Fashionable Bars in London
London is blessed with some of the most sought after nightlife in the world; so if you like to enjoy a tipple against the backdrop of somewhere trendy and cool, you are in the right place. With cocktail dens, speakeasy vibes and a whole host of unique, stylish venues, here's our list of the very best fashionable bars in London.
Last updated on 14th November 2016
Sister to the infamous Nightjar, Oriole is an expression of international influence and design that incorporates style from all over the globe. With values hard wired into the exquisite service and offerings the echo the sophistication of the 20s, 30s and 40s, Oriole is an undeniably stylish London bar for atmospheric suppinng whilst relishing in demure finishes.
Spanning nearly 80 feet and boasting dramatic style, the Long Bar at the Sanderson Hotel is an iconic bar in London for an experience that's completely stylised and chic from start to finish. The glowing onyx bar is something of an art feature itself radiates modern elegance and stands as the perfect place for a top class cocktail.
Precise measurements and fridge of only home made cocktail components has made White Lyan quite the fashionable place to drink in London. Leading innovative mixology, Mr Lyan has created a whole new approach to developing concoctions with his own library of spirits and ingredients forming the base. Sup on something wholly unique at this inconspicuous Hoxton resident.
Taking on the clean, modern aesthetics of Japanese style, Kouzu is an authentic Asian restaurant adding to the burgeoning food scene in Victoria. Experience their white dining room of culinary finesse and contemporary grandeur whilst you tuck into hand crafted plates of Japanese cuisine and killer cocktails at this fashionable restaurant bar in London.
A dedicated wine bar and deluxe cocktail lounge all at the same time, 68 & Boston comes into our top collection of fashionable places to drink in London with its suave interiors and classic 'old world' interiors. Music over hand selected vineyard labels or head upstairs where you'll discover the 'Boston Bar' stashed away and dealing solely in timeless mixology.
Going by a cafe façade by day, Drink Shop & Do is a charming King's Cross venue for socialising and dabbling in all manner of arts, crafts and bespoke events. If you head over by nightfall, there's a basement bar decked out with cool furnishings and dark accents making for one stylish London bar with a DJ booth ready to slam out some tunes.
Having achieved a remarkable level of success with the White Lyan in Shoreditch, Ryan Chetiyawardana now turns his attention to South London, opening the equally vibrant Dandelyan on the first floor of the Mondrian Hotel. Serene and opulent in every way, the bar staff here have taken a leaf out of the White Lyan book, twisting classic recipes in wonderful ways and serving a selection of intriguing concoctions. With rich marble and boasting amazing views of the River Thames, a night at this spot certainly won't disappoint.
This boutique London bar goes by much acclaim as one of the best in the world, so it's no doubt it's in our best picks for bars with that extra flare. You'll need to plan in advance to get a reservation as this bookings only bar, but if experiencing some bygone 1920s stylings, live period music and some of the most innovative speakeasy tailored cocktails is on your bucket list, then do it now.
The oriental wonderland of Opium is one of London's coolest bars for some authentic Chinese cuisine and Asian inspired mixology. In the heart of Chinatown, discover this hidden palace of sumptuous dim sum dishes and hand crafted drinks to find yourself in one of the most talked about (in hushed tones) parlours in London.
It's the secret Jub Jub room that we're here for. Follow us into Shoreditch resident, Callooh Callay and hidden behind a wardrobe you'll step into what can only be described as a futuristic/70s take on Narnia. There's a comic book cocktail menu and plush purple furnishings to match a this unusual place to drink in London.
Re-imagining the elegance of the Jazz Age from America's southern districts New Orleans and Louisiana, stepping into NOLA is like discovering a time capsule of vintage allure and strong, hard liquors. Take a seat in their quilted leather booths or at intimate tables in their saloon style setting and taste some of the most prolific cocktails in the world at this fashionable London bar.
Without doubt one of London's most fashionable bars is The Luggage Room, a side-chamber of the plush London Marriott Hotel. This 1920's style cocktail bar effortlessly exudes quality in every way, with an exquisite cocktail list supported by no ordinary list of bar snacks. For a real VIP-feel head to the this dashing venue in the heart of Mayfair.
Transforming what was once a pubic conveniences, the Bermondsey Arts Club fuses creative vision with the simple elegance of the 30s. Keeping to simple design, clean white walls are accented by dark geometric images in this art-deco inspired London bar. Cocktails come of the meticulous and bespoke fashion here so slip into this subterranean for what promises to be a unique cocktail bar in London.
Throw yourself into the roaring buzz of Steam and Rye where the extravagance of 40s America comes to life in the heart of London. A place where glittering gals dance atop the bar, waltz through the crowd with sparklers and where the music will take you back to the vintage trills of a Hollywood stage, Steam and Rye is a quirky bar in London.
Located in the centre of Chelsea in a luxurious restaurant is a truly intimate venue which operates on a need-to-know basis. We always need to know and we know you do too. And so the secret of The Chelsea Prayer Room is passed on. Whilst technically it's a members only bar we can get you in with some sneaky powers of persuasion so you can revel in the glamorous tipples of this most unknown, yet trendy London bar.
With only a modest gold plaque to reveal its location, this sought after Soho bar guides you into a basement layer of patisserie indulgence and expert cocktail craft to match. Of all London dessert bars, Basement Sate is a sweet sensation of understated Parisian style with a classic vintage edge where you can satiate your palate on puddings and divine drinks.
To enjoy a plethora of stylish cocktails in one of Camden's coolest cocktail bars, look no further than Simmons. Guests gaze at the catalogue of quirky artefacts that adorn the walls whilst they wait for cocktail - which is served in a vintage tea-pot. Don't miss out on this effortlessly fashionable hang-out, their 5 hour long happy hour is begging to be messed with.
A well known haunt on London's night life block, Dirty Martini are a force of ultra stylish places to drink in London. Profound in the art of Martini making and delivering swanky interiors, Dirty Martini is a favourite for silky mixology and partying with a dash of luxe. The Islington plot is a sophisticated spot for lounging and schmoozing.
A charming townhouse in Islington ash been transformed into one of London's trendiest bars boasting lush interiors and three floors of whimsical fun. You'll find all manner of dedicated rooms to tickle your fancy for the evening, from their party Parlour, to their classic Library and Drawing room as well as a 3rd floor decadent Ballroom making for one antique-turn-picturesque designed venue.
Destined for greatness in Marylebone, Purl is an underground speakeasy taking cocktail making into the world of the theatrical and molecular mixology. Bartending is a next level business down here where the dapper realm of 20s charm meets inventive alchemy and experimental tactics to create some incredible cocktails in one fashionable London bar.
The London Cocktail Club legend is one of great esteem in this city. It's something of an institution for razzle dazzle cocktails, bartending showmanship and some seriously strong concoctions to knock back. Decked out by one of the city's top graffiti artists, the LCC in Goodge Street is where a selection of the city's finest bartenders congregate to showcase their talents at this cool London bar.