Scandinavian Bars in London
While the Vikings may not have been the most civilised people to cross these shores, Scandinavians have brought us a number of great things since from IKEA, Swedish meatballs, ABBA, wife carrying championships and eh, death metal... However, there's also a great selection of Scandinavian bars and restaurants all throughout the capital so check out our recommended list of Scandinavian bars in London and try them out for yourself.
Lively and thoroughly entertaining, Nordic Bar is an authentic Scandinavian cocktail bar, just a stone's throw from Oxford Street. Serving a wide range of cocktails, beers and wine that will give you a fine taste of Scandinavia, it's the next best thing to visiting and experiencing the wonderful place yourself.
Paying respect to the owners Norwegian roots, Oslo in the heart of Hackney is an authentic Scandinavian experience not to be missed. With regular live music, traditional drinks and a 'dark Nordic' vibe with its eerie wooding and ominous folk characters, it definitely feels as though you've stumbled into Valhalla.
Blending the setting of a traditional English pub with Norwegian atmosphere, The Kenton have created a winning combination. A quirky place that is home to a mixed crowd of punters, it also offers a number of events from foreign film nights, DJ sets and quiz nights, and has truly created the best of both worlds.
Lisa's on Portobello Road brings a taste of Sweden to the already diverse streets of Notting Hill. Bursting with Swedish delights; they offer a wide selection of cocktails and play host to a number of seasonal events including a Summer Crayfish Party as well as live music every Friday.
Garlic and Shots really does what it says on the tin. Boasting over 101 different flavoured vodka shots, you're really spoilt for choice. And the garlic? Every meal you order comes with garlic, you're can't order without garlic but are free to have extra. A really unique venue in London that stays true to its roots, this is also evident in their taste of music as they've got quite the penchant for death metal.
Luxurious, refined and opulent, Hedone is one of Sweden's finest exports. Winner of many prestigious awards and awarded a Michelin star the last two years running, this West End restaurant has class but without the pretence. Serving a persistently modified menu of traditional and contemporary cuisine with the best-sourced ingredients possible, it's one of the capital's best dining experiences.
Fika is not only a great bar and restaurant in Shoreditch, but also a way of life. Meaning to enjoy the moment and escape the daily grind, its an imported philosophy which is taken momentum in London. Casual, friendly and welcoming, it's like one big family that grows bigger with every new customer.
Located in the heart of Marylebone, The Harcourt Arms is a popular haunt amongst locals and Swedish expats alike. This is mainly due to its love for sport, regularly broadcasting all the major (Swedish) sporting events throughout the year. This gives it a great allure and a better insight into Sweden's sporting world, whilst enjoying a selection of native drinks and cuisine.