Sophisticated Drinks in London

If there's something London can offer, it's spots for classy and sophisticated drinks. There's everything from high fashion hotspots, glamourous members only clubs, to more funky contemporary lounges and bars. London is one of the best cities in the world, attracting rich, famous and everyday people alike wanting to experience nightlife in style. Here are some recommendations of places to go for sophisticated drinks; where everything from the décor and atmosphere, to the drinks and the people exude elegance and charm.

Last updated on 21st September 2016

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Opium

32 user reviews

This highly secretive bar definitely has a classy air about it; with a fantastic Asian-inspired décor alongside a modern twist keeping it fresh. Book online now to join the 'in-the-know' crowd for some sophisticated drinks in the heart of China Town!

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Soho

Crazy Bear Fitzrovia

8 user reviews

Step into Crazy Bear Fitzrovia and leave the real world behind! Here you'll be dining and drinking in a stunning venue amongst some of the most creative and sophisticated people in the capital. Don't miss this stunning bar, as it's a great spot to enjoy some sophisticated drinks!

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Fitzrovia

Bird of Smithfield

6 user reviews

Housed in a resplendent Georgian townhouse, Bird of Smithfield is an elegant private hire space also suited to dinner and cocktails. Pick yourself out one of their signature blends and make yourself comfortable in a location known for its tweed touches and chic Porta Romana lamps; there’s a stunning rooftop terrace with views looking out across the market if you’re looking to soak in some rays.

Happily Affordable ££
Farringdon

The Bloomsbury Club Bar

1 user reviews

Boasting an envious locale and an exceptional selection of the very best wines from around the globe, The Bloomsbury Club Bar is the ideal spot for drinks in the city. To complement said selection, this laid-back lounge bar also offers up a menu of classic British plates to satiate even the most sophisticated palates. 

Happily Affordable ££
Soho

The Light Lounge

14 user reviews
The Light Lounge
2-4-1 Cocktail or Bottled Beer

Sleek and sassy, Leicester Square's Light Lounge is a sophisticated, yet sexy saloon for you to congregate in with comrades after a long week's work. From its gregarious, glitzy-glam interior and creative cocktail menu to its magical musical melodies, including trendsetting disco tracks, expect The Light Lounge to fill you up with funk and glee.

Happily Affordable ££
Leicester Square

Sophisticated, elegant, refined, all fitting terms to describe The Attic at Pan Peninsula in Canary Wharf. The interior design is flawless, the food and drinks on offer amazing and the 360 degree panoramic views are just spectacular. An all-round impressive spot, you'll see yourself going again and again.

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Canary Wharf

The Met Bar

7 user reviews

The Met Bar in Mayfair can only be described as the epitome of chic and sophistication, where even it's location screams exclusivity. The simple décor and muted colours leaves nothing flashy or tacky in this place and serves to highlight the sophistication of the crowd.

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Mayfair

The Luggage Room

11 user reviews

Looking for a charm filled and delightful evening of classy drinks in London!? Then head over to The Luggage Room, as part of the five star London Marriott Hotel. This decadent 1920's style cocktail bar will have you feeling like you've traveled back in time, to the era of flapper girls and vintage glamour.

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Mayfair

Mews of Mayfair

1 user reviews

Tucked away in an historic courtyard and filled with antique furnishings, Mews of Mayfair brims with decadence and style. Start in the cocktail bar - the space known for its deep leather sofas and Mad Hatter Queen Anne chairs - for a taste of signature cocktails and vintage champers, before heading downstairs for further drinks in the buzzing basement lounge.

Happily Affordable ££
Mayfair

Long Bar Sanderson Hotel

9 user reviews

Come to this 'Urban Spa' for an evening of innovative cocktails in surroundings designed to impress. The sleek, tranquil and elegant feel of Long Bar attracts everyone from young hip Londoners to A-list crowds to have a sophisticated drink in this smart modern venue.  

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West End

Burlock

0 user reviews
Burlock
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Taking its inspiration from the 1920s Havana heydays, Burlock is a cavernous rum bar with over 200 bottles of the spirit to its name. Dabble in a couple of cocktails or take a shot neat, the quality is excellent and there’s a hearty selection of both Cuban and Caribbean food to soak up all that booze. Look out for the Havana-styled barber shop that doubles as a drinking den and a unique happy hour offering that runs from open ‘til close.

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Marylebone

Smith & Whistle

0 user reviews

Oozing class and elegance, Smith & Whistle is the cocktail bar nestled in the heart of the Park Lane hotel in Mayfair. Sophisticated supping is on hand here where a space of 1920s vintage style makes way for some ultimately tailored mixology by the suave bartenders. Sup on the best of spirits and enjoy the amorous atmosphere is this cocktail bar. 

