This classy venue, with smart dining arrangements and the odd upholstered armchair, is a bright and inviting venue with a lot of spark. Fresh and modern, the food here matches the interior and comes in all shapes and forms, from rump steaks to fish and chips.
City Bars in London
From swanky city wine bars to stunning elegant city rooftops, these City bars happen to be among the best in the capital. A brimming hubbub of masterful mixology, hidden speakeasies and stunning restaurant bars, there's plenty of options for client meetings, after work drinking sessions or the occasional date night. When it comes to finding the best bars in the City of London, we highly doubt you'll be disappointed.
One of the City's best bars, the Gun offers some stunning interiors alongside a great selection of eats and extensive list of craft beers, wines and excellent cocktails. If you like a little history, swing by and see the site of King Henry VIII's weapons practice ground with its 17th Century decor.
Break free from that office and head straight to Forge, where the City comes to let its hair down. Loosen that belt because there's a feast to be had, with cider belly pork, racks of ribs and grilled steaks cooked to perfection, that can all be washed down with an ample drinks selection.
Head down to The Folly for a City bar that champions sophisticated design and a homely atmosphere. There is an impressive food menu, with brunch taking centre stage, alongside a varied drinks menu that'll encourage you to sink hours into this place.
Well established as one of the Square Mile's standout wine bars, Willy's offers traditional charm as well as a fine array of global wines. There's over 20 available by the glass and the staff are passionate about their craft; they'll help you pick out your perfect bottle with no fuss.
Whilst city has a reputation for being full of slightly overly swanky places to drink, Tank and Paddle comes in with all the stylish and contemporary finishes but not the pretentious price tag. Head on down for some of the finest in craft pints and pizza in the city.
Jamies Ludgate is a modern City bar made for stylish drinking and dining. The modern British fare and extensive wine list will keep you satisfied, while the convenient location and after work happy hours also make it a popular spot for after-work antics every night of the week.
When it comes to a unique City of London bar, we surely can't think of anywhere better than Simmons. Not only a quirky and kitsch wonderland of trinkets, textures and games consoles should the evening so take you, their cocktails are infamous and their happy hours are even better.
Just a few minutes walk from Bank station, The Anthologist is keeping you watered and fed at its sleek City bar and restaurant. Alongside an extensive wine list and some very pretty - and potent - cocktails, you'll also find snacks and bigger plates if you get peckish.
Based in the heart of the City of London, the Refinery is an all-day restaurant and bar that promises to cater to whatever need you might have. In true Drake and Morgan style, the venue boasts a menu of comfort food alongside a cocktail and drinks list that's sure to impress.
Get down and dirty at Dirty Martini, a cool city bar in London with a sexy interior and happy hour drinks deals to match. Open until late six nights of the week, this is the perfect place to grab a drink in Bishopsgate or in one of the kick-ass outposts in St Paul's and Monument.
Head to Bank where cosy cafe and bar Notes is bringing you elegant interiors, an stunning list of wines and live jazz music, not to mention some seriously swish coffee options too. It's an excellent choice for City revellers grabbing drinks or meeting clients.
Much like its Bishopsgate and Monument siblings, Dirty Martini St Paul's is the perfect escape from the trials and tribulations of the office. Come at quitting time and fill your boots with delicious martinis and signature cocktails, or drop in later for a little boogie with some of the city's top DJs.
This bar is a great shout for all kinds of get-togethers, from sophisticated dining to corporate meetings and after work drinks. A comprehensive selection of wines will keep you buzzing and the modern, trendy interior will welcome you in from the busy City streets.
In the mood for a boogie? For those seeking the perfect City party bar, this one could be it. Nestled under Cannon Street station's historic railway arches, this late night spot is filled with music lovers looking for some good tunes and any excuse to celebrate.
Demon, Wise & Partners brings a touch of west London swagger to the city. Found beneath the Arbitrager in the heart of the financial district, seek out this classic basement bar to enjoy your drinks in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere.
Balls Brothers Austin Friars brings a touch of relaxed elegance to the city's bar and restaurant scene. Serving up seasonal dishes from an open kitchen it's one beautiful space to eat, but there's a strong lineup of drinks if you're just here for a tipple or two.
Located in the iconic Barbican building, Osteria is an Italian eatery and bar serving rustic delights of Italy in a swanky and sophisticated setting. Head here to try one of their refreshing negronis, martinis or bellinis, as well as admiring their extensive handpicked wine collection.
There's plenty of reason to visit M if you're craving something extra. The restaurant specialises in steak, serving up cuts of meat from six different countries, which is complimented by wine and sides of the same country, alongside a top selection of mixed drinks in their cocktail bar.
Coin Laundry is covered with old-school ambiance and retro style, the restaurant has yellow hues and exposed wood throughout the entire venue. This City bar in Exmouth Market has a heavy menu of original craft cocktails with funky names that'll keep you wanting to try more.
Sitting pretty under one of London's biggest landmarks, The Sterling is a cool city bar in the shadow of the Gherkin. Head here for your after work local where you can enjoy their outdoor terrace as well as a spread of cocktails, wine and beer along with some top British nosh.
An easy walk from any of Monument, Cannon Street and Bank stations, The Vintry is a friendly city pub with excellent seasonal food and more than 170 wines from across the globe. Come by after work and find a buzzing scene, with workers letting off steam with a tipple or two.
