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...

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Last updated on 14th June 2024

Swift Soho

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. 

Be At One Covent Garden Russell Street

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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.

The Little Violet Door

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We couldn't think of a cooler bar if we tried with The Little Violet Door, nestled in the heart of Carnaby. This fictional flat share-inspired haunt boasts velvet sofas, a disco kitchen and a vinyl bar which welcomes DJs from Wednesdays to Saturdays. Downstairs, you'll find a retro games bar which is an absolute hoot, and if you're feeling thirsty you'll be thrilled with its signature cocktail list. Think Crimes of Passion, which tastes of strawberries and cream, or the tequila-based Sex and the City followed by delicious bar bites. 

The Escapologist

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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 Piano Works West End

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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.


The Rabbit Hole

You know us - we love a quirky bar. And The Rabbit Hole? It's exactly what the (boozy) doctor ordered. Alongside the menus that double as interactive board games and the slick, intriguing interiors, there's an extensive selection of curious cocktails to get stuck into.


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. 

The Albany

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.

Be At One Oxford Street

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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. 

Be At One Covent Garden Lyceum

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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.

Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar

In the bustling cultural hub of Central London, you'll stumble upon this hedonistic haunt promising a good night. Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar is noticeable from the onset, thanks to an 'oil painting' cast upon its exterior of people enjoying a life of leisure. Head on down into its basement to uncover DJs playing until late, along with red booths, intimately lit tables and a bespoke cocktail menu featuring tea-infused gin. 

Thirst Soho

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Make Thirst your watering hole for an after-work tipple or night out and you won't regret it. This glamourous venue is spread over two floors, with a bright and airy bar upstairs, perfect for people watching with a cosmopolitan in hand, and a dark and intimate basement bar downstairs. Head there if you're looking to dance the night away to the hottest tuns, spun by top DJs, or are keen to get cosy in a leather booth. 

Simmons Tower Bridge

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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.


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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 Admiralty

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.

Prelude By Oriole

Giving us just a taste of things to come at their permanent reopening in late 2024, Prelude By Oriole is a Covent Garden pop-up oozing speakeasy vibes. They've got free live piano performances every night of the week, as well as a tasty selection Of Nikkei-style small plates like beef tartare, raw scallops with kiwi and chickpea chips in aioli. The drinks are pretty special here too, with Insta-worthy cocktails like the fruity Saraburi Punch up for grabs.

Be At One Piccadilly Circus

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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.

Amelie's Wine House

Ready for a dreamy date night destination in London? Decked out with rustic decor, Amelie's Wine House is a fantastic spot. The venue comes complete with red, white and rose wine, alongside an array of nibbles - think sumptuous cheese boards and juicy olives.

The Fable

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.

Cecilia's Wine House

Situated on Drury Lane, Cecilia's Wine House is a Covent Garden gem worth visiting. Not only does this glorious drinking den flaunt pretty interiors, including exposed brick walls and sultry corners, but it also has a range of bevvies up for grabs and a top-notch food menu.