Best Bars In London To Visit In 2024

This list of London's best bars? Think of it as a love letter to some of the very best cocktail bars, rooftop spots and hidden bars in the city. With amazing new drinking spots opening across the city every week, we’ve decided to draw up this shortlist of only the biggest and best places, from the weird and wonderful to the award-winning, celebrating the magic that London's bars put together on a daily basis.

Whether you're more into fine wines or craft beer, we've got an excellent bar suggestion for you. Read on for DesignMyNight’s complete guide to the best bars London has to offer, and get to know the city on an epic, liquid level.

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Last updated on 24th July 2024




Fitz’s

Dripping in glamour and luxury, Fitz's is a bar taking things up a notch. Found at Grade II listed hotel Kimpton Fitzroy London, you can expect a trip back in time with stained glass, decadent cocktail mixes and Victorian curiosities strewn about the place. Their Theory Of Colour cocktail menu, featuring 14 original drinks, is also a unique gem that you won't want to miss. If Gatsby throwbacks and martinis are your vibe, then this one is for you.

Viajante87

Taking its inspiration from Latin America, Viajante87 is a stunning cocktail bar flaunting dark, sultry interiors and plush booths for relaxing with a drink or two. Tucked away down a staircase in Notting Hill, this intimate is perfect for date nights, serving quirky twists on classic cocktails and flavourful small plates.

The Little Scarlet Door

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With notoriety already gained thanks to Fulham sister bar The Little Blue Door, alongside The Little Orange Door and The Little Yellow Door, The Little Scarlet Door brings a sexy edge to Soho. With interiors that scream maximalism, a quirky cocktail menu and fame gained in none other than Tatler magazine, this venue makes no apologies for its slick, metropolitan edge. And thanks to the £5 picantes during happy hour, this is also one of the best bars in London for cheap drinks.

Little Bat

Brought to you by the same minds that own Shoreditch secret spot Callooh Callay, Little Bat are all about bringing premium drinks to Highbury and Islington. A staple with cocktails in the front and a dining room at the back, their master mixologists are putting together high-end blends in darling vintage coupes, with ingredients spanning from beetroot and dill to cherry brandy. Signature concoctions? Expect these to set you back a reasonable £13.

Callooh Callay

Named in the Top 50 Cocktail Bars three times and the International's World's Best Bars four times, Callooh Callay is a quirky, cocktail favourite, where talented bartenders mix up some of the most imaginative concoctions in London, having done so since opening in 2008. Tucked away in Shoreditch with plush furniture, decadent colours and moody lighting, this bar packs a punchy atmosphere with plenty of areas to mooch around and even a mega nostalgic Pokemon-themed menu. Extend your visit by jumping on the tube and visiting their Chelsea site too.

Lyaness

Located in the iconic Sea Containers is Lyaness, the flagship bar from the multi-award-winning Ryan Chetiyawardana. It's a stunning, sleek spot with baby blue walls, plush velvet sofas and a statement dark marbled bar. Each table is decorated with individual lamps which make for an intimate affair come evening, paired with draw-dropping views of St Paul's. The drinks menu features weird and wonderful ingredients to make up bespoke tipples such as the Palm Tree Daisy, made with Oyster Honey and tropical wine, plus the Chestnut Rabble featuring beeswax. 

Homeboy Islington

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A real north London gem, Homeboy is the Upper Street bar bringing a slice of Ireland to the city. One of the best London bars to make sure is added to your list, these guys have been rated fourth best new international cocktail bar by the Spirited Awards, as well as 11th in the Top 50 UK Cocktail Bars. Whether you're a lover of all things whiskey, can't resist a decent pint of draught Guinness or fancy trying out some traditional bites, this is the place for it.

Laki Kane

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One for all you rum aficionados, TikTok famous Laki Kane is the Upper Street spot transporting you to warmer climates. Along with a stunning interior and energetic bartenders, you can expect mouthwatering Thai bites, a buzzing atmosphere and all things rum when it comes to cocktails. What's more, you can make your own personalised rum at their on-site distillery.

Albert's Schloss London

Slinging out Bavarian fare and hosting nights packed with entertainment every night of the week is Albert's Schloss, located in the heart of London. It's bier heaven as it boasts a bar with a global lineup of brews imported from the likes of Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium and more. Among super cosy interiors that ooze Alpine chic, you can enjoy signature cocktails like the Apple Strudel, made with Havana 3, Cut spiced rum, cinnamon, apple and lemon, as well as delicious, authentic fare like bratwurst sausages and schnitzels. 

