Best Bars in West London
We have been sampling the best drinking spots in this glorious part of London and have decided to share our favourites. From charming restaurant bars with cocktails by the bucket load, sophisticated places to sup and a plethora of affordable jaunts in the West, here's our pick of the best cocktail, hotel, DJ and wine bars for a night out in West London.
Last updated on 23rd June 2017
West London has quite the array of bars and pubs, but none as pretty as The Rose. Not only are they conjuring up a fine array of British plates and pub-led dining, there's also one of the prettiest beer gardens in the city for all of your sunshine needs.
Seductive yet smart, sophisticated but not smug; if that's just what you're after when it comes to one of the best bars in London, you're in luck. Head on down to the Wright Brothers' Mermaid Bar for a sumptuous selection of cocktails and swagger.
Laurel hedges enclose the delightful beer garden of Putney’s Coat & Badge. A spacious, relaxed spot that’s ideal for chilled drinks in the summer, there’s also a relaxed and familiar vibe to enjoy once you’re inside. There’s a strong and indulgent menu of gastropub favourites (we’re talking sausage & mash, fish & chips etc) and a good solid choice of drinks, with all the sport on the big screen and brunch served come the weekends.
When it comes to a hardy place to drink in the heart of West London, nothing quite says the good stuff like a good ol' fashioned boozer with musical twang. Join Defector's Weld not only for a roster of live music, there's craft pints, Sunday roasts and plenty more.
Goat DINE is a great place to start your night out in West London. Serving up a storm of New York - Italian dishes with a wine list that is no less impressive, this is a cool West London bar and restaurant that is not to be missed.
The team behind the multi-award winning L’Etranger restaurant introduce L'Entranger Piano Lounge; their late-night lounge and intimate dining room. A post-work haunt offering a relaxed yet refined atmosphere, enjoy everything from an aperitif to a late night tipple, or settle in for the full gourmet experience. Boasting lavish and decadent interiors, the bar attracts a stylish Gloucester Road clientele throughout the week.
With plots all over the city, the Balls Brothers have built a reputation for casual dining and social drinks that's much loved by Londoners. Their bar restaurant in West London is a beautifully styled Mayfair venue that's both contemporary and stylish making for a perfect after work drinks destination.
All the way in Brentford sits the West London pub you need to visit. One Over the Ait delivers on two floors of charm, including tonnes of outdoor space, while their food and drink really seal the deal. The pumps serve up some of the finest real ale, and the kitchen is all about homemade British cuisine supplied from seasonal, local sources.
With a mix of industrial and homely interiors, Heist Bank in Paddington is a unique all-day hangout. Head over to try one of their delicious stone-baked pizzas which come perfectly paired with a craft beer; when you're done eating, challenge your mates of date to a game of pool on their pool table.
Paradise by Way of Kensal Green is a great West London venue both in aesthetics and execution. The beautifully designed interior perks you up on arrival, the fun and exciting atmosphere gets you in the mood for a great night and the food and drink leave you more than satisfied. The bar serves fantastic drinks worthy of any London cocktail bar and the weekend club nights will have you dancing into the early hours.
Brook Green is a name on the Hammersmith pub scene that not only promises tasty tidings in the shape of seasonal pub fare and gastro dishes, they also boast a luxury and charming hotel space for those looking to stick it out long haul at this West London favourite.
Hankering for a West London pub with all of the delicious trimmings? Perfectly perched by the river side, The Blue Boat is a haven for families, pub lunches and afternoon drinks alike. Whether you're admiring their maritime interiors, hoofing back gastro grub or tucking into a London ale, The Blue Boat has a little something for everyone.
Based in the heart of West London, Elk Bar brings fun-loving vibes to the opulent, sometimes stiff streets of Fulham. With a bar bursting full of intriguing spirits and beers, plasma screen TVs showing the finest live sporting events from around the globe and DJ sets from some of the brightest up-and-coming acts in London, this spot has all the ingredients to make a great night out.
A quirky little Notting Hill number with a penchant for all things smothered in rum, don’t leave here without having sampled a Banzai45 or a Hell in the Pacific. There’s plenty of exceptional cocktails if they don’t tick your boxes, and a bundle of Dim Sum treats to nibble on. Soothing DJ sets get underway at the end of the week, and there’s a Rum Club on the first Monday of every month.
Somewhere down King's Road behind a mysterious doorway lies one of London's most premier bars. Raffles dates all the way back to the 1960s and still today holds just as much suave and exclusivity as it did back then. A luxurious hide out of a private members' club, Raffles operates on a need to know basis. And you NEED to know.
