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 19th November 2018




68 and Boston

624 user reviews 4

68 & Boston is the latest drinking destination to arrive on Soho's thriving Greek Street. Run by three richly experienced wine and cocktail bar experts, the venue serves £20 bottles of wine sourced from right across the globe. Bring your closest mates and enjoy a glass or two of something different, or head upstairs to the 'Boston' lounge if it's late-night cocktails you're after.

Opium

890 user reviews 4

Opium is a great Central London speakeasy style bar. Discretely hidden in Chinatown, they deliver seasonal Oriental themed cocktails - using ingredients sourced locally. This cool and quirky Central London cocktail bar is perfect for unique and interesting cocktails, in a beautifully decadent setting. 

Lucky Voice Karaoke Soho

272 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 unrivaled private booths, waitress service and gleaming playlist, grab the mic and belt one out at this unique Central London bar. 

The Escapologist

1318 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.

The Arts Theatre Club

4 user reviews 3

A hidden gem amongst the often crazed and crowded bars of Central London, Soho's Arts Theatre Club serves as a romantic relaxation destination with a little extra vintage flair. With luscious seats, sips, and sounds, this member-only speakeasy will knock the socks off of any date in true Prohibition-era grandeur.

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.

Canoodle down to Covent Garden for a bar in Central London that's brimming with fun-time attitudes and a gnarly happy hour. Not only boasting an extensive cocktail menu alongside fantastic 2-4-1 drinks deals, Be At One in Covent Garden's Lyceum is a treasure of DJing and rampant bar staff.

Simmons Tower Bridge

29 user reviews 4

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.

Burlock

210 user reviews 4

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.

Circus

505 user reviews 4

Located in buzzy Covent Garden, Circus puts on all the glitz and glamour of a stellar show as they serve incredible entertainment alongside cocktails and Pan-Asian cuisine. The stylish venue has a lounge bar for sipping cocktails, or sit down in one of their themed rooms for the full dinner experience.

Be At One ticks all the boxes for a feel-good party venue. Cracking on with daily happy hours from 4.30pm, the atmosphere builds early as the crowd polish off a couple of Aperol Spritz and Bangkok Garden Party cocktails. Bartenders are impossibly friendly, the atmosphere is intimate and the dance floor soon gathers momentum, with guilty pleasure party tunes playing until 3am.

Top Secret Comedy Club

20 user reviews 4

Discover this hidden den beneath a restaurant on Drury Lane and have your pints, your tasty tipples and your masters of comic performance all in one place. Big names including Jason Manford and Jack Whitehall have tickled funny bones in this very bar so expect top notch jokes and the greatest of gags in Covent Garden's hidden jewel.

Swift

463 user reviews 5

Complimentary Taster Cup Winter Punch

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. 

Nordic Bar

293 user reviews 4

Two for one cocktails and 1 other offer

For a bar in Central London with a unique twist, head to Nordic Bar which celebrates all food, drink and party vibes hailing from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Just a stone's throw from Oxford Street, this party bar boasts ping pong tables, shot wheels and fun DJs spinning the freshest tunes until the early hours of the morning.

Fifty9

61 user reviews 4

Guest List & Free entry

Swanning about in the heart of the city this evening and looking for a bar in Central London that's swanky, sophisticated and positively brimming with delicious cocktails? Then head on down to Mayfair as Fifty9 provide London's socialites with a hearty dose of drinking and dancing in the city. 

Studio 88

211 user reviews 4

Champagne & Cocktail Hour: 5pm - 8pm and 3 other offers

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.

 

BFI Bar and Kitchen

259 user reviews 4

Pre-Movie and 4 other offers

Go for a stroll along the South Bank? Then make sure you stop off at the charming Benugo Bar and Kitchen in the BFI building; with bookcases crammed with books and cosy armchairs, the venue has a Gentleman's Lounge feel. Grab an Old Fashioned and settle into a seat for an afternoon well spent.

The Bloomsbury Club Bar

466 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. 

Basement Sate

224 user reviews 4

Hit this hot spot in Soho for a bit of late night decadence. Gobble down a delicious dessert plate and taste some of the best cocktail concoctions around in a speakeasy bar with the plushest of leather armchairs, polished wooden surfaces and a Parisian lick to the interior that will have you chilled out and indulged.

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. 

Balls Brothers Shoe Lane

36 user reviews 4

Christmas Offer and 3 other offers

Drinks in Central London aren't hard to come by, but it's all about picking the right spot for you. If you're heading to Holborn this evening and chasing down a top selection of affordable drinks, then why not try Balls Brothers Shoe Lane on for size? Classic and contemporary with an affordable stance, this charming haunt is just the place to grab a bevvie in the evening. 