The Drift can be found close to Aldgate tube station, on the ground floor of the Heron Tower. Great for business drinks, dinner dates and tasty cocktails, this stylish restaurant bar blends fine dining in the City with exquisite drinks and quirky surroundings.
With happy hours, food offers and a stylish young professional clientele, Patch St. Paul's is one of London's top City bars. Set over two floors and located by the iconic St Paul's Cathedral, the bar even has large doors opening to a cobbled lane that allows for dreamy alfresco drinking.
Take your City shenanigans to the next level at Aviary. Located on the tenth floor of the Montcalm hotel in Finsbury Square, this sleek cocktail bar is a cool for chilling out after work, with an enviable terrace to watch the sun go down, and stylish interiors for a more formal feel.
Located in the heart of the business district, this City bar is a popular after work retreat for those looking to wind down with a couple of glasses of vino. Thanks to an extensive collection of wines and its relaxing vibe, Jamies Minories is the perfect place for a social catch up or a quiet drink.
This City bar is laid back and friendly and has everything you need to relax anytime of the day (especially when the sun is out). While the large after work following keeps it busy in the evenings, it is a bit quieter in the afternoon making it perfect for business meetings and catch ups.
London's financial sector is in for a treat, with the Humble Grape offering a sleek, opulent venue for drinking wine in the heart of the City. Serving over 30 different types, guests can unwind after a stressful day with a carafe or two of their favourite international bottles.
The London Cocktail Club has created a reputation for its tasty cocktails and lively nights out. Their Monument bar is a must-see, inspired by Britain's most prestigious tailors from the 1970s with quirky props, pinstripe designs and subtle references to Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith.
Ditch your usual watering hole and venture to parts unknown, where The Leaf and Cane is serving up a sumptuous selection of tasty plates and gorgeous cocktails in the heart of the City. With an emphasis on rum and cigars, this is your ultimate after-work drinks destination.
A new bar and music venue from the team behind Old Street, Northcote and Venn Street Records, Eastcheap Records has set up shop on the corner of Lovat Lane to offer great tunes and performances every night of the week, as well as fun cocktails and delicious pizzas.
This gorgeous historic boozer is a great place for an after-work drink or a pub lunch while exploring the city. It's history can be seen around the space, with large wooden beams, vintage decor and a bar named after John Keats who was born in a stable where the pub now stands.
The Hydrant is a favourite for beer drinking, cocktail sipping and freshly made foods. Satisfying a traditional pubbing physique, this boozer mashes together contemporary design with English character so you can pull up a stool, have a pint passed to your hand and be in total comfort.
Located just seconds from Mansion House station, Juno Rooms is bringing you cracking cocktails, tasty lunches and stunning interiors in the heart of the City. Whether you're looking for after-work drinks or a date night spot, this is it.
The Listing is ne of the best bars in the City of London, found moments away from Monument station. Head to the botanical beauty for after work drinks, client meetings or date nights where European-inspired fare can be enjoyed indoors or on the outdoor terrace space.
The Tokenhouse is a modern City bar in Moorgate and offers a flexible, unpretentious space that's perfect for lunch or drinks. With its speakeasy bar vibe, the downstairs Cellar Bar offers an exciting change for those looking for a private hire space.
Head up to the 14th floor for this amazing bar in Aldgate which comes alive in the evenings and summer when guests take to the terrace. Open until 1am, Jin Bo Law has rooftop views and a bright interior, perfect for everything from after-work drinks through to date night.
Pop around the corner from Monument to unearth a chic basement bar serving some pretty spectacular martinis. There's an array of newbies and age-old classics to choose between, which are half price if you come during their extensive happy hours.
Looking out onto New Street Square with all its greenery, The Refinery is a charming bar with one of the best outdoor spaces in the city. Plonk yourself down at a table by the window or outside, and work your way through the extensive (and affordable) selection of cocktails and beers.
Pitch is a unique golf venue in the City where seasoned pros and absolute beginners can both enjoy an evening of interactive golfing. From a full Pitch and Putt 18 hole course to golf darts, there's plenty to explore as you hang out after a busy day.
Riverside views of the Shard and Tower of London are worth the trip to the Oyster Shed alone. Once inside, there's a fine glass of wine with your name on it, and a corker of a menu brimming with fresh British fare if you're looking to chow down within the bar's relaxingly airy ambiance.
Set over two floors, Kitty Hawk fuses New York style with the coolness of London. With wooden furnishings setting a homely tone, it creates one of the coolest places to drink in the city, made even better when exploring the Rothschild Estate wine selection.
Dirty Martini is partying hard again, this time in the City. Head down to venue, which has recently undergone a huge refurbishment, to drink signature mixes amongst seriously stylish decor as DJs play some of the best beats to get you shaking and the good times rollin'.
With splashes of NYC coming through via the exposed brickwork and cage-framed bar, Be at One in Guildhall is a great bar in London for drinks in the City. With areas or even the chance to hire the whole bar for a private event, its cool, welcoming and serves some delicious cocktails.
Relaxed by day, yet a haven for revelry by night - The Slug and Lettuce offer a little bit of everything in the centre of the city. There's all kinds of British fare up for grabs if you're after something to eat, with a good range of beer, wine, champagne and spirits for after work drinks.