Cocktail bars in London aren't hard to come by, but we doubt you've seen anything as sultry as King of Ladies Man. Sister bar to Clapham's Breakfast Club, head on down to this haunt for luxe and retro interiors, set alongside some of the most creative and delicious cocktails in the biz.
Hidden Gems In London
Want to hear a secret? So do we. This is why we've picked our brains to come up with a guide to undiscovered restaurants, secret bars, and quirky unknown city spots that will take you off the beaten track. Whether you're after a date night with a difference or simply want to escape the crowds, we're filling you in with our list of hidden gems in London - now just keep it on the dl, ok?
A sensual indulgence like no other, Looking Glass Cocktail Club is a secret bar in London that creates a world of drinking, debauchery, decadence and sheer eccentricity. Expect artfully crafted bespoke cocktails with live entertainment that is all sorts of weird and wonderful.
Tucked away behind the busy metropolis of London Bridge, The Hide Bar truly exudes a cool character. Mixing industrial touches with intimate table seating, the spot has dedicated itself to locality, with spirits largely London based. Need we say more?
The Gibson is definitely one of the most magical places in London to go for a drink. Unlike regular haunts, this cool spot allows you to time travel with their awesome range of bespoke concoctions; once you've chosen your cocktail you'll then receive the coordinates of your destination...
Found in a Grade II-listed building in Shoreditch, Dirty Bones is the place to go for impressive interiors and top-notch grub. But did you know it also has a hidden hip hop bar just behind? Get to know Roxanne, where NYC-inspired tunes and are paired with fantastic cocktails.
Megaro is a basement bar in Kings Cross that's created a reputation for itself thanks to its stunning cocktail menu and quirky decor. The venue's expert mixologists have really let their creative side shine, curating a menu of signature creations and spirit infusions.
The Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings might look like an idyllic bar, but it's got a bit of a secret. Have a wander around the bar, look behind a few pieces of furniture and you might stumble upon Below & Hidden, a secret basement bar based underneath the venue.
Inspired by alfresco Spanish dining, La Terraza is a cute, laid-back terrace in Canary Wharf where you can indulge in a range of scrumptious bites from Iberica. Chow down on cured meats, artisan cheeses and beautifully prepared mains, washed down with a glorious glass of vino.
Think you know Knightsbridge back to front? We bet you don't know about this place. The Hari Hotel Bar & Terrace is offering a relaxing place for a knees-up, with a cosy outdoor seating area, delicious cocktails and a laidback menu of first-class comfort food classics.
This little cracker, perched on the corner of Grosvenor Square, evokes the spirit of the roaring twenties with its chilled speakeasy vibes. Formerly a luggage room (the clue's in the title), this secret London bar goes beyond a hotel watering hole with date night vibes and incredible mixology.
Located in Fitzrovia, The Lucky Pig is an intimate cocktail bar that has bags of atmosphere, with retro furnishings and seriously hot DJ nights come the weekend. Head there for a night of cocktails and fun, before staying to party the night away.
While Old Mary's may look to be an unassuming pub in the heart of Notting Hill, it's the basement that makes it so special. Head downstairs to their cool and illicit bar for a delicious range of bespoke concoctions and nibbles.
Located behind a fairly non-descript door in the heart of Leicester Square, Opium is worth a visit. This discreet haunt serves a range of delicious Asian cocktails and equally compelling food with a contemporary twist.
If you're looking for hidden gems in London for food... it's bound to be in Brixton. Head down on the Victoria Line and stop off at Shrub and Shutter for interesting cocktails, along with unique small plates, which are complemented by quintessential British flavours.
The Murdér Express Part Deux - Jewel Of The Empire is an award-winning immersive dining experience, where you'll be transported to 1937. And guess what? A diamond has gone missing and a murder has taken place... Plus, while you enjoy the entertainment, indulge in a four-course meal.
When it comes to cool bars in London, this Peckham number is a quirky name above the rest. Not only can you join The Four Quarters for sizzling Americana inspired bites and cocktails, but there are also heaps of retro games consoles and a secret speakeasy bar in the basement.
This unique Hackney offering is located behind a working Mac repair shop. Fronting a stunning array of sips, as the name would suggest, the drinks here lean towards more natural ingredients, including herbal elements and foraged goods.
Located in a discreet archway, Banh Bao Brothers would be quite easy to miss. Serving up a huge menu of Vietnamese small plates and phos, this quirky restaurant is the perfect spot for a mid-week munch, washed down with a selection of Asian-inspired cocktails.
Retaining some of its secretive edge, WM Barker & Co is a hidden gem located underneath Bishopsgate. Known for knocking out a seasonal foray of creative concoctions, this haunt has a team of mixologists crafting some of the most unusual cocktails with foraged ingredients.
From seven-course brunches through to candy sweet cocktails, Bobby Fitzpatrick is one of the most unusual places to visit in London. This cool Hampstead hangout is sporting 70s vibes, with yellow wallpaper, ruby red sofas, and date night vibes.
Only a gold plaque on the wall reveals this bar. Descend into a lair of French-inspired interiors where Parisian chic mixes with desserts and cocktails - a match made in heaven. Make your way to this secret bar for ultimate indulgence and melt-in-the-mouth moments.
Perfecting a snug and intimate set-up with leather sofas, warm lighting and eccentric artwork on the walls, we only wish we had discovered The Den sooner. You'll find it inside the St. Martin's Lane hotel, welcoming those lucky enough to find it inside for a divine Afternoon Tea experience or just a few drinks from the bespoke G&T menu.
The Portobello Star is the, well, star of Notting Hill. The quaint boozer has been entertaining all sorts of individuals since 1740 and continues to deliver with handmade liquor and exotic cocktails, alongside premium beers and an atmosphere that attracts the coolest crowd around.
One of the best secret bars in the city and perfect for those that like their drinks with a dose of quirk, head on down to Call Me Mr Lucky for something a little off-the-wall. From cool cocktails to the kitsch interiors, this gem isn't one to be missed.
Away from the main bustle of Islington is The Narrow Boat; the only pub directly located on the Regent's Canal in the neighbourhood. Take a relaxed stroll along the water and stop by for an exciting range of boozy options, British food, and a balcony space that overlooks the water.
Roxanne is a hidden gem in Shoreditch that's mixing speakeasy vibes with laid-back hip hop culture, thanks to a lineup of DJs, vintage velvet sofas, original wood floors and vinyl. Better yet, there's 50% off drinks in happy hour.
Once a Chinese takeaway, Ruby's Bar and Lounge is discreet yet worth the hunt. Located in Dalston, this East London gem takes drinks on a trip back to the 70s and 80s, with fringed lamps, a retro playlist along with sugar-sweet cocktails that are far too quaffable.
Once an old boozer in Bethnal Green, this exposed brick watering hole has had a revamp to become one of the world's best cocktail bars. Find it not far from the station to discover a den of French ciders and classy cocktails.
Did you know that Camden is home to London - no - the world's only vampire-themed pizzeria? Oozing 80s nostalgia with plenty of quirky goings-on, Lost Boys Pizza & Croque Monsieur is an essential visit for pizza-lovers looking for something a little different.
Punch Room is a bar inspired by 19th century London, adorned with oak panelled walls, dark surfaces and rich textured furnishings. Head to this cool haunt that echos the style of a gentleman's library, for some punch bowl cocktails and top-notch spirits.
Hidden on a cobbled East London side street in Shoreditch, Callooh Callay is a true gem serving some of the best cocktails around. Make your way to this beautiful quirky bar for some fabulous live music and nibbles.