Best for After Work Drinks
Discover our recommended bars and pubs for after work drinks in London! Long day at the office? Let’s get you to the pub pronto. With plenty of great venues offering happy hour deals and chilled-out vibes perfect for kicking back and reflecting on the day that was, we’ve drawn up a collection of our favourites. From the heart of the West End to the centre of the city, here are the best places to get a drink after work in London.
Last updated on 23rd May 2017
Work in the Soho area? Why not treat yourself to a few afterwork drinks at The Bloomsbury Club Bar. This sophisticated hotel bar has it all - a fantastic location, a lavish interior (plus a charming outdoor terrace!), and a selection of the very best wines from across the globe. And to tie it all together, there's a mouth-watering menu that's perfect for afterwork meals.
Having recently opened its doors to the public, and nestled comfortably between Hyde Park, Green Park and Buckingham Palace Gardens, this exclusive London cocktail bar is a particularly luxurious choice for after work drinks in London - but what the hell, you deserve a treat! Serving up a delightful selection of perfectly crafted cocktails, The Met Bar should be high on your list of London bars to visit for after work drinks in London, so book your spot now.
Kitty Hawk channels New York glamour with the cool style of a London location, making it ideal for the discerning after work drinker. Serving a wonderful list of wines, including selections from the Rothschild Estate, alongside craft beers and cocktails, the venue has something for everyone. And being only a few steps away from London Liverpool Street Station is a bonus.
If you're looking to head somewhere a little different to the norm after work, head to Catch Bar. This fun Mexican bar is the perfect place to unwind in Shoreditch. You can sip on fruity cocktails and if you're peckish they serve a great selection of Mexican Tacos and Tortas that will be sure to hit the spot.
Grab your gang and scoot over to Brooksby's Walk in Homerton for the most delicious selection of tipples to see you through the end of a hard day. From mulled-wine to Negronis and great G&Ts, the bar is the perfect place for a chilled-out drink.
Martinis, Bellinis and Negronis - what more could you need when it comes to after-work drinks? Luckily, that's what Osteria, the Italian restaurant, specialise in. With classic concoctions as well as twists on the fail-safe mixes, Osteria also has an impressive wine list.
If you're looking for somewhere you can enjoy some casual drinks and shmoozing activities then Ask For Janice (not the person, the place) is ideal for you. Doling out all the laid-back, urban boozing vibes you could wish for, plant your tush on their wooden stools that look like they're fresh out of a school science lab and enjoy their spread of beer, wine and over 40 Gins.
A popular choice with young professionals and London Bridge locals, the Hay’s Galleria offers one of the best happy hours in town. Get up to 50% off drinks between 5 and 8pm on weekdays, including discounts on their top quality wines and classic cocktails. The bar offers a cheerful ambience; there’s a petanque pitch if you fancy a quick game and an outdoor terrace just perfect for the warmer months.
If you're looking for somewhere to unwind after a long week at work, The Britannia is a favourite in Kensington for laid-back boozing and lovely gastronomy. Decked out with some traditional charm dating back to the 1800s, you'll find a pub mixed with vintage character and contemporary leanings making for a perfect after work drinks in London setting.
Work in South London? Wanting to sup on something sumptuous before the commute home? Lost & Found is a match made in heaven; serving up a vast range of cocktails each as delicious as the last, with live music and a fun time atmosphere chucked in to the bargain for good measure. Land two cocktails for the price of one between 5 and 8pm, and enjoy a complimentary sharing cocktail for all table bookings over 8 guests.
The Ten Bells is a legendary after-work spot for the people of the East End, but few have stumbled upon this secretive cocktail den upstairs so far. Pop in and discover this haven of Chesterfield sofas, mis-matched furniture and iconic artwork for yourself, the shorty cocktails - mixed by renowned bartender Jerome Slesinski - pack a punch, too.
The Eagle in Ladbroke Grove has become something of a West London favourite, thanks to its new partnership with Truman tank beers. Really helping the venue stand out, the chefs have created a menu that perfectly pairs with the fresh tank beers on offer behind the bar. Serene, stylish and bursting with charming character, there are few better places to relax and watch the hours lazily drift by.
