Bars Close To London's Best Museums

From the Saatchi Gallery to the Victoria & Albert Museum, London is home to some of the world's most renowned museums and galleries . But if you enjoy your Tuner and Constable with a nice cold beer or delicious cocktail, you're out of luck; these museums and galleries don't always have what you want. Here's a list of recommended bars close to London's best museums and galleries that can help quench your thirst on a hot summer day.

Last updated on 2nd August 2021

Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar

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Hidden away in the basement of a Soho building, Bourne and Hollingsworth combines tradition with a perfect amount of peculiarity to offer its visitors a wonderful experience. The bar is only a short walk from the British Museum and recently launched a new cocktail menu, full of extravagant concoctions at the reasonable price of £7.50. Be warned, time will fly once you're nestled down in an armchair with your favourite drink.

Reverend JW Simpson

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Named after a previous resident of the building, Reverend JW Simpsons offers visitors of the nearby British Museum a diverse list of reasonably priced cocktails and a dimly-lit den in which to unwind. Blues music, rather than hymns, now fills the bar's atmosphere, and the antique-chic theme is completed by the traditional glassware that each cocktail is delivered in.

The London Cocktail Club uses biker jacket themed couches and thick black leather to bring an America biker image to the trendy streets of Shoreditch. Covered in urban art, this bar offers a fantastic spot for visitors of the nearby Brick Lane Gallery to satisfy their artistic fix. Most notably, this bar boasts an enthralling cocktail list, including the infamous 'Smokey Barrel' cocktail, which always leaves visitors stunned by the use of a smokey gun to visually bring the drink to life.

The Lady Ottoline

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Just a 10-minute walk from the British Museum, The Lady Ottoline is a must if you're looking for a place to eat in Bloomsbury. The gorgeous pub is haven for gastro eats and craft ales, alongside a very impressive wine list to help you refuel after a day of sightseeing.

Housed within the National Theatre, this fun and friendly South Bank bar gives you access to range of iconic London museums. Walking distance from the National Portrait Gallery, The London Dungeons and the London Aquarium, it's a great place to refuel between outings.