Bars in Central London

Positively brimming with atmosphere every day of the week, visitors from across the globe continue to flock for a night out in central London in their droves. And who can blame them? Piled high with cool cocktail bars, elusive speakeasies, bars with views and late night dancing joints, there's never a shortage of things to do here. Our list of the best bars in central London is as follows...

Last updated on 26th April 2022




The Fable

813 user reviews 4

Holborn's The Fable is a central London bar brimming with character. With an inventive, innovative and enchanting decor running through the venue, the creative menu and cocktail list is equally as quirky. There's a selection of tasty grub and really delectable cocktails and wines to sample, and with a whole host of functions like regular cookery classes, mixology masterclasses and late night supper clubs, there's every reason to swing by no what what time of day you are in town.

The Admiralty

45 user reviews 5

If there was a contest for "most central pub in the whole of London", it wouldn't even be close. The Admiralty lies 50 metres from the plaque that marks the city's centre point, within easy strolling distance of Big Ben, Downing Street and just a stone's throw from Nelson's Column. Head here after a long day exploring central London; The Admiralty specialises in beautifully made, melt-in-the-mouth pies and a crisp pint of Fuller's ale.

Core Bar, London

198 user reviews 4

Located round the corner from St Paul's is Core; a fun-loving, fresh hangout where you can eat, drink and dance your way through to the early hours. Sup on one of their truly unique cocktails, enjoy an expertly made coffee or craft beer and survey a strong menu filled with lighter snacks and wholesome feasts alike. Available to hire at the weekends, Core is perfect for celebrating that special occasion.

Simmons Tower Bridge

55 user reviews 4

Mojito Mondays and 1 other offer

Found just moments from Tower Bridge, Simmons is a small but perfectly formed hangout filled with quirky interiors, cheap drinks and a friendly spirit. If you're looking out for those pennies, come between 4 and 9pm on weekdays, when you can get heavily discounted drinks as part of their happy hour. The venue opens until 1am and offers a lively party atmosphere if you're coming at the weekends.

The Escapologist

2288 user reviews 4

Based on the HQ of the secret society that ran Victorian London, The Escapologist is simply a fascinating place to grab a drink in Covent Garden. It takes the form of a 'modern-day Victorian men's club / Masonic Lodge', and is based on the exploits of the infamous Baron. Beautifully designed, serving fun yet refined cocktails and cheese-drenched pizzas, The Escapologist is a cracking themed bar perfect for after-work drinks and late-night parties alike.

Be At One Oxford Street

154 user reviews 4

Central London is lively, stunning and quite frankly - thirsty work. Just a stone's throw from Oxford Circus, Be At One Wimpole Street offers a fun retreat from the busiest street in London, serving up spectacular cocktails with buckets of enthusiasm. Good for a cheeky tipple after work and an ideal spot for welcoming in the good times over the weekend, Be At One Wimpole Street is one of the best bars in Central London. 

Quaglino's

10 user reviews 4

Not only does Quaglino's put on a incredible array of European inspired cuisines mixed with Middle Eastern flavours, but it's host to one of the City's most opulent bars. Stocked with all manner of potent liquors, the talented bartenders will see you through your spirit cravings with their list of crafty concoctions so all you need to do is perch at the art-deco styled bar and take in the decadent surroundings. 

If you're hunting for bars around Central London, you're in luck with NYX Eat, Drink & Play. The bar's quirky artwork is based on pop culture, music and fashion while its menu is equally as enticing. Choose between plenty of mezcal choices while munching on a nacho sharing platter.

Mulberry Bush

988 user reviews 4

Based just seconds from the water's edge, Mulberry Bush is a trusty gastropub popular with locals and visitors alike. Comfortably kitted out with inviting sofas and a selection of bookable private spaces, you can expect a lineup of stellar beers alongside a rotating guest ales list from this popular Young's pub.

Burlock

554 user reviews 4

Temptation Tuesdays and 6 other offers

Taking inspiration from the 1920s Havana heydays, Burlock is a cavernous rum bar with a mighty selection of over 200 bottles of the spirit to its name. Dabble in a couple of cocktails complemented by something from the authentic menus of Cuban and Caribbean food - a continuous happy hour offers great deals from open 'til close and there's even a Havana-styled barber shop that doubles as a secretive drinking den to discover.

The Albany

23 user reviews 4

No matter what you want from your Central London night out, The Albany can provide it. The corner spot in Fitzrovia is split between an upstairs, traditional pub which serves seasonal dishes, while downstairs a basement bar puts on DJ nights and live music.

