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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.
A truly unique drinking den, Fitrz's boasts an extravagant eye for detail with its art deco decor, fancy furnishings and creative cocktail menu inspired by Bloomsbury's most intriguing free spirits, both past and present.
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.
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.
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.
One of Marylebone's most unique restaurant bar concepts, XR deals in some seriously sublime small plates, alongside a stunning selection of fine wines and carefully crafted signature cocktails.
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.
For a real taste of elegance, this nice London bar offers stunning interiors, delicious cocktails and an extensive list of wines and spirits. If you're looking for a bit to eat, the kitchen rolls out an eclectic selection of Asian and South American-inspired dishes and snacks.
Looking for somewhere with an understated cool vibe? Anthracite is just the spot, wt its sultry dark interiors and floor to ceiling windows. The best part? Its menu boasts an extensive collection of classic and re-worked martinis, giving off pure Bond vibes.
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.
London's first ever dedicated prosecco bar has everything you need for sophisticated drinks, whether it's posh interiors, a delicious array of sparkling wine and associated cocktails, or Italian meats, cheeses and small plates.
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.
If you aren't here for their magnificent array of delicious British dishes and mouth-watering steaks, then head to their stylish cocktail bar, where they serve up a range of fantastic cocktails in sophisticated surroundings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Offering a stunning selection of decadent drinks, this Kensington bar and restaurant brings you some delicious cocktails to get stuck into, from their signature sips to their takes on the classics, alongside some great wines to crack on to.
The Perception Bar is perfect for any kind of night, whether that's feasting on their delicious dishes conjured by their chef in residency, or sipping on wonderful cocktails surrounded by the stunning interior.
Travel up to the fourth floor and find the Capeesh Sky Bar, where you can sip on amazing hand-blended cocktails created from high-end liquors and delicious Italian canapes, all while enjoying panoramic views of London.
If you're looking for an extra touch of elegance for a date night night, celebratory dinner or client meeting, Cabotte is sure to be a winner. Pairing stunning French dining with fine wines from across the country, it really is an exquisite location.
Sophistication is the name of the game at Jack Solomon's, a proper speakeasy boasting old school charm from their amazing cocktails, to their wonderful velvet-decked sofas. Hide away in the corner or enjoy their live music on the dance floor; whatever the night holds, it's for you.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Don't let the glamorous interiors fool you: Disrepute has a bit of a sordid history. Head underground to this sophisticated bar and not only will you enjoy some spectacular cocktails, but also might stumble on a bit of history.
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.
A dreamy location, right in the heart of Bloomsbury, The Leopard Bar offers a unique array of signature cocktails and fine wines. Indulge in something a little on the fancier side with their decadent drinks, and treat yourselves to some tasty snacks from their bar menu.
With over 120 varieties of wine on offer, a central London location and dreamy interiors to end all dreamy interiors - The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas ticks all our date night destination boxes.
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!