Old Street Records

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After live music, pizza and cocktails in Shoreditch? Old Street Records makes its mark as one of London's top bars with a cutting-edge approach to entertainment across two floors. Take in EP launches, new bands and established acts alike in a record-store setting, or make for the intimate basement below where jazz nights and DJ sessions are usually held. And the best part? They've got venues in Monument and Clapham as well.

SOMA Soho

From the brains behind popular Indian eatery Kricket, found just above, and voted as British GQ's best bar back in 2022, SOMA is a classy cocktail joint (and new take on the speakeasy) in Denman Street in Soho serving up inventive blends, hailed for benefiting those who are 'in search of the divine'. Think gin with coconut yoghurt, banana rum blends and turmeric concoctions, to be enjoyed in dark, sultry surrounds. Named affr the Hindu god of the moon, the 3am closing time more than makes sense.

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When it comes to the colliding worlds of experience and bar in London, few do it quite like Alcotraz - the BYOB bar that sees inmates whipping up innovative cocktails from ingredients of your choice.. A locked-up, libation-led immersive night where wardens and smuggled booze are both as important as the other, these guys have excelled at creating an unforgettable night of drinks in the city.

Little Nan's Deptford Bar

A bar we can't help but love in London has got to be Little Nan's in Deptford Market Yard, set up by beloved grandson Tristan. This multi-award-winning venue tucked away in bricked arches is known for its fun and flirty cocktails served in teapots, boozy brunches, tasty afternoon teas and a love of all things Pat Butcher (see her present throughout the kitsch space). You can even hire out Grandad's shed for private parties with up to 90 guests.

The Coral Room

An elegant salon bar inspired by the 1920s, The Coral Room is a vibrant location in the heart of Bloomsbury. Not only do they have a pretty garden area, but the venue itself is decked out with plants and artwork by Luke Edward Hall, designed as a whole by the acclaimed Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. For everything from cocktails to afternoon tea, this beautiful spot has got you covered.

La Goccia

For swoon-worthy sips in Covent Garden, head to La Goccia. As well as its gorgeous botanical interiors and pretty outdoor terrace, you can find a selection of hand-crafted cocktails on the menu like dark chocolate martinis or the Apple Star. And if you're hungry? Munch on Italian small plates such as fried chicken with creamy lemon sauce or doughballs dipped in gorgonzola.

Bussey Rooftop Bar

Our list of impressive London bars wouldn't be complete without a Peckham rooftop favourite. This gorgeous bar above the town and high street nearby fronts sky-high views, botanical décor perfect for the city's summer season, and beautiful cocktails that match nicely with a hot summer day. Plus, their pizzas range from five cheese jalapeno to vegan caprese and Margherita slices, if you need to pair drinks with a bit of food. Always sensible.

Apples and Pears

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Looking for the best bars in London with music? Seek out this hidden gem in the East End and you'll immediately reap your rewards. Apples & Pears serves up fantastic and innovative cocktails in an energetic setting, evoking an infectious atmosphere that rivals some of the city'd top Prohibition plots. The eclectic programme of live performers also ensures that there's always something to keep your toes tapping. 

Nightjar Shoreditch

It's true - the term 'legend' is banded around way too much, but not in the case of Nightjar. Perfecting an irresistible set-up of innovative and beautiful drinks tied in with a dazzling programme of live music, this wonderful bar in Shoreditch and Soho remains highly places in the World's 50 Best Bars list - making it without a doubt one of the best bars in London. If you can find it.

Shrub and Shutter

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There's 25 years of experience in the cocktail industry at this South London cocktail bar. Shrub and Shutter is the work of Salts of the Earth cocktail consultancy and creates inspired and unique drinks, using little-known ingredients, along with food by Norfolk chef, Farrow. This spot is also a listening bar, a Japanese-style venue where drinkers listen to vinyl music as they sip.

Four Quarters Elephant and Castle

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After something a little bit different on your next night out? Four Quarters in Elephant and Castle is a quirky arcade bar that's perfect for unleashing your inner big kid. They've got original machines and consoles with games like Guitar Hero and Donkey Kong, alongside themed cocktails such as the Princess Peach. Hungry? Nab hot dogs, burgers or loaded fries from the diner-style kitchen.