Reverend JW Simpson

341 user reviews 5

Reverend JW Simpsons is a cosy little cocktail bar in Fitzrovia with its roots cemented firmly in the area's history. The venue is named after a Fitzrovia-based priest who lived within the same walls of the bar. With mementoes and subtle references to the old priests scattered throughout, the cocktail bar features a line-up of inventive concoctions, all created by the team of expert mixologists behind the bar. 

The Bloomsbury Club Bar

848 user reviews 5

The Bloomsbury Club Bar is an utterly charming bar that sits pretty in the city. Step inside and you'll be greeted by a breathtakingly lavish interior - the perfect blend between classic sophistication and contemporary style. To round off the enviable location and stunning decor, The Bloomsbury Club Baroffers up a truly exceptional selection of wines alongside a mouth-watering menu of classic British dishes. 

New Bloomsbury Set

77 user reviews 5

Located between King's Cross, Euston and Russell Square, this unique Central London cocktail bar offers a gorgeous array of tropical tipples. From the classic mojito to a chilli mango martini, it's got a cocktail for every taste, alongside slick, neon-lit interiors and a party-ready soundtrack.

Disrepute

219 user reviews 5

Located in the ever-trendy Soho, Disrepute is a 60s-style bar that's fuelling your nights out with a touch of hedonism. Feel like one of the cool cats of the era as you sip from a carefully curated menu of cocktails and shimmy your hips to wild jazz.

The Piano Works West End

788 user reviews 4

Happy Hour and 1 other offer

From the team that brought you The Piano Works, The House of Song presents Studio 88. Two piano vocalists and accompanying musicians take to the stage to play songs that are requested by you, the audience. Enjoy usherette served California Cones that offer a fresh take on social dining along with a creative selection of cocktails including their very own Autograph collection.

 

Lucky Voice Soho

923 user reviews 5

Looking for a bar in Soho where the drinks are delicious and the energy is on high? Then it looks as though Lucky Voice could be your guide. One of the best karaoke bars in the city thanks to their unrivalled private booths, waitress service and gleaming playlist, grab the mic and belt one out at this unique London bar. 

An effortlessly cool space offering a unique concept near Oxford Circus, The Studio is a must see. Guests slot in to cosy black booths and sip away at Vetel One vodka cocktails, before heading over to explore the inbuilt recording studio. Once inside you'll find DJ decks and karaoke facilities, and you're free to work your magic to the adoring crowd in attendance. DJ sounding a bit… flat? No worries, just take off your Skullcandy headphones and have a chat with your pals instead.

Bar Elba

2500 user reviews 4

Just moments from Waterloo station is a 600-capacity rooftop island paradise. Based on the tropical island that Napoleon spent 300 days with his mates, expect bright colours, block lettering and a summer cocktail list that's 20-strong with a handful of frozen mixes.

Mews Cocktail Bar

5 user reviews 4

Doused in creative mixology from some world class bartenders who know their bourbon from their whisky, Cartizze Bar is a luxuriant hideaway just off Bond Street. Crystal glassware hangs behind the bar, there's wooden panelling and chrome finishes to the bar with leather furnishings offering the perfect place to perch for some cocktail supping. 

241 on all drinks, excluding champagne & bottled spirits

A gangster's tequila paradise, the London Cocktail Club in Oxford Circus is inspired by downtown LA. The venue is covered in graffiti, depicting gun-toting clown figures and cityscapres, whilst the staff wear bandanas and lumberjack shirts buttoned to the top. If you're a little further east, their Mansion House venue is ready and waiting.

The Phoenix

15 user reviews 4

Basement bar and pub The Phoenix is bringing all sorts of fun to Central London with their huge range of activities. Head down for comedy from well-known stars, hilarious quiz nights and comfort food guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Swift Soho

828 user reviews 5

Swift is a new cocktail bar in North London that's forever changed the way we think of a 'quick drink'. With years of flairing under their belts, and an eye for infusing different flavours together, the master mixologists offer a stunning range of crafted cocktails. And better still, the venue's mantra of casual cocktails drinks means that each beverage is served with the usual long wait. 

PINCH

26 user reviews 5

One of the best cocktail bars in London, Pinch is the perfect quick spot to visit if you're looking for a few drinks with your mates. Enjoy small plates of peppers or halloumi fries, or make it an evening out with vodka-infused concoctions.

GS Rooftop Bar

1 user review 5

If you're looking for a boozy spot in Central London, then GS Rooftop Bar is the spot for you. Located minutes away from Covent Garden underground station, the place offers refreshing cocktails such as pornstar martinis, Aperol spritzes, and negronis.