A unique jaunt on the Fulham/Chelsea border, Kona Kai is one of the most unique, themed bars in West London. Going all out South Pacific, head on down to Kona Kai for a taste of all things tiki, theatrics, cocktails and plenty more.
This private members' club offers a refined drinking experience across its stunning four floors. The venue creates a laid back but super chic atmosphere in which to settle down and enjoy a couple of drinks with your nearest and dearest. Cocktails are painstakingly put together, fine wine is never far from the surface and there’s a steady tide of champagne if there’s cause to celebrate.
This is a beautiful and style gastro pub and bar in Chelsea. An elegant interior and a fabulous drinks list make this is a popular spot with the West London crowd. You may even spot a celebrity or two.
Sheraton is not only a great bar in the heart of Heathrow, it's also showing some serious welly in the sports department. Head on down for top Americana bites and beers alongside quirky interiors and a regular roster of sports screenings.
Something of a jack-of-all-trades, The Phene in Chelsea prides itself on catering for whatever mood you might be in. Whether you're gearing up for a huge night out at the traditional bar, enjoying a lazy weekend in a cosy armchair and a board game, or tucking into a delicious 3-course meal in the conservatory, this West London venue will definitely leave its mark on you.
Tuck into a tasty tipple in suave surroundings in West London's swanky centre - Marylebone. With bespoke and innovative designs on those classic cocktails, expect your poisons to pursue perfection with stunning garnishes and a pleasing of the palate you won't easily forget.
The cocktail empire has set up a bar in West London for their next vintage styled venture. It's the one and only Simmons force and they're coming to town with the usual spread of cocktail mischief, happy hour madness and kitsch interiors. We recommend their Long Island Ice Tea to kick things off.
The Eagle in Ladbroke Grove has been enchanting Londoners for months, thanks to its new partnership with Truman tank beers. Based just a short stroll from the area's tube station, the venue's chefs have created a menu that perfectly pairs with the fresh tank beers on offer behind the bar. Expect classic British roast meats and hearty burgers.
Based in North West London, Royal Oak is a family-friendly pub that was built with those lazy weekends in mind. The old mahogany bar serves all the usual suspects, alongside a selection of fine wines and locally sourced ales. Perfect for a Sunday dinner with your family, guests can enjoy a hearty roast dinner while drinking a tangy bloody mary and playing a fun board game.
Blagclub is an elusive dancing spot tucked away beneath Rusell Gardens. Chic Asian interiors, lounge beds and leather booths combine to create a classy ambience which ties in with the guest-list only policy to leave an exclusive impression. The playlist offers a mix of party tunes and club classics, and groups can hire out the venue exclusively if there’s a private party to be thrown.
A food and drink haven in the heart of Chelsea, No 11 Pimlico Road is one of the best bars in West London, and with good reason. Not only churning out seasonal and gastro plates, No 11 Pimlico Road pride themselves on creative cocktails in a cool, minimalistic enviroment.
As charming as a West London bar comes, The Chelsea Pensioner is a hybrid of countryside and contemporary where you can find all the pubbing pleasures you'd expect from your local plus a penchant for entertainment. With cracking happy hour deals from our favourite Simmons folks, a pool table, live bands, comedy nights and more on the go, why haven't you been already?
No trip to Fulham is complete without a visit to The Colton Arms. This intimate pub is all about character, boasting a warm and welcoming feel to regulars and newcomers alike, and serving up a delicious range of beer and classic British dishes.
Looking for a pub in West London that can cater to all of your British whims? Then the Coopers Arms is the venue for you. Not only do they have private hire spaces and a roster of real ale and wines, their gastro goodies are strong from day well on into the night.
With a colourful and fun twist on the usual West End bar, The Jam Tree Chelsea offers a delicious cocktail menu and good time vibes. Head to the King's Road hub for an outdoor terrace that buzzes on balmy summer evenings and enjoy the selection of BBQ bites on offer. For a chilled out after-work cocktail, or meeting friends for a glass of wine before heading out to enjoy Chelsea's nightlife this is the ideal party spot.
Sitting proud in West London is the Pig’s Ear, offering traditional pub aesthetics, great beer and gastropub food. Their beers are brewed in local breweries, and they have lots of ales, ciders and imported lagers available too. Should you feel a bit peckish, head up to the Dining Room, where they serve up a fantastic menu of British and French cuisine matched with a menu of fine wine.