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 5th July 2017
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.
A hidden treasure below the multi-award winning pan-Asian restaurant with the same name, L'Etranger Piano Lounge is a late-night lounge dressed up with west London swagger. Found on the highly sought after Gloucester Road, this is a lush and decadent basement lounge ideal for everything from an aperitif to a late night tipple, or a complete gourmet experience.
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 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.
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.
With beautiful courtyard views and a prime position in the iconic Barbican building, Osteria is a swanky and sophisticated Italian bar and restaurant. The bar has an intimate and relaxed atmosphere with an impressive menu of Italian wines, as well as twists on the Martini, Negroni and Bellini.
It's in the details when it comes to The Devil's Darling in Shoreditch. The intimate bar is as beautiful inside as it is out with views over Finsbury Park and a huge painted mural behind the bar. Cocktails are inspired by classics, with bartenders choosing three daily specials that bring out the best in the vinyl music and intimate setting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
If you’re after sophisticated drinks in London, you can’t go far wrong than Japanese-French fusion restaurant L’Etranger. Not only is their menu packed with amazing fusion treats, among the restaurant’s many accolades is an award-winning wine list. The interior, also, is chic and minimalist, making it the perfect place to drink with friends.
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 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.
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.
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.
This highly secretive bar definitely has a classy air about it; with a fantastic Asian-inspired décor alongside a modern twist keeping it fresh. One of the best hidden gems in the city, join them for dim sum drenched plates and some of the most sophisticated cocktails in London.