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 14th May 2019




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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.

Purl

23 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.

The Perception at W London

100 user reviews 4

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.

Queen of Hoxton

39 user reviews 4

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Meander your way through the streets of Shoreditch and land just shy of Liverpool Street for one of the most unique bars in East London. Not only brimming with teasing DJ floors, photobooths and urban interiors, Queen Of Hoxton boast a roof garden that would be just silly to miss out on.

Oriole

1567 user reviews 5

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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.

Flight Club Bloomsbury

1378 user reviews 5

Book a lunch table for a group of 6 or more & we’ll treat you to a bottle of prosecco!*

There are plenty of places to play darts in London, but none are quite like Flight Club. From their state of the art dartboards and games down to their pizza and quirky interiors, get an eye full and stick around for that all imporant bullseye. 

Nightjar

2216 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.

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.

Drink Shop & Do

604 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 Bootlegger

24 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. 

The Last Tuesday Society

138 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. 

ICEBAR London

26 user reviews 4

As London's only permanently frozen venue, ICEBAR London 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.