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. 

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. 

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.


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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. 


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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.


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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. 

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. 

Shaka Zulu

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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.


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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.