Zigfrid is a great choice for after work drinks in Shoreditch. Head down once you've escaped the office and find a thriving hub for drinking, dining and clubbing in a wonderfully quirky and non-sensical space. Not only one of the best places for drinks come 5pm, this is also one of the best late night DJ bars in London which draws revellers from all over London to their spot on Hoxton Square.
Situated within a stone's throw of St Pauls and boasting a quirkily relaxed vibe, Shaws Booksellers is the perfect spot for an after work bevvy. Have a well deserved pint of ale in this spacious and convenient setting. It has Fuller's Master Cellarman status don't you know, so it can offer you all sorts of great beery remedies for the day's woes.
Shoreditch is a haven for post-work refreshment, and with venues like Hoxton Pony on call it’s pretty easy to see why. Head over to sample one of their celebrated cocktails; expertly devised using a list of 300+ spirits and a mixture of syrups, compotes and purees made on site. Grab a cheeky bite to eat if you’re feeling famished, then shake it out on the dance floor to the sounds of a varied playlist.
Is there a grander, more opulent setting for a post-work bevvy than the Old Bank of England? Located at the heart of the city and oozing with opulence and history, the pub serves a crisp range of award-winning ales that go really well when teamed with their delicious pies.
28 West serves international craft beers and experimental cocktails to the work-weary on the Canary Wharf riverfront. Perfect for city workers looking to toast a hard day's work, get the rounds in at this relaxed lounge bar set up, with great views of the water an added bonus.
Nestled somewhere in the heart of Leadenhall Market is Old Tom’s - a snug retreat from city life that’s just perfect for a post-5pm tipple or two. Topple down the stairs and into an old-fashioned retreat complete with 19th century tiles and warm service, the bar specialises in an extensive range of craft beer as well as a more than handy choice of gin and whisky. There’s cheese and charcuterie boards made for sharing if you’re peckish.
Situated on the bustling streets in the City of London, this venue is the perfect hideaway to unwind after a long day at work. Escape the workday stress and collapse into a padded arm chair, with a glass of wine in hand, of course. And if you're hungry, check out the extensive menu of steaks, fish and chips and grilled sardines for a delicious dinner.
Local to Bow or Mile End? There’s a gem of a local pub nestled somewhere among the Victorian terraces of Coborn Road that you really ought to seek out. The Coborn is a characterful place to reflect on the day that was, with Young’s award-winning cask ales, a great range of craft beers and vintage wines from across the globe to whet your whistle before calling it a day.
The well established wine bar and Liverpool Street local WE ARE BAR is a fan favourite for after work drinks in London as a place where city workers flock to take advantage of the extensive menu and beautiful outdoor terrace. Fronting an informal restaurant and dedicated bar area, WE ARE BAR is a buzzing social hub from lunch all the way through to closing.
Minutes away from Tower Bridge, The Gentlemen Baristas Union Street is the perfect spot for a quick pint after work. The traditional little spot is spread across two floors and serves everything from charcuterie through to dinners that will make you stay late.
This cool Shoreditch bar has a huge following for after work drinks from the City crowd. The sleek, hip design is Steve McQueen inspired and totally unique to this restaurant bar. The delicious drinks will help you relax after a long day and if you get a glace at the American grill menu you may just have to stay for dinner! Bring your whole office, but be sure to book a space online first!
Shoreditch Platform is in a prime position in East London, located close to booth Old Street and Liverpool Street, the bar and working space is a fun a versatile space. The upstairs bar is casual and serves a range of cocktails and spirits as well as having a dinner menu if you want something more substantial.
Balls Brothers are a noted name in the after work drinks industry, so why not try one on for size if you're hankering after a bevvie in the Mayfair area. A classic, British restaurant bar brimming with style and class, the suited and booted love a post working day drink here thanks to its brilliant wine list and selection of beers.
This classy, stunning venue in the sophisticated regions of West London is the perfect retreat for an elegant occasion, with an interior strewn with vintage furniture and floral flecks as well as bespoke and innovative cocktails crafted with the utmost care, for the ultimate post-work indulgence.
