Great Bars in London

There's a huge slew of bars in London all competing for your attention so it's worth doing your research to make sure you aren't spending your precious pennies in somewhere that's just average. Here, we've helpfully put together a list of the best bars in London that won't leave you disappointed. From funky Cuban bars to luxurious cocktail bars and exclusive bars in Mayfair, these are a few of the really great bars in London.

Last updated on 16th January 2019

The Long Acre

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Looking for a great night out in Leicester Square where the music is on high and the cocktails are ever flowing? Then meet your night out mistress, The Long Acre. Perfect for birthday shindigs, evening drinks and dinner alike, The Long Acre is a great bar in London thanks to its bustling atmosphere and quirky interiors. 

Basement Sate

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This quirky bar, Soho's most sophisticated secret, is a fabulous addition to the list of great bars in London. With Parisian chic drooling from the polished wooden surfaces and the plush leather armchairs, relax in a haven of luxury. Order a decadent dessert plate prepared by top chefs or sip a tasty tipple conceived by the experts in mixology.

The Hollywood Arms

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The Hollywood Arms provides a luxurious setting for trendy Chelsea residents to enjoy a few cocktails or an evening meal out. With its flamingo wallpaper and heavy draped curtains, it takes its decor straight from an upmarket home design magazine, making it one of the quirkier bars in Mayfair. Book now as it gets busy!


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Not only making a name for itself in the Shoreditch area, Trapeze has already turned a few heads all the way across the capital. A circus themed venue that boats a cocktail bar on the ground floor and a buzzing basement club downstairs, it's definitely one of the best openings in recent times. 

Drink Shop & Do

476 user reviews 4

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Very few things in life are certain, but swing by Drink, Shop & Do and you'll almost definitely find something fun is taking place. The King's Cross hangout offers a great range of light bites to eat and an equally decent list of drinks, but it's their fantastic entertainment packages that really put this place on the map. Recent events include "Speed Listening", a revolutionary approach to speed dating, and "Learn to Twerk Dance Classes", which we're pretty sure is self-explanatory... 

1920 Bar

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This stylish Farringdon haunt is a real all-rounder. Swing by after work for a hard-earned cocktail or two, pop over for a few games of pool with your mates, throw some elaborate dance moves when their DJs come on the scene, or host a private function and get a bit of everything thrown in at once. Lively, sophisticated and friendly all at once, 1920s is a must visit if you're in the Clerkenwell area.

The Luggage Room

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To call this luxurious cocktail bar a 'hotel bar' doesn't do it justice. Sure, it is technically a branch of the swish London Marriott on Grosvenor Square, but there's absolutely no doubt that this place could stand alone as one of Central London's finest watering holes. There's a prohibition vibe to the place, which serves up stylish cocktails in really decadent surroundings.

Crazy Bear Fitzrovia

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If you're out to impress, you wouldn't go wrong with a trip to the Crazy Bear Fitzrovia - which has quickly cemented its reputation as one of the best Fitzrovia bars. With its red velvet staircase, intimate leather booths and crystal cocktail glasses, it's the perfect place to indulge in a few decadent cocktails. Make sure to reserve yourself a place.


236 user reviews 4

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If it's a homely haven you want, a sweet retreat from those manic streets in the middle of Covent Garden, then you've found the right venue. This sophisticated cafe is a floral paradise of soft hues and delicate decor. Serving the cutest of cocktails, such as the Lavender Love which contains lavender syrup, peach puree and Absolut citron, enjoy some botanical booze in the most relaxing of vibes. 

Punch bowl sized cocktails, specialist mixologists and an oak paneled room? That would be what you'll find at The Punch Room, a timeless favourite London bar where you can douse yourself in classic supping and brooding atmospheres. Hidden in the London Edition Hotel she's a beauty for intimate drinks and vintage tinkerings.


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We won't lie, Opium isn't the easiest venue to locate in the world. Located behind a fairly non-descript green door in China Town, this chic hangout plays host to three floors of amazing Asian cocktails and food with a contemporary London twist. A little hard to find, sure, but boy is it worth searching for.

Ruby's Bar and Lounge

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Famous for it's irresistibly vibrant atmosphere and exceptional cocktails, Ruby's in Dalston is an intimate retreat that has established itself as one of the capital's hottest drinking dens. With signature cocktail Blackberry Mojitos served in original 1940's Manchester milk bottles and the passion fruit Bison Vodka Juleps coming in tin cups, Ruby's unique vibe attracts visitors from all over London.

The London Cocktail Club is another of the bars on this list who are easily one of the best cocktail bars in London. This basement bar brings together some of London's greatest cocktail makers in a laidback and unpretentious drinking den to sample 'Gastro Mixology' such as squid ink sours or oyster bombs. Reserve a space in advance. 

The Escapologist

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Based at the HQ of the secret society that ran Victorian London, The Escapologist is part modern-day Victorian men's club, part Masonic Lodge. It's one of Covent Garden's true treasures, offering a refined cocktail list, cheese-drenched pizzas and bottle service with guests having their own secret lockers in a beautifully designed basement space.