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 15th May 2016
Situated just a stone's throw away from the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National History Museum, Bumpkin offers delicious, home-made food and wonderful range of refreshing drinks in a cosy and comfortable environment. Be sure to check out their large list of seasonal ciders and try their very own countryside-brewed ale. Bumpkin is definitely an ideal spot to rest your weary feet after a day of walking on the V&A's marbled floors.
Based under the Italian restaurant Antico, and only a short walk away from South London's Design Museum, 214 Bermondsey is a hidden speakeasy, specialising in all things gin. In addition to serving over 80 types of gin, this bar has its very own BTW Tonic Water; they clearly know what they're doing. Whether you're sitting down to a Gin infused cocktail or a classic G&T, 214 Bermondsey is a great spot to escape the buzz of the city above.
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.
B.Y.O.C. or 'Bring Your Own Cocktail' doesn't offers its customers alcohol! Instead, for a small fee, they encourage visitors to bring along their favourite spirit. Using a number of different syrups, spices and juices, their bartenders are able to create bespoke cocktails tailored to your taste. Possibly inspired by the creativity on display just around the corner at the National Gallery, B.Y.O.C. brings something different to Covent Garden's well-established persona.
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.
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.