

Dabbous Bar

One of the best new bars of 2012, Dabbous restaurant and bar launched on Whitfield Street in Fitzrovia in late January 2012, the first solo venture from Ollie Dabbous, formerly of Michelin-starred Texture, and mixologist Oskar Kinberg, formerly bar manager at the Cuckoo Club.

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Spread over two levels, the restaurant has an industrial but organic design, with exposed brickwork, sheet metal and copper pipes offset by rustic candles and natural woods.

The basement bar serves some of the best cocktails in London, and also makes for an excellent venue for a private party, where you can sample some exquisite canapés.

The Donovan Bar

The Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair is cool, stylish, intimate and a haven for fashionistas. The walls are adorned with Terence Donovan’s iconic black and white prints, which add a contemporary twist to the history of the surroundings.

The Donovan features in our guide to London’s best hotel bars, and must surely be a contender for one of the best cocktail bars in London.

Artesian Bar at The Langham

Situated in the beautifully revamped Langham hotel, the David Collins designed bar is sleek, sexy and dramatic.

With its 50 types of rum, Artesian is ideally placed for a post shopping cocktail or a refined haven from the frenzy of nearby Soho at one of the best cocktail bars in London.


Widely regarded as London’s oldest restaurant, Rules still thrives in the heart of Covent Garden, thankfully not succumbing to the tourist trap. The upstairs bar is dark and cosy, with a gentlemen’s club feel to it, offering a historical take on the best cocktail bars in London.

The Bassoon Bar at The Corinthia

The Corinthia Hotel is one of London’s newest luxury hotels, situated close to Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament in an old Ministry of Defence building.

The hotel’s gorgeous bar, The Bassoon Bar, was designed by David Collins, where the centrepiece is the piano – not only do they have regular live music but the piano is built into the bar!

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The bar is stylish, relaxed and has an excellent cocktail list and feels warm and welcoming in the winter.


Nightjar is a beautiful bar hidden away in a basement in Old Street – the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of London.

The bartenders at Nightjar take a lot of care and attention when it comes to making their cocktails. They’re executed with flair and are garnished with some of the most insane but beautiful garnishes I’ve ever come across.

Nightjar is a great place to relax with a drink alongside laid back jazz and brilliant live music on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at one of the best cocktail bars in London.

Le Salon Bar at Joel Robuchon

One of London’s best kept bar secret, Le Salon is a dark, intimate and seductive haven for cocktail lovers, offering all the classics with a few twists. The décor is a mix of black and red in sumptuous fabrics and it really feels like you’re somewhere very few know about.

The bar is on the top floor of a restaurant by Joel Robuchon, one of the most celebrated chefs across the world, which you can only access by a lift.

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