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. Solve that with a cocktail of course.
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.
Stunning vies over the City of London, a sleek decor and even better cocktails served by the bar, Aviary has a special place in our hearts here at DesignMyNight. Based in the ever-buzzing Finsbury Square, this rooftop bar has been drawing in crowds from all over the capital and is the perfect place to watch the sun slowly sink behind London's beautiful skyline.
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.
An impressive interior decor, Purple Bar Sanderson Hotel boast violet silk opera curtains, 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.
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 environment.
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.
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 infectious, lively vibe.
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 an innocent-looking 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.
Famous for being one of the best speakeasies in East London, The Nightjar serves its customers amazing cocktails paired with wonderful live music. Based just off Old Street roundabout, the exclusivity and 1920s revelry of the bar will undoubtedly make you feel special. Grab a whisky cocktail, sink into a cosy armchair and watch as the talented live band fill the venue with quavering notes and a carefree vibe.
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.
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.