Coupette

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If you're all for award-winning drinks, the French-inspired Coupette are serving them up - with a particular penchant for Calvados. A humble and romantic spot in Bethnal Green and Soho, this is a venue not only made for date nights, but for those looking to try concoctions with real flair in the city. Favouring the art of simplicity above all else, they're a true example of what makes a classic cocktail bar in London.

Lucy Wong

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With a 1950s theme and Hong Kong-inspired interiors, Lucy Wong exploded onto the bar market in London, bringing with it excitement and Asian glamour. An underground spot in Fitzrovia inspired by a Richard Mason love story entitled 'A World Of Suzie Wong', Lucy Wong is a late-night romantic ode to drinking in the city, with tapestries and lanterns in abundance. The drinks menu is a modern take, while the Chinese food menu is a blend of new and old combined. 

Opium

This hidden gem is a chic cocktail bar and dim sum parlour in the heart of Chinatown, known for being one of the first secret spots in the city for a drink. If you're lucky enough to find the inconspicuous green door, tucked between lanterns and restaurants on Gerrard Street, then you'll be able to experience three floors of delicious Asian cocktails and food. With a cool, trendy following this 1920s bar is sure to impress, especially with the merit of being one of the top 50 cocktail bars in the city.

Flight Club Venues in London

Are you a fan of darts and cocktails? Flight Club has breathed a completely fresh lease of life into this age-old classic of a pub game, welcoming you to their super-stylish oches to play interactive games with live scoring and lots of impressive technology. Bring your squad along to their Shoreditch, Victoria, Islington or Bloomsbury venues for lots of competitive socialising. plus, be sure to check out their weekend brunch socials with prosecco and unlimited pizza.

Map Maison

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Situated on Kingsland Road and boasting the largest collection of Japanese whisky in Europe, Map Maison is a great choice for signature sips in East London. Head inside, where you'll be met with dark furnishings, chic booths and a plethora of spirits - with all sorts of drinks masterclasses on offer too. Thirsty? Opt for a Wild Fashioned made up of Havana Anejo, Angostura bitters and brown sugar molasses.

Aviary

Aviary is yet another hit from the ETM group, only this time they've gone sky-high. A truly gorgeous rooftop spot, found on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, Aviary is hospitality excellence with a view, serving from breakfast through to dinner. Making it to this bars list is easy for a destination like Aviary, thanks to not only their ability to pack a rooftop come summer, their drinks menu flits between signature cocktails and spirits, to international wines for those who prefer theirs by the glass.

The Piano Works Farringdon

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The Piano Works is a warehouse space of jazz inspired jubilance where the piano takes centre stage and the entertainment comes from requests made by yours truly. Set in a Victorian listed building, this place is a fusion of industrial underground and classic music. Sit down, stand up, sing, dance and drink at this place. Not in the area? Check out their West End venue instead.

Fairgame Canary Wharf

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From Roll-A-Ball Derby to Shoot the Clown and Whac-A-Mole, Fairgame in Canary Wharf is a funfair-themed bar worth getting stuck into (especially for when your inner big kid is desperate for a bit of entertainment). You'll get to play innovative games while munching on street food and sipping on creative concoctions here.

Oriole

Starting as a speakeasy-style pop-up before laying down its roots in Covent Garden, Oriole promises sophisticated sips in a swanky space. Think cocktails made with Roku gin, Maker's Mark bourbon and so much more, alongside tasty small plates such as sea bass ceviche, smoked cauliflower with salsa, and beef tartare. Even better, there's live piano music on the cards every single night here, so you can enjoy vodka and agave nectar-based La Culbera or Sanshin Old Fashioned with some entertainment. 

Silverleaf

If you haven't tried Silverleaf's incredible concoctions out for yourself, you are really missing a trick. Discover the gorgeous drinking found inside the slick City hotel Pan Pacific, where Tom Dixon-designed interiors meet slick service and award-winning drinks. What's more, the hidden bar Alba within this venue offers whisky or cocktail tastings and an intimate space for private hire.

Diogenes The Dog

If you're in the mood for premium sips at one of the best wine bars in London, none do it quite like Diogenes The Dog. With a dynamic wine list and options from global winemakers, they not only have a far reaching menu, their pretty interiors, cheese plates and service are high-end with a comfortable feel. Even more impressive, this independent bar has won awards for the venue itself and their shop.