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Mayfair

The Tale Bar

8 user reviews

This classy Playboy Club has been given a refreshing lift! Head to Salvatore at experience the beautiful and extravagant bunnies in their traditional waitress uniforms, in a modern and sleek venue. Nothing says sophisticated drinks like the vintage cocktails at Salvatore; they are made from only the finest liquors, some of which dates back to around the 18th century!

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Mayfair

Dirty Martini Islington

3 user reviews

Suave and opulent, Dirty Martini in Islington offers guests a brilliant spot to relax and unwind in. The team behind this successful brand have established a reputation for consistently serving up irresistible cocktails. Armed with an arsenal of spice, fruits and international spirits, creativity definitely isn’t lacking behind the bar. Relax, unwind and party in style at this sophisticated cocktail bar.

Happily Affordable ££
Islington

The Chelsea Prayer Room

11 user reviews

At this stylish bar you can enjoy a relaxed night with speakeasy vibes. The Chelsea Prayer Room is technically members only, but you can book exclusively with DesignMyNight and gain access to this sophisticated bar in West London; that way you'll get to have their cocktails made from mysterious unbranded bottles all for yourself!

Happily Affordable ££
Kensington

Baranis

16 user reviews
Baranis
Aperol Spritz's at £8

Everything from the delicate cocktails to the contemporary décor makes Baranis a top choice for sophisticated drinks in London. The plain brick walls and wood floors mixed with splashes of colour, like bright yellow columns and deliberately miss-matched furniture, leaves the glamorous crowd mingling with a distinctly chic Southern France vibe.

Happily Affordable ££
Embankment

The deep purple of the walls and furniture along with a shocking blue bar, Queen Anne chairs, draping curtains and dim lighting gives The Purple Bar a mysterious and outer-worldly feel you just have to check out! Easily one of London's top sophisticated drinking spots.

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West End

NY-LON Lounge Bar

0 user reviews

Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines are to thank for this swanky collaboration inside the O2 Arena. The NY-Lon Lounge is a cosmopolitan celebration of NYC and London, impressing guests with first class service and a head-turning choice of cocktails and nibbles. The venue is available for private hire across the week and boasts three stunning spaces; including a VIP Lounge with four separate booths and a Secret Meeting Room complete with a flying carpet centrepiece table.

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Greenwich

Blind Spot

1 user reviews

Dim lighting, wonderfully detailed furniture and an elegant golden bar, Blind Spot in Soho is a cocktail lounge bar that's quickly become a favourite for Central London's eager revellers. Alongside the line-up of DJs, the team of trained bar staff use their years of experience and eye for creation to blending and mix a range of ingredients together, producing a list of quirky concoctions that perfectly complement the bar's sophisticated, almost-arrogant attitude. 

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Leicester Square

Mare Moto

5 user reviews

Working on a budget? Mare Moto in Fulham is ideal for those of you who want to have a luxurious night out but aren't prepared to pay a fortune for it. This trendy bar promises sophistication in food and drinks while staying at a reasonable price.

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Fulham

Purl

16 user reviews

If you're in search for some theatrics while you enjoy your sophisticated drinks, then Purl is the place for you. The experienced mixology staff will do their best to shock you while creating impressive experimental concoctions.

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Mayfair

Not only is the Palm Beach Casino a world-renowned gaming destination where you can ensure a VIP experience that will take you through the late hours, but it's also a high profile cocktail club where skilled bartenders await. Sup in ultimate style and complete sophistication at this swanky cocktail bar in London. 

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Mayfair

Reform Social & Grill

1 user reviews

Classy, sophisticated, and reformed. It's no surprise Reform Social & Grill is the perfect place to sip on an old-fashioned cocktail. The tall leather booths and seats are gentlemen's club inspired and the menu has a classical influence. London is flourishing with new, quirky, different bars to kick back at but there are classics for a reason.

Happily Affordable ££
Mayfair

Playboy Club London

1 user reviews

A world famous venue needing no introduction, get yourself to The Playboy Club’s Baroque Bar for a night of live music, great food and champagne towers tended by those iconic bunnies. There’s a whole host of classy facilities and rooms to explore, and it’s not an experience exclusively reserved for members, either.

Splash the Cash £££
Mayfair

Fitted with leather Chesterfields, art deco finishes and bespoke furnishings, The Distillery is Bankside’s destination bar. It’s part of the opulent London Hilton hotel; welcoming hotel guests and young professionals alike for quality drinks and excellent bar snacks. Pull up a seat and enjoy a signature cocktail list mixed with homemade infusions and bitters at this chic central London bar.

Happily Affordable ££
Central London

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