Stroll along the picturesque Fisherman's Walk and take a seat at Brodie's Bar where you can gaze out onto the West India Quay development and enjoy some alfresco throws, when the weather is holding up. A restaurant by day, a bar by night - Brodie's is the prefect place to grab a bite to eat or settle in for some after work drinking in London.
We’ve been looking for a decent after-work joint in the Victoria area for an age, and we just may have found it in the Munich Cricket Club. A vast party space with a traditional Bavarian party atmosphere to it, slip into your lederhosen (or don't, whatever) and come by to sample beer from Munich breweries, a good choice of wines and cocktails.
Found yourself with a few spare minutes to kill before your train out of Victoria? It’s probably time to get to know The Phoenix, the homely boozer known for serving fresh British classics in the company of a fine spread of real ales and extraordinarily tasty wines.
A stylish all-day bar, The Anthologist is a great bar in Bank for social after work drinks and dinner in chic surroundings. For a private lunch with friends or dinner parties, groups can book an area or table before joining the crowd there to enjoy Soul Saturdays, when DJs hit the decks and the bar gets lively.
Located in Shoreditch, Found is the perfect spot for an intimate and relaxed after-work drink. The hush hush bar has been designed by Oskar Klimaszewski and it is his magic touch that has made the cocktail menu quite so delicious, from Tommy Goes to Thailand through to Corpse Maker.
Please note: we can’t be held accountable if after work drinks at Barrio quickly get out of hand, and you suddenly find yourself hitting the dancefloor hard on a school night. Amigo Hour is sometimes just too difficult to resist. Head along to this buzzing hub of South American culture where explosive cocktails and authentic street food await.
Boasting one of the best locations in city, The Sterling is a favourite for after work drinks in London where you'll find yourself sitting at the base of one of London's most iconic buildings, the Gherkin. With an expansive outside terrace, the drinks often spill out into the shadow of the Gherkin making for one pretty cool place to enjoy a few with colleagues.
Wine connoisseurs, roll up roll up and get your extensive wine list here in this modern, stylish bar next to the Shard. Perfect after a long day at work, taste these fine wines in the comfort of a trendy venue and checkout the menu of great British dishes, including burgers, light bites, sharing platters and other classics.
The Chelsea Pensioner is the ideal spot to grab a few cheeky bevvies after work. Pop in and take advantage of the happy hour from 4pm – 9pm any weekday and enjoy bottles of lager and spirits and mixers for £2.90, a bottle of wine for a tenner and Prosecco for just £15! With tasty bar snacks and a secret beer garden you can’t go wrong!
Need a little sweet release after the daily grind? Join Bounce for just that as you can not only let out those working frustrations on the ping pong table, they've got plenty of after work drinks offers to go around. Neons and food to boot? You nailed it.
There’s no shortage of decent pubs in the city, but we’ve always had a soft spot for the Lamb Tavern. Part of the fabric of this part of town since back in 1780, it’s still a popular boozer of choice for those in the city, packing the punters in right beside the iconic Leadenhall Market. There’s ales, wines and spirts galore, and if you track down one of the #ThirstAiders, you might just save yourself from queuing at the bar.
Smack bang in the middle of the city and overflowing with charisma, Forge is a great choice for a few chilled ones after a tough day. The cocktail list is quite something - it stretches to include 100 different tipples – and there’s ample wines, beers and spirits to climb into depending on your mood. Everything is served by expert bartenders, and the venue’s late licence means no one's going to blame you if you end up stumbling out at 3am.
Sitting nicely just a few paces away from St Paul's Cathedral, the Vinyl Bar offers Central London's work-weary crowds a lively spot to blow off steam after a long day at work. From live Premier League Football actions and thrilling Champions League to fast-paced F1 and hard-hitting Rugby, you can see all the best live sporting events on one of their huge TVs. To help keep things moving, a generous Happy Hour grips the entire bar between 5-8 PM everyday.
If you have that Friday feeling all too early on in the week and the after work tipple is calling then Quaglino's are more than prepared to cater to you. Swan through this most decadent of restaurant bars and perch at the opulent bar area that overlooks the dining quarters where you can take in the fragrance of exquisite eats whilst you enjoy your liquor craving.
