Bars With The Wow Factor in London
Dazzling, dapper and down right Instagram-able. London is without a doubt home to some of the most stunning nightlife spots in the world. From rooftop bars with magnificent views to quirky venues with wildly original interior designs via crazy inventive cocktails; there's no shortage of spots to see. So what are you waiting for? Scroll on down to discover some of London's wow-factor bars and get yourself a little short of breath. Quenching that with a cocktail of course.
Yep, gnomes. Weird, wacky and unashamedly awesome, The London Cocktail Club serves up some of the capital's most innovative and tasty concoctions. Expect fire, amazing tipples and some serious wow-factor from a selection of cocktail mixologists that know their way around more ingredients that is down right normal.
You'll need to keep your eyes peeled to track down this elusive cocktail bar and Dim Sum eatery in China Town. Opium is located behind a non-descript green door and found at the end of a long dark stairway, but we promise it's worth rooting out. For concoctions and flavours that speak of their own accord, this is a cocktail lovers ultimate haven.
If you're looking for a bar in London that's more than going to impress, look no further than Searcy's at The Gherkin. Get set for stunning, 360 degree views of the city set alongside stunning cocktails, high-end champers and a romantic enviroment.
Blowtorches, quirky decor and plenty of gin - Purl comfortably makes our list of wow-factor bars. Renowned as one of London's best bars, you'd be forgiven for thinking this little tasty number would rest on its cool-ass laurels. But you'd of course be wrong. Silly you. Head on down for the art of cocktails as modern hospitality now knows it.
A stunning plot in Mayfair, The Tale Bar is an impressive London bar known for its Playboy owners and unique cocktail edge. Head on down for luxurious interiors and brooding drinks over a roster of unique nights out in the city.
One of London's leading lights is The Roof Gardens in Kensington. A fantastically decadent club by anyone's reckoning, pop outside and you're free to peruse their decadent Garden space with excellent views and an irresistably lively vibe.
When a venue offers up views like the above, it can be hard to concentrate on anything else. But we really urge you to do so, because otherwise you'll miss out on some incredible food and drink. Feast on panoramic views of the capital as a starter, a strong range of sharing platters for the main and a range of affordable cocktails to finish.
Steam & Rye brings you live bands, fires shows, Indiana Jones sharing drinks, dancing girls and even a 'beat the mechanical bull competition'. With all this going on it's easy to forget there's Michelin-starred Americana crab shack and dazzling cocktails up for grabs too. A stunner brought to London by two others, Nick House and Kelly Brook.
Worship Street Whistling Shop blends the charm of Victorian squalor with the grandeur of a Gin Palace. They've got a built in Dram Shop that offers guests the chance to sample sumptuous gin cocktails and survey a library of vintage gins that are up to 100 years old.
If stunning decor is your thing, you'll need to get yourself over to Shaka Zulu in Camden. Gaze up at 20ft high giant statues and carved wooden murals, or hop on the escalator up to the mezzanine level to survey the South African-inspired colour and vibrancy in all its splendour. An international experience on a cool London level.
An impressive interior decor, Purple Bar Sanderson Hotel boast violet silk opera curtains, and furnished with lavender Queen Anne chairs, purple etched Venetian mirrors, and a bar that looks like a fallen meteorite. A chic and intimate spot, it's refined atmosphere is always staggeringly impressive to all who visit.
A magical, mystical cocktail bar with an unmistakable speakeasy-vibe; the Looking Glass Cocktail Club pays homage to the works of Lewis Carroll. You can enjoy a meticulously made cocktail in a tea cup, or stride through the looking glass (quite literally) to discover a lively private room filled with yet more tantalising tipples.
Looking for a restaurant and bar in London that's set to impress? Then why not try the plush, Japanese tidings of Kouzu. Not only dosing guests on stunning Eastern flavour, their bar and restaurant is awash with stunning furniture and impressive light fixtures.