A vibrant cafe during the day, a buzzing cocktail bar full of colour at night, the Map Maison is a quirky cocktail bar in Haggerston. The team of expert mixologists, armed with a collection of strange ingredients, flavoursome punches and international spirits, mix and flair together an impressive range of fun concoctions that are sure to leave a lasting impression on you. If that wasn't enough, the chefs serve up a selection of light snacks and international-inspired small plates to help ease the evening along.
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There's a roaring number of Spanish bars in London that bring authentic food from various regions around Spain to the capital in a buzzy yet laidback atmosphere. Beyond that though, the tapas market is expanding and small plate dining is leading the way across London. So from traditional Spanish plates, to contemporary Indian varieties, we've gone ahead and put together a few of our recommended favourite tapas bars that could also easily make it onto the list of some of the best restaurants in town.
Leicester Square Kitchen is an amazing place to pick up delicious Peruvian and Mexican tapas. Not just because their small plates are delicious and their South American cocktail menu is just as, but it's in the middle of the iconic square.
Traditional tapas dishes such as patatas bravas and Iberico ham croquettes as well not-so-traditional chorizo lollipops can all be picked from at Salvador & Amanda nearby Covent Garden. The original Salvador & Amanda has been bringing the fiesta spirit of España to London for over ten years now and, rest assured, there's still plenty of good times ahead.
Get yourself down to All Bar One Regent Street on a Tuesday and you can have one of the best food deals in London. Pick four small plates from their delicious menu and a bottle of wine for £20, perfect for those quick catch ups with friends.
Lazeez Tapas in London is a traditional Lebanese Tapas restaurant that draws in crowds with its authentic flavours and joyful atmosphere. Importing a handful of ingredients from Lebanon as well as making use of local butchers, the restaurant cooks all its meat over a grill, first seasoning each cut with a fistful of fresh herbs. Warm, welcoming and serving amazing dishes, this restaurant is top of London's tapas scene.
Back after an impressive refurb, Sway returns to bring a lovely little selection of tapas dishes to Covent Garden's hungry masses. Split into meat, fish and veggie & cheese sub-sections, get a squad together and order in a variety of these tasty dishes; sharing and companionship is very much part of Sway's core values.
Camino has long established itself as one of the city's most impressive tapas bars in London. Beautifully decorated with authentic knick knacks and endearing photo frames, the entire venue oozes style and perfectly embodies the vibrant aura that's come to define Spanish culture. Rounding off the experience, their dessert menu if packed full of irresistible flavour and will definitely leave you wanting more.
A slinky tapas spot, cracking cocktail bar and late night club all in one, Gremio meets all your foodie needs and then some. The vibes are laid back so you'll be hard pressed to stay for 'only one.'
Set in gorgeous and warm surrounds, Rambla is a stylish Spanish inspired bar in Soho. Stop by this intimate joint for a taste of Barcelona as renowned chef Victor Garvey creates sunny plates of seafood, charcuterie and cheese - nicely washed down with a Spanish wine.
For something completely different from your traditional Spanish tapas bar in London, this contemporary Indian restaurant is a front runner in the Indian tapas stakes. Offering a delicious range of small plates that put a contemporary twist on old favourites, you can even find the restaurant's own re-imagining of the Yorkshire pudding.
This smokey den is a tribute to those bustling Arabic markets, with fine food including tapas plates, Asian sharing platters among other tasty treats. With ornate lanterns, cosy booth seats, DJs every night and top quality cocktails blended by the finest mixologists, this is an all round great night out and some of the finest tapas in London.
Soak up Spanish wines and dig into sharing plates at this restaurant in the City. Whether you choose to dine alfresco on the terrace or cosy up at a table inside, you won't be diasppointed.