All Bar One is a an easy and casual drinking and dining spot on Oxford Street that is great for an after-work drink. The venue has several levels, as well as a whole host of drink deals, perfect for shaking those weekday blues.
The working day is done, and with it, the decision comes for a place to grab drinks after work in London. Head on down to the Yorkshire Grey for a laid-back boozing experiences as this Farringdon favourite promises bold beers and top pub grub inspired bites.
Graphic bar is a spectacular cocktail bar with only a 2 minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus, Carnaby Street and Regent Street making it great for after work drinks. Renowned for its amazing cocktails, Graphic is a great place to meet with friends and colleagues for lunch or after work and the eclectic, lively atmosphere provides a unique location for a cracking pint.
Well established as one of the Square Mile’s standout wine bars, Willy’s offers traditional charm and a fine array of global wines amidst the bustle of Fenchurch Street. Come 5pm you’ll find discarded blazers and folks loosening their ties with something from the extensive wine list, and Willy’s also serves plenty of food - the fish & chips are their pride and joy.
A Canon Street charmer, Jamie's Suffolk Lane is the answer to your after work drinks in London qualms. Something of a city favourite, this restaurant bar is a cool underground space steeped in exposed brickwork, an extensive wine list and a healthy happy hour reigning from 5pm until 8pm on week nights. Plenty of time for a couple then?
Directly opposite Liverpool Street Station sits Dirty Martini, a stylish and elegant city bar in London and just the place for after work drinks with friends or colleagues. Careful though - happy hour deals and a late license that keeps this London bar open until 3am every night of the week, you may find yourself teetering out of 'after-work drinks' and into 'before-work drinks' territory. Alternatively? Dabble in Dirty Martini Monument or St Paul's for more after work schmoozing.
Close to many of London’s hot tourist spots and set in the shadows of St. Paul’s cathedral, Pavilion End is a beautiful city pub, great for cosy after work drinks, with big screens to watch various sports events on and a pool table for those wanting some entertainment. Their outdoor beer garden is perfect for catching some rays in central London and escaping the bustle of other city bars.
Tough day? Things can only get better at Dirty Martini St Paul's, where there’s a chilled cocktail with your name on it waiting at the bar. The venue offers a sleek and sophisticated décor at the same time, which understandably draws a radiant after-work crowd. Careful though, with late night DJs taking centre stage that mythical "swift half" could soon escalate.
Who's out drinking in Holborn tonight then? We've just the destination. Less a siesta and more a fiesta, Salvador and Amanda is a plush plot for after work drinks where tapas inspired chow and cracking party tracks reign supreme. Familiar with those after a reasonably priced post work tipple or three, this dapper little joint will please palates and party people alike.
Situated right in the heart of the city, you'll need to set aside a few minutes just to take in everything that Core's cocktail list has to offer. There's absolutely loads of quirky concoctions to pick from, and they're all very reasonably priced. Core is serious about its 'Brew & Brew' concept too - so you can rest assured that the expertly crafted coffees and beers are among the best in the City.
St Barts Brewery is an eclectic and diverse venue in the heart of Farringdon. The extensive choice of artisan wines, spirits and beers makes it perfect for a bit of 5pm R&R, with the venue featuring its own ciders from Kent and unfiltered Meantime lagers coming direct from their brewery and into your glass.
Join “Covent Garden’s sassy sister” for a few chilled ones at quitting time and chat the night away in vibrant and warm surroundings. This is a real West End favourite, welcoming an eclectic bunch through the door with a charismatic and familiar approach. There’s fresh food, plenty of beers and an eye-catching selection of cocktails to work your way through.
Add a big heap of swinging '60s to your after-work drinks in London as The Holy Birds open their doors. As well as a poultry themed restaurant, the downstairs bars is a medley of retro interiors and a menu to match - sip a Babycham cocktail designed by legendary barman Salvatore Calabrese.
Got your sights set on a few drinks on Shoreditch High Street? Full of charm, quirky decor and a vibrancy that you won't find in too many other Shoreditch bars, this place is always lively with workers spilling out after quitting time. Book yourself in and enjoy the drinkonomical happy hour prices on offer from The Shoreditch.
