Best for People Watching in London
London is one the best cities to visit for people watching; from the coolest bars around Old Street to the most exclusive clubs in Mayfair. There's always a great place for watching the world and other people go by over a drink, be it celebrity haunts, basement bars or even gastro pubs. We've put together our list of the best people watching bars and clubs in London to make your decision just that little bit easier.
Last updated on 11th January 2017
Machine No. 3 is fast creating a reputation for itself as one of Hackney's most relaxed, carefree bars. Open in the site of a former dilapidated laundry, the bar serves its guests a selection of craft beers, organic wines and classic cocktails. Bunker down into a cosy corner and watch as London's many characters come and go.
Favoured by the after-work crowd of the West End, Gem is located close to both Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus. Best to visit on a Thursday or Friday for the full people watching experience, and come early to take advantage of their excellent happy hour.
When it comes to hunkering down for a drink and watching the world go by, there's no better place for it than at Tooting Market. Join Unwined In Tooting as you can sip on some of the best bottles of wine in the business as you watch the bustle of the market during the day.
A Central London pub commanding amazing views of the river; on days where the sun shines, their beer garden is perfect for a tranquil after work drink, and the bar inside and the balcony area also overlook the river. These fantastic views, central location and traditional pub-feel make this a popular choice for those wanting more than just a quiet drink; inside the beautiful bar you can also amuse yourself at their pool table, or sit back and enjoy watching the varied Central London crowd that pass by. Book now.
The Phene is a stunning Chelsea gastro pub just off the Kings Road. If you want to see the likes of the Made in Chelsea cast this is the place to be. Why you're having a snoop for Spencer or Caggie grab one of their amazing wines or delicious cocktails and relax in their stunning beer garden. Book a table at The Phene here.
The Roof Gardens in Kensington is a stunning, destinational private members rooftop bar with its very own gardens and clubs. Perfect for celeb spotting, alfresco drinking and summer nights, this is a truly unique experience in London and must for your people watching to-do-list. With the garden staying open all night with BBQs keeping the hunger at bay, and a glamorous night club for the glam party crowd later on, The Roof Gardens deliver a breathtaking night out in London. Get on the guestlist for The Roof Gardens here.
Having been featured on Made in Chelsea, Bluebird is now more popular than ever. Situated on the King's Road, a trip to Bluebird Cafe will be a delight for any people watching lovers out there. As well as offering a great selection of drinks, this venue also offers amazing food. Book a table at Bluebird Cafe now.
The Michelin Star awarded Nobu Berkeley ST is located at 15 Berkeley Street in the heart of Mayfair. The critically acclaimed venue is one of London's most fashionable and star-studded restaurants and has also held some of the capital's most high profile parties. Located over two floors, Nobu Berkeley St is open for lunch and dinner and houses a suitably glamorous 200 cover restaurant and a stylish, yet relaxed lounge bar with a licence until 2am. Once you've made it on to the reservations list, a trip to Nobu will ensure you brush shoulders with all the top A list celebrities. Book a table at Nobu Berkeley ST here.
A fun time party night can always be had at the legendary G-A-Y, a gay bar in the heart of Soho filled with all your favourite pop songs, cheap drinks and an outrageous crowd. Open early, grab a couple of cocktails with your friends and discover your inner diva. Get on the guestlist or book a table and G-A-Y here.
The reality stars of Britain head to The May Fair for its quality cocktails, showbiz clientele and glamorous women. Expect to see the cast of TOWIE stumbling out on a Thursday night after one too many bottles of champagne.
Loved by celebs from Rihanna to Ashley Cole, Mahiki is London's Hawaiian-themed heaven. With a delicious assortment of themed top cocktails, as well as two dancing areas and a private Karaoke room, this bar and club is perfect for watching the A-List bumping and grinding.