Best Whisky Bars in London
"Too much of anything is bad. Too much of good whisky is barely enough." Mark Twain
Discover the difference between Scotch and Bourbon, malt and grain whiskies, blended, single malt and cask strength whiskies at these notorious whisky bars in London. From the secret, discreet and romantic to the established and the historical, we're bringing you delicious drams left right and centre in our guide to the best whisky spots in the city.
When looking for whisky bars in London, you need the cool setting appropriate for the drink. Cue Black Rock, a contemporary and minimalist drinking space with enough quirks to keep you coming back for more. Most will be drawn by the 250 bottles of whisky displayed in their 'library', others for the 18ft, 185-year-old oak tree trunk that acts as an interactive cocktail ageing system in the centre of the room.
Get your whisky fix at Daffodil Mulligan in Shoreditch; where Jameson Black Barrel, Black Bush and Lambay Single Malt feature on the menu. Alongside classic Irish whiskeys, there's blends from around the world, as well as cocktails featuring the spirited stuff.
There's one important thing to remember when it comes to indulging in fine whisky in London, it's not all about quantity but rather the quality. Join The Luggage Room as they promise a back bar that boasts a varying selection of whisky bottles, ranging from the shores of Japan to the Scottish Highlands.
Home to over 101 whiskies, this unique basement bar in West Hampstead is one of the best places in London for firewater fans. Whether you're looking to nose a couple of drams or sample them in cocktail form, The Gallery's impressive list has got you covered on all bases.
Tucked away in the heart of Leadenhall Market, Old Tom's is a hidden gem of a bar serving a first-rate collection of whiskies in an atmospheric setting. With wall tiles dating back to the 19th century and lots of tasty cheese and charcuterie boards to soak up all that booze, swing by after work and pick out your favourite from 17 whisky brands ideal for a casual nightcap or indulging on a school night.
Don't let their gamers disguise fool you, just because The Four Quarters are all guns blazing when it comes to in-house entertainment, they also happen to be one of the best whisky bars in London. Host to over 50 bottles behind the bar, getting the best dram comes easy here.
The Blues Kitchen, one of the most famous whisky and blues bars in London, is renowned for Bourbons and Tennessee whiskies. The Blues Kitchen's staff will be on hand to find the right companion for you and your blues. They offer an affordable whisky experience, with the benefit of a bourbon club subscription, which rewards The Blues Kitchen elders by being firsts to sample all the different varieties on offer.
Head over to the Hilton Park Lane where 28th-floor bar 10° is housing an incredible whisky collection. With nips from across the globe on offer, you can grab drams from as far away as Canada and as close as the Highlands.
Chic, stylish and swish, Hush Mayfair is bringing private members club vibes without the price tag. Join the sophisticated venue for whiskies from around the world, including world-famous Japan, Scotland and America, all of which are perfect with one of their steak or seafood dishes.