For a kick in your after work shenanigans, Trader Vic's is a Tiki-laden island of wooden boats, bamboo and buoys hanging from the ceiling. Dabble in a little Polynesian partying at this drinking den where you'll find a penchant for tropical inspired tipples and one of the oldest and most original Mai Tai blends.
Want some happy hour merriment in the city? Patch St. Paul's will happily oblige, laying on all kinds of cheap and cheerful drink deals between 4.30 and 7.30pm every day, and all night on Tuesday. Get along to this handsome spot for after-work refreshment and they’ll take 50% off bottles of wine and spirits, hand out buckets of 5 beers for £15 and go 2-4-1 on cocktails.
Balls Brothers Austin Friars is an excellent little spot to drop into after work, providing a serene refuge in the heart of the city. Promising a menu featuring drinks that "are pieces of art themselves", unwind into the evening by sampling the wild and imaginative cocktails on offer, or something from their superb wine and beer selection.
Holborn's Fable has many strings to its bow. The venue's quirky decor is inventive, innovative and enchanting, and the choice of drinks follows a similar suit. There's a library of creative cocktails to choose from and a similarly extensive wine list boasting all kinds of tastes and flavours.
An easy walk from any of Monument, Cannon Street and Bank stations, you’ll find a buzzing scene after work on any given weekday at The Vintry. With full table service offered throughout the day you can kick back and clock off in style, with more than 170 wines on the bar alongside a refreshing range of craft beer, lager and cask ales. There’s even a cool cocktail lounge where talented mixologists work their magic in the basement.
Marco Pierre White turns his attention towards the Wheeler's Oyster Bar and Grill, taking over the menu and filling it with his range of honest, classic and natural recipes. Sitting within the elegant walls of the Threadneedles Hotel, the restaurant only deals in opulent experiences, boasting an irresistible champagne and oyster menu. Showcasing the finest British produce available, the exquisite flavours continue on the drinks menu, which is composed of a range of fine wines and signature cocktails.
A huge hit with the city’s workers thanks to its convenient location and inviting ambience, Jamies on Creechurch Lane is tailor made for a few casual drinks after a tricky day at work. Within easy strolling distance of the city’s stations, rock up to their comfy bar space and unwind with a glass of wine or two, with sharing platters and traditional British fare on call if you fancy something to eat.
Sitting pretty in a super central location for any city goers, Tank and Paddle is a favourite in Monument for stylish drinks and casual pints. Head on down not only for craft beer straight from the tank, there's some of the best pizza in the business to boot.
The Albion offers an extensive wine selection, a range of award-winning real ales and continental lagers in a relaxed pub environment just down the road from St. Paul’s. Come by for a swift half in one of the friendliest pubs in the city, with great comfort foods and famous sausage roll bar snacks on offer if you feel like lingering into the evening.
The second Grand Union to feature in our After Work guide, this Farringdon bar offers something a bit quirkier to those fed up of the standard city pub set-up. The ground level features a classic pub setting while the downstairs cocktail bar promises great drinks in Victorian boudoir styled surroundings. Get 2 selected cocktails for a tenner as part of their Happy Days promotion.
If you're looking for somewhere to blow off some steam after work and have a cheeky bevvy in a laid-back setting then The Vineyard in Islington is just the ticket. This contemporary, chic styled boozer is an urban wonderland of exposed brick, lounging and funky décor so you can enjoy all manner of tipples in this pocket friendly pub where the grub is glorious too.
A few breezy strides away from Monument, Dirty Martini offers a killer combination of fantastic martinis and generous happy hour deals. Come when that clock strikes 5 and enjoy half price martinis and bottles of wine, as well as £2.95 bottles of beer, until well into the evening. There's sharing platters to kick hunger to the curb, and DJs on 'til late.
With one successful Islington bar already under their belts, Simon Bastable and Andrew Green have taken their Four Sisters name to the St Paul's area. The wood panelled floors are accompanied by beautiful wall hangings and quaint antiques spread throughout the venue. However, it's the cocktail list that really steals the limelight. Really making their drinks stand out, the team of bartenders make use of a range of homemade bitters and syrups.
