Best Leicester Square Bars
Leicester Square is one of London's most famed districts, renowned for its cherished theatres, spectacular film premieres and some fabulous drinking and dining destinations. A popular destination for tourists yearning to explore the city's glittering nightlife and much loved by Londoners for its bustling atmosphere, Leicester Square is definitely a hot-spot for entertainment and dancing every night of the week. Karaoke, cocktails, night clubs or intimate DJ bars, you name it, Leiscester Square has it and we've got a list of the best to give you a little nudge in the right direction.
Last updated on 1st September 2016
Piano Soho is the sister bar of Piano Kensington bringing an exciting and lively mix of live jazz musicians and nightly performances in a sleek, modern interior. This Soho resident is a cool plot frequented by those looking for an ambient and elegant experience where smooth music and snazzy cocktails come as standard. The Piano Bar reignites a kind of Americana cool channeling jazz age vibes and swing music classics.
A grand casino in the centre of Leicester Square, the Hippodrome Casino boasts six bars (with 24 hour license), a restaurant and a 24-hour food service. What more could you ask for? There's cabaret nights, live music, spectacular entertainment and a glamorous 1930s styled bar. This lavish venue is a space for the cocktail lounger or cheeky gambler to revel in.
Nestled at the heart of the West End’s famous social setup, you’ll find Scarlet’s in pole position on Upper St. Martin’s Lane. The venue is self-styled as “Covent Garden’s sassy sister” and there’s all sorts of antics going on here. Come for a relaxing brunch, enjoy a wallet-friendly lunch deal or dinner and cocktails, with the party vibes continuing until 3am, six days a week.
Opium is a Leicester Square bar that merges New York speakeasy with a taste of the Orient. They deliver seasonal Oriental themed cocktails exploring and mixing a large variety of authentic Chinese ingredients in an inspired Asian luxe setting. This cocktail parlour cum Dim Sum den is a lair of mixology mastery and unique tastes paired with sumptuous Asian cuisine.
Piccadilly Institute is renowned as one of London's biggest party palaces with six different bar areas each individually themed to explore and playing a selection of commercial/pop hits, hip hop and R'n'B tunes. With a late licence and one hell of a rosta of international DJs behind the sound system, this Leicester Square venue is a heaving night life spot where drinks, dancing and general debauchery come as standard.
This 1930's glamour inspired bar is a stylish venue with live performances, previously host to Tom Jones, Judy Garland and other famous names, so you can be thoroughly entertained as you sip or nibble. Choose a cosy booth seat or grab a table overlooking the casino and enjoy the thrill of a night full of activity.
This boutique bar is a West End hit for those looking for a place to bust some shapes on the dance floor. Every night welcomes a weird and wonderful theme, with anything from Cowboys and Cowgirls to Where's Wally making an appearance. Bar Rumba is a Leicester Square hot spot for a a good party and some hella long happy hours
The epitome of a fun time London bar, Zoo is the perfect place to get your mates together for a lively night of drinking and dancing until the early hours. In the heart of Leicester Square, this bar attracts a young party crowd with an opulent bar area and large clubbing spec where music to the beats of commercial, house, hip hop and R'n'B is played out every weekend.
Ruby Blue is a sumptuous bar of dark decors and warm, low lighting features creating a intimate space perfect for some after work drinks or late night shenanigans. Fantastic views over Leicester Square can be appreciated form the outdoor terrace making this lounge bar a hubbub of entertainment and budget friendly boozing.
The Slug and Lettuce is always a charming eatery you can rely on for some tasty treats and cheeky cocktail deals, knowing the novelty of boozing on a budget in London. Showing all the biggest sporting showdowns on their three massive projector screens, this Leiscester Square Slug and Lettuce is a great hangout to knock back some bargain drinks and yummy foods.
A secret bar within a secret bar, Peony is all about Chinese decor, cocktails in teapots and dim sum. The bar close to Leicester Square is housed in Opium and is the perfect place for some classy post-theatre cocktails or sake.
Sassy and sexy, Leicester Square's Light Lounge is a popular Soho spot for those that know about it. Discreetly tucked away towards the Covent Garden side, The Light Lounge exudes an essence of exclusivity with its sharp members-only feel, and as the free-flowing cocktail classics and creative concoctions sweep you to the dance-floor, you are sure to celebrate the weekend in style.