Supermax

On the hunt for trendy bars in London? With a vermouth-led menu created by the Spiritland team, Supermax is something or a rarity in the city. Hidden below Happy Face Pizza, this venue celebrates all things Italian culture - not only in its love of vermouth, but interiors that sing of 1970s Milan, with a playlist dedicated to Italo pop. On weekdays? Visit for their aperitivo hour where cocktails start from as little as £7 until 7pm.

Little Mercies

If you find yourself in Crouch End looking for a fantastic place to drink, then be sure to check out Little Mercies. This spot was created by Alan Sherwood of Scout and Peg in collaboration with Max and Noel Venning of Three Sheets (also on this list) and Bar Three, bringing you creative cocktails, tasty bar snacks and boozy brunches on the weekend. Expect everything from tequila-infused Peach Tea to cold brew coffee, surrounded by exposed brick walls and sleek black furnishings.

Stereo

One of the best bars in central London, Stereo is the secret destination hidden underneath the market. Not only will you get a slick space to kick back in, but also live music every evening, DJs 'til late and the cocktails to match. As for food, nibble on small plates such as deep-fried mozzarella and shrimp cocktail, or tuck into mains like burgers, steaks and fish pie to name a few.

Pamela

Inspired by 90s icon Pamela Anderson, this Dalston haunt slings out soul food and all sorts of fun cocktails in simplistic surrounds. Think plum and pecan-infused brandy, passionfruit with rum or vodka and jalapeno blends, alongside more classic tipples like picklebacks and limoncello.

Connaught Bar

The Connaught Bar brings silver service to the cocktail world, and can be found in the heart of luxury hotel, The Connaught. Promising a truly opulent experience, with some of the chic-est cocktails in the business, the team at The Connaught Bar aim to elevate your London bar experience, having seen themselves on many an award-winning list. Order a martini, and they aim to please, wheeling a trolley to your table for comfortable serves.

Bar Termini

Brining a hit of Italian culture to the streets of Soho, Bar Termini is a must for all things coffee and cocktails. Dreamt up by Tony Congiliaro, the expert mixologist behind the stylish 69 Colebrooke Row, you can expect signature negronis, plenty of prosecco and meat or cheese sharing boards.

Forza Wine

Situated on Rye Lane in Peckham, Forza Wine is a popular Italian restaurant with both a stunning bar and a sun-soaked rooftop terrace that provides great views and lots of greenery. This venue serves up handpicked bottles courtesy of importer Les Caves de Pyrene, as well as refreshing cocktails like the garibaldi or a frozen negroni, and you can even nab tasty small plates which include burrata topped with leeks and pine nuts or mussels cooked in pork fat and chilli.

Hacha

This intimate London bar from founder Deano Moncrieffe is one of Dalston's best, specialising in tequila, mezcal and all things agave, with over 25 spirit bottles bringing the flavours of Mexico's agave plant to life. Found in Kingsland Road, all of their cocktails on the menu are paired with a song to capture the drink's vibe. Be sure to try the totally clear and utterly see-through Mirror Margarita, in addition to a number of tantalising Mexican small plates.

Doña

With 2024 set to be the year for mezcal, there's a bar in Stoke Newington that is celebrating it in abundance. Run by Thea Cumming and Lucie Massey, Dona Bar is a celebration of community, empowering feminine energy, creativity, and of course, the smokiest of serves. If you're not tempted by the drinks? We'd be surprised, but you should also go for the pink en masse.

Three Sheets

No top bars in London list is complete without a showing from Three Sheets. Created in 2016 by Venning brothers Noel and Max, this is an especially industry-forward location, known for its ties to the scene, complete with a list of awards under their belt, including a standing at number 7 on the top 50 cocktail bars. Their expertise knows no bounds, and while the bar space itself is relatively stark and bare, it complements a complex cocktail menu of clean drinks, including a must-try French 75. 

Scarfes Bar

Stylish and seductive, Scarfes Bar is situated in Holborn. This destination is decked out in artwork from the well-known Gerald Scarfe, pairing perfectly with low-hanging lights and colourful furnishings, in addition to shelves filled with over 1,000 antique books hand-picked by a Portobello antique dealer. As for the drinks, the talented team are whipping up creative cocktails to suit every palate, with regular live music to keep you entertained as you sip.

Behind This Wall

Behind This Wall is a secret spot in Hackney, found down a narrow staircase on Mare Street. This Lo-Fi bar is a paradise for music-lovers, thanks to a Tannoy Gold sound system and minimalist decor that encourages you to really focus on the tunes. As for drinks, expect botanical cocktails and mezcal-infused blends, alongside local oysters and tapas plates.