Smollensky’s is the place to be if you’re after cocktails in Canary Wharf. Bartenders whip up a liquor-laced storm after work, with old school classics given a contemporary facelift and a few new found favourites on offer by the same token. Happy Hour runs every day from 6 to 8pm, there’s a few light bites to soak up the booze and a large outside terrace that’s always a big hit in the summer.
Say no to your local this evening and try something fun and innovative instead. Located on Cornhill - just moments from Bank - Silk & Grain is the city’s experimental cocktail parlour, where age-old classics are given a fresh twist using barrel-aged techniques. Sample a couple of your old favourites given a kick of oak, vanilla, caramel or spice and don’t think it’s just about the cocktails - there’s also beers, spirits, wines and mocktails on offer.
Nestled within the backstreets of Borough and not at all far from London Bridge, this cool bar is great for after work drinks in London. After a recent revamp, The Miller now boasts its own ping pong roof terrace, and plays host to an improv comedy night, every Tuesday. Book a space for you and your mates in this cool and quirky London bar, perfect for an after work drink in London.
You can’t really go wrong with 2-4-1 cocktails everyday between 7 and 10pm. This is even more the case when these mixed drinks come with the Barsmith stamp of approval; the Farringdon venue is renowned for its bespoke selection of house-infused drinks. Check out the Basil Fawlty or their signature The Barsmith, or enjoy one of their excellent craft beers.
This debonair den in the heart of Clerkenwell is perfect for a post-work tipple. Indulge in stunningly presented concoctions of innovative, fresh ingredients, shaken, stirred and otherwise jumbled together by the masters in mixology.
You can’t go wrong with a few drinks at this Scandinavian themed cocktail bar if you work close to Oxford Street. Nordic is a buzzing after work haunt where you can get £10 bottles of wine and 2-4-1 cocktails between 5 and 7 on weekdays (and all night Monday and Thursday). Sample their specialty beers and refreshing cocktails and just watch out for that shot wheel - things are only gonna go one way if you find yourself spinning that on a school night...
Looking for a great spot for after work drinks in the summer? Hope & Anchor is surely worth the visit for its pleasure garden alone; welcoming parched workers for a few chilled beverages under twinkling fairy lights and hazy summer skies.* Take advantage of their Happy Days offer, where any 2 selected cocktails come your way for a very reasonable £10.
Nestled in the beating heart of London's Leicester Square, Blind Spot is a smooth, sultry cocktail bar that offers guests a serene location to sit back and unwind with their favourite cocktail. Serving a range of exquisite concoctions and with a well-trained bar staff capable of mixing and flairing together an array of ingredients, the dim lighting and cosy armchairs create the perfect, laid back ambience to lose yourself in.
Beautifully decorated with vintage signs, quaint antiques and vibrant furniture, The Grocer offer Londoners in the City a great place to escape the office and grab a drink after work. The bar is of course stocked full of all your favourite beers, fine wines and international spirits, but pleasing everyone, the chefs have curated a menu of traditional British recipes and classic dishes. Grab a burger, grab a pint, and leave the rigours of daily life at the door.
So the Rumpus Room offers something pretty spectacular from your after work drinks sessions. A rooftop bar found on the 12th floor of Mondrian London, experience the lavish lifestyle of The Bright Young Things from the 1920s jazz age while you marvel at these stunning views of the skyline. Sip stylish champagne cocktails, celebrate a special occasion with your workmates or simply settle down to enjoy one of the best vantage points in London at this stunner of a hidden gem.
Based on the water’s edge - with spectacular views of the Millenium Bridge and the rest of central London - Northbank’s terrace is one mighty fine spot to while away the evening and enjoy the last sunshine of the day. There’s an impressive menu of gourmet eats if you should fancy staying for dinner, or you can just keep it casual with something from their liquid menu featuring West Country ciders, wines from around the world, eclectic cocktails and bottled beers.
Forget the stresses and strains of a long day at the office at this familiar Dalston pub. Oozing with a relaxed ambience, there’s a healthy mix of classic cocktails, locally brewed craft beers and old world wines to keep you feeling fresh. There’s a heady selection of premium rum cocktails if you’d like to stretch the night out a little longer, and a vibrant programme of live music to tap your toes to.
