Bucket List Bars in London

London's influx of hot to trot bars makes it the place to be seen drinking for revellers across the globe. With swanky haunts that have won more awards than we've had hot dinners, to unassuming basement joints that you'd love to pick up and put in your pocket, we've got it all. We've constructed a squad of venues that you absolutely must visit before you die, guaranteed to give you more of a thrill than climbing a mountain or throwing yourself out of an aeroplane.

Last updated on 25th July 2018




Fusing the charm of Victorian squalor with the grace of a magnificent gin palace, Worship Street offers a refined drinking experience indeed. The cornerstone for any gin-lover's bucket list, this candlelit Shoreditch bar even features its own Dram Shop, home to a library of 100 year old, wax sealed bottles of the spirit.

Aviary

77 user reviews 4

Those of you looking for a special bar in London shouldn't miss out on the likes of Aviary. Not only toting some of the best views in the city, this sweeping rooftop bar is sure to dazzle with their food offering and luxurious cocktails. 

The Bootlegger

21 user reviews 4

Any bar bucket list worth its salt will have at least one hidden, prohibition-styled number. And that's where The Bootlegger comes in. Doused with 1920s glamour, this underground den in the heart of the City not only promises live jazz and Americana eats, but also a deliciously-boozy cocktail list, comprising of classic drinks and bespoke concoctions. 

Drink Shop & Do

390 user reviews 4

All good “need to try” lists will naturally feature Drink Shop & Do, where wonderfully quirky events are the norm. Past events have included Lego Robot Making, Play With Clay Lionel Richie Style and even a Learn To Twerk Dance Class. All you need is a carefree approach and an aptitude for trying new stuff.

The Last Tuesday Society

25 user reviews 5

Quirky by nature, The Last Tuesday Society is a bar that encourages its guests to follow their most creative thoughts down the winding rabbit holes of their imagination. Filled with intriguing knick-knacks and wonderful furnishings, the bar's baroque cocktail list will keep you well-watered as you explore the venue's many mysteries. 

Nightjar

1345 user reviews 4

Winner of our prestigious Best Bar of 2016 award, the Nightjar is London's ultimate speakeasy. As you climb down their rustic staircase, the venue opens up to reveal an enchanting 1920s hideout, complete will candlelit tables, tin cup cocktails and the smooth, quavering sounds of London's finest jazz musicians.

Purl

22 user reviews 4

Next stop is this pioneering speakeasy bar in Marylebone. Utilising aroma, fog, foam and liquid nitrogen, the guys at Purl succeed in breathing a fresh lease of life into forgotten cocktails from the Prohibition era. Sit back, take in the broody ambience, and prepare to embark on a treat for all the senses.

If you ever wanted to find a truly London bar, The Perception Bar is it. Their interiors are stunning (and the lighting is simply perfect for Instagram), while their food – supplied by a resident chef – is a must. The cocktails complete the deal, with a creative menu full of tasty mixed drinks that compliments the calibre of music played by their DJs.

Magic Roundabout

242 user reviews 4

While drinking atop a roundabout could get you in trouble on any other occasion, it's going to make your year this time around. Join the Magic Roundabout as they sit pretty atop Old Street for roaring nights of DJs, pop-up street food, cocktails and plenty more. One to tick off the bucket list? You betcha. 

Iris Bar By Searcys

128 user reviews 4

Preparefor some of the most stunning views in the city. That's right, you can book a table at the indulgent and unique Searcy's atop the Gherkin. Known for its sweeping 360 degree views of the city, if you don't tick this off of your bar bucket list then you're simply not doing London right.

The Four Quarters

8 user reviews 5

Your London bar bucket list wouldn't be complete without somewhere to unleash your inner gaming demon now would it? We didn't think so either. One of the most unique bars in Peckham, not only will The Four Quarters cater to all of your cocktail needs, there's pop-up dining and some of the best arcade machines in the business.

Belowzero Ice Bar

23 user reviews 4

As London's only permanently frozen venue, Belowzero in the West End is a phenomenon that must be witnessed. Cool in all meanings of the word, the bar is constantly kept at a refreshing -5°C. Serving delectable alcoholic concoctions and ice-cold beers, you'll feel as if you're in the heart of Narnia at this wonderfully weird haunt.

Oriole

1108 user reviews 5

Nightjar has been hailed as one of the best bars in the world more than once, so what if their reputation found its way to another London venue? Introducing, Oriole. A stunning and vintage supping space, head on down for some of the most unique cocktails in the business set alongside an enviable roster of live music.

NOLA

105 user reviews 4

Nola showcases everything great about the city of New Orleans from its Bethnal Green hub. Hiding away inside a former Thai restaurant, head right this way if you're after classic Stateside cocktails and a fair few signature mixes to boot, with a Jazz and Blues soundtrack to serenade you and some tasty Cajun and Creole treats.