Dirty Harry's Soho

155 user reviews 4

Happy Hour EVERYDAY! and 1 other offer

Dirty Harry's is the latest cocktail bar to open in Soho. With Harry Honeys - the venue's resident dance troupe - turning heads on the stage, revellers can dance the night away thanks to the many cover bands and DJs that perform here. Perfect for anyone looking for a night out in London full of vibrant charm and energy, this Soho spot doesn't know how to disappoint. 

Quaglino's

3 user reviews 5

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. 

Admiralty

43 user reviews 5

10% off Wine Wednesday and 1 other offer

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.

Cocktail Baby

17 user reviews 5

Happy Hour at Cocktail Baby

You know about Joe's Southern Kitchen, but did you know about its elusive cocktail bar in the basement? Offering up a chic space that's perfect for discerning date nights and cosy catch-ups, Cocktail Baby serves a range of signature cocktails, wines, beers and tasty bar snacks. A catchy mix of disco, soulful and deep house tracks fill the room, and a good time is had by all.

Wahaca may be one of the biggest eating out names in London thanks to their roaring Mexican plates, but did you know that their bars are something pretty special too? Brimming with Mezcal, Tequila and a whole host of cocktails, this contemporary haunt promises a little something for everyone in Central London. 

Tropicana Beach Club

643 user reviews 4

Moments from Holborn, Tropicana Beach Club is the hottest new bar in Central. With more than 50 types of cocktails, a huge selection of rums and plenty of fun and games, the bar and nightclub is perfect for a quick dinner or a night of dancing away. Hire a private cabana, get down on the lagoon-style dancefloor or try your hand at surfboard limbo.

Simmons Soho

116 user reviews 4

Simmons always promises a memorable night out in Central London. Head down to this eccentric spot and you'll be greeted by a charming space, decked out with an assortment of quirky ornamentation - it probably looks a bit like your nana's house. But unlike her gaff, Simmons boasts an awesome late night atmosphere with tasty tipples and great music. 

HAPPY HOUR 2 FOR 12! 4:30-19:00

A gangster's tequila paradise, the London Cocktail Club in Oxford Circus is a fantastic venue that's a great repose from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. 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. 

Mabel's

214 user reviews 4

Free Entry Guestlist

This prim and proper little palace is the sweetest of retreats for your sipping slurping noshing needs. Taking on the form of sophisticated cafe, with quaint floral decor, subtle hues and vases of flowers sprinkled throughout, this bar is an adorable escape in the centre of the buzzing Covent Garden. With cutesie cocktails such as Lavender Love, containing lavender syrup, peach puree and Absolut citron, indulge in a luscious libation in the cutest of cubby holes.

Be At One Oxford Street

28 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. 

Close to Piccadilly Tube, and a stone throw away from the bustling streets of Oxford Circus, the Be At One Soho is fantastically placed for Central London clubs and bars. Start off your night here and pick whether to stay with the wild crowd on at this party bar all night, or head to Leicester Square for the cool London nightclubs and bars there.

The Fable

276 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.

Warwick

51 user reviews 4

Free Entry till 11pm

The Warwick is a wonderfully rich, warm and welcoming venue in Soho that doesn't take itself too seriously. Offering a pub-styled setup, it's an accessible little spot that offers a breather from Piccadilly Circus' maddening crowds. Feast on delicious seasonal drinks, sample the pioneering signature cocktail list or just settle for a bespoke G&T.

Reverend JW Simpson

218 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. 

Maintaining the same quality as its sister venues Dirty Martini Covent Garden and Bitter Sweet, Dirty Martini in Oxford Circus. An elegant interior, it's ideal for much needed after-work drinks, stylish late night drinks or pre-drinking before a big night out. A generous and popular happy hour, you definitely need to swing by. 

The Aviary Bar

40 user reviews 4

Looking for something a little different in Central London? Look no further than Aviary Bar. Featuring imaginative decor and a great selection of drinks, this is a Central London bar with just the right amount of quirk. With a great atmosphere, a late license and even a fish tank, if you're in the Oxford Circus area then this one is definitely worth a look.

Jewel

114 user reviews 4

Free Entry VIP Guestlist

A three floor spread of glittering chandeliers, low-lights and luxuriant partying perfectly describes Jewel Piccadilly. It's a mega central London bar and restaurant where you can socialising, tuck into great nosh and enjoy some late night partying on the dance floor without a hefty price tag. 

Champagne Charlies

148 user reviews 5

Mix and Mash + Glass of Wine for £14.95 and 1 other offer

Dip below the arches of Charing Cross to stumble across this snug wine bar with bags of charm. Filled out with all sorts of antiques and quirky knick-knacks, Champagne Charlie's also features a choice of intimate dining rooms ready for up to 45 diners. British classics are on the menu, and there's a rich range of wines to cater for all tastes.