Ideally located between Aldgate and Liverpool Street, you can leave all thoughts of the daily grind at the door at this cosy gastropub. There’s no shortage of beers and wines to get involved with, as well as a neat little selection of classic cocktails that start at a very reasonable £7.45 each.
Located at the Aldgate East end of Brick Lane, Apples & Pears is a non-pretentious hangout fronting delicious cocktails, awesome music and even its own outdoor space (a novelty for the area!). Come here for fun-time after work drinks, brilliant happy hours and good times; all throughout the week.
There’s happy hour drink deals to enjoy at all times at Cocktail Baby. That means you can get your paws on a vast expanse of signature cocktails, beers, wines and ciders at discounted rates while enjoying a lively backdrop of disco, soulful and deep house tunes. Can’t see a cocktail that ticks your boxes? Have a quiet word with the bartender and they’ll make something just for you.
Its proximity to Liverpool Street Station, chilled purple hues and comfy booths make Anise one of the most popular bars with the Square Mile after work drinking set. A decadent drinking den that can offer something a little outside of the ordinary, Anise's cocktails and bar snacks are Indian-inspired meaning you may be sipping on a concoction including coriander, cardamom or chat masala. A great after work drinks spot.
Originally owned by their father in the 1970s, Jack's bar in Waterloo is run by two brothers and offers its guests an impressive selection of classic American comfort food treats. The venue kitchen is used to planting smiles on the faces of its guests, plating up delicious pizzas, hotdogs and fiery wings.
Situated right around the corner from Tower Bridge, Simmons brings a quirky dose of cocktails and fun to the heart of the city. Swing by straight after work to take advantage of that famous happy hour; spirit & mixers are £2.50, bottles of wine are £10 and you can even land one of their signature cocktail teapots for just £15 between 4 and 9pm (Monday to Friday).
It's the end of the day and you deserve a delicious glass of wine - head to The Pearson Room to find a beautiful venue full of excellent wines. The swanky bar is the work of renowned sommelier Sunaina Sethi, who has handpicked the wine list while food has a mouth watering European twist.
Like your 5pm tipple in the company of spectacular views of the Thames? You probably ought to get down to the Oyster Shed then, where thirsty revellers marvel at The Shard, Tower of London and the Thames in all their finery. We haven’t even mentioned the fine wines, real ales and delectable range of craft beers yet either.
Offering homely, country pub vibes, you’d be forgiven for forgetting The White Horse was actually in the very heart of the City. Workers seeking much-needed liquid refreshment come for the real ales, delicious wines and quality champers at 5pm, with fresh pub food available for those hoping to linger a little longer.
Up the ante on after-work drinks at sleek and stylish Burdock, located on Finsbury Square. The City spot has bags of personality; head to the bar to work your way through an innovative cocktail list, freshly brewed pints and glutton-inducing freakshakes, as well as having a go on their unique shuffleboards.
The Refinery in the City of London is an all-day restaurant and bar that draws in guests with its fun, laid back atmosphere. Fitting in with its sister venues in the Drake and Morgan family, the venue serves its guests a range of seasonal and freshly produced dishes. From breakfast in the morning to after work drinks late at night, this jack-of-all-trades will cater to whatever mood you might find yourself in.
Work in the Covent Garden area? Sometimes you just can’t beat a few drinks with the team at Be At One. Renowned throughout the city for their friendly bartenders and catalogue (quite literally) of amazing cocktails, there’s not a day that goes by where happy hour doesn’t last until 7pm and there’s great tunes overhead.
A perfect city retreat tucked away behind the bustle of London Bridge, Hide Bar is an intimate cocktail lounge with a seated only policy so you can come here to sup and socialise without the queues at the bar. Experts in the art of cocktail making, Hide Bar are top mixologists who are always developing the dynamic of their drinks to bring you something cool and unique.
The Distillery is Bankside’s destination bar, where you can expect nothing short of tailored perfection from the bartenders. Fitted out with leather Chesterfields and bespoke furnishings, make yourself at home at the London Hilton’s hotel bar and sample a range of signature cocktails that include homemade aromatics, infusions and bitters.