Top 10 Bars in London
When it comes to London bars there are so many to choose from; speakeasies, cocktail bars, basement bars, rooftop bars, hotel bars, the list really is endless. To make the 'Top 10' a bar would need something special, unique even, that makes them the real deal. After much deliberation we've come up with our recommended list for the Top 10 Bars in London, these places will charm you and keep you coming back for more, which is exactly why they've made our prestigious list.
Last updated on 24th October 2016
Magic roundabout, which is accessed via a secret staircase in Old St tube station, is one of the quirkiest spots in London. Pop down and treat yourself to something delicious at any time of the day. At 7am, coffee kings, Relax It’s Only Coffee, will be there to greet you with a hot cup of Joe on your way to work; during the day, visit The Shack for a plate of premium street food - sticky ribs, crispy waffles, jerk chicken and more; and of an evening, grab yourself some killer cocktails designed by the renowned White Lyan.
Taking gold here is Worship Street Whistling Stop - one of the coolest speakeasy bars in London. Found in the heart of Shoreditch, this venue blends the charm of the Victorian slums with the elegance of the grand gin palaces from yesteryear. Here, you'll find delectable bespoke cocktails, a cracking selection of craft beers and wine, and the finest spirits available.
Find Trailer Happiness in a basement on Portobello Road. Boasting quirky off-beat decor, some of the finest cocktails that you'll find in West London and a straightforward feel-good vibe, this intimate venue is perfect for those looking for an alternative cocktail bar in London. Plus, with regular DJ nights, it's a great place to dance the night away too!
This Victorian Turkish Bath house is a super fun place to party in London. This quirky bar in the capital is kitted out with vintage style and serves up a multitude of goodies for you to wrap you chops around - from crumpets to killer cocktails. Oh, and don't tell anybody, but Drink Shop & Do are hiding a dirty little secret downstairs - a hidden bar housed in an old porn shop! Pop down and neck back a few naughty ones. ;)
Dirty Martini Hanover Square has a sparkling interior and an amazing layout, making it one London's coolest spots to grab a drink. With nooks and passageways offering kitsch little drinking hideaways, Dirty Martini's is one of the most unique bars in London. Head down to this West End venue for after-work indulgence, pre-club cocktails or for a evening-long date-night cuddled up in a cosy cubby hole.
London Cocktail Club in Goodge Street is a highly-acclaimed venue that's simply adored by London's bar-hoppers. With a cracking selection of punchy cocktails, a menu of top-quality grub and a kitsch basement bar that just oozes cool, this is one of the best all-round cocktail bars in the capital. Head down with some friends (or maybe even that special someone) and kick back in this unpretentious London venue.
Opium is a 19th century styled Chinese drinking den that you really need to experience... but first you have to find it. This secret London cocktail bar is well hidden in one of the unknown nooks of Chinatown - but once you find it, you'll never want to leave. Boasting phenomenal firecracker cocktails and delicious dim sum dishes, it'll be hard for you to keep this one a secret!
With chilled vibes, quality cocktails and attentive bar staff, Nightjar is the answer to the over-crowded cocktails bars of West London. Described as the ultimate speakeasy bar in London, descend down into this bar to find candlelit tables, glass jar cocktails and swing bar soundtracks. Without a shadow of doubt, this is one of the best cocktail bars in Shoreditch.
Simply put, White Lyan serves up some of the best cocktails in London - all of which are truly unique to this venue. Thanks to these exquisite handcrafted creations, this cocktail bar has swiftly risen to the top of the food chain (or drinks chain?) in Hoxton. Head down to sample some of their spectacular wares, and after you've tried your fair share, venture downstairs to explore the basement. Here, dance the night away as a live DJ spin into the early hours.
A true testament to the creativity and cool of cocktails, Burlock makes the list with an amazing menu on its side. Not only perfect for those looking for something different in the city, this charming and romantic bar was made for those with chatting and drinking to do.