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 9th January 2020

Mews of Mayfair

7 user reviews 4

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.

Bird of Smithfield

13 user reviews 4

Beefeater Gin Masterclass - 24th September 2019

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.


348 user reviews 4

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.

The Light Lounge

234 user reviews 5

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.

Swan at Shakespeare's Globe

1056 user reviews 4

River View Menu and 1 other offer

A short walk from London Bridge, this unique gastropub at The Globe offers world-class drinking and dining to match the theatrics taking place next door. Head to the bar for the chance to sample some of their innovative signature sips, from a rhubarb negroni to a orange-infused Show-Star Martini.


261 user reviews 5

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.

The Bloomsbury Club Bar

799 user reviews 5

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. 

With venues in bag-laden-staggering distance of some of London's best retail therapy spots, Steak & Lobster offers an exciting mix of cocktails and a sizeable wine selection, it's the ideal stopping-off point after a long day of shopping.

Dirty Martini Islington

10 user reviews 4

Extended Happy Hour this January

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.


793 user reviews 5

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!

Sophisticated drinks in London don't come much fancier than M Restaurant. The interior is all deep dark tones and sophisticated furnishings, making the perfect surroundings as you indulge in delicious food and even better wine. They even have their own dedicated wine tasting area, meaning you can make the most of their fantastic range before diving in.

Après-Ski Menu and 4 other offers

You're feeling swanky and seriously sophisticated, so it's right about time that you found a venue that reflects you perfectly. Join Searcys in St Pancras as the provide the ultimate, luxe drinking experience with plush seating, bottles of Champagne and oyster shucking to boot. 

Blind Spot

2 user reviews 5

A Continental Trail

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. 

The Tale Bar

8 user reviews 5

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!