Top 10 Bars To Take Your Parents To
Whether your parents are London locals or visiting for the weekend, the thought of taking them bar hopping might seem a ridiculous prospect. We have put together a list of bars to impress your parents with, all with their own unique yet widely appealing quirks to ensure that everyone is happy. Next time the occasion calls for it, here is a list of our top 10 bars to take your parents to, should you decide to give them a taste of your lifestyle away from home.
Last updated on 4th October 2016
Treat those darling parentals of yours to one of the best afternoon tea events in London atop one of the most stunning roof locations in the city. Join The Roof Gardens as they promise a kitsch event of classic sandwiches, scones, sponge cakes alongside a roster of teapot cocktails.
When on the hunt for cocktail bars to take your parents to, look no further than Crazy Bear in Fitzrovia. Showcasing a particularly decadent red velvet staircase as well as crystal wine glasses, this is a regular haunt for media types and one of our favourite bars to impress your parents with. Food is also served, with an Asian tendency and meat sourced from their own farm in Oxfordshire.
For a laid back, stress-free night of smooth drinks and delicious food with your parents, head to the Humble Grape on Fleet Street. Having only recently opened, the venue is as sleek as ever, with exposed brick walls, beautifully simple furniture and huge mosaics. Add in the 30 different varieties of wine and the delicious menu of tapas style dishes, your parents are sure to leave with a beaming smile on their faces.
It’s sometimes difficult to find a quaint, chilled gastropub in amongst the bustle of central London, but they are there, somewhere. The Surprise is one of those relaxing gems, which is something of a haven in the heart of Chelsea. Bring the parents along and catch up in a hassle-free boozer, with regularly rotating food menus washed down by real ales and great wines.
This is one of our top bars to take your parents to if you're hoping to be spoilt for the night. Drinks are priced a little higher than average, but justifiably so when you begin to savour the taste of these beautifully crafted delights. Whilst your parents may not be so happy about the price, they will fall in love with the cool ambience and the secluded alcoves that allow you some added privacy as you catch up - all reasons why Archer Street Cocktail Lounge deserves a spot on our list of the top 10 bars to take your parents.
Sporting opulent 'train carriage' decor and with plants adding colour between tables, Hoxley and Porter in Angel is a parent's dream. Show them you're sophisticated by trying some of their amazing cocktail creations, before moving into the dining carriage for a dishes that include pork belly and rabbit pie. One of North London's best bars, your parents will love it.
If there's one place in London that's a must visit for when your rents are in town, it's got to be Somerset House. Set in the new wing of this iconic London venue is a cafe-turn-bar-turn-restaurant called Pennethorne's where you can chill with a menu of European inspired foods and sit back in it's modern interiors.
A relaxed and humble bar in the heart of King's Cross, The Fellow is prime for evenings spent with your parents in London. Take them for gastro dining and craft pints combined at this authentic space in the North of the city.
Whether your parents are hard to impress, or you just fancy spoiling them, there's one location in the heart of St Pancras that's sure to serve both. Join Searcys for press for champagne buttons, bottles of bubbly and some of the finest oysters in the business.
Take your parents somewhere a little different next time they're in London and drop in on 214 Bermondsey, a secret speakeasy style bar just steps away from London Bridge station. Specialising in gin, this is a must visit for an established gin drinker and definitely one of the top bars to impress your parents with. With retro furnishings, exposed brick and soft lighting, you can understand why 214 Bermondsey is on our list of the top 10 bars to take your parents to.
Some would consider their parents the suave and sophisticated sort, and we have just the venue for them. Join The Botanist in Broadgate for stunning plates in a truly unique and enticing bar and restaurant.
Making it onto our list of the top 10 bars to take your parents to, Long Bar at Sanderson Hotel reaches out to 80ft in length and is quite possibly the most glamorous of all hotel bars. With a vast list of classic and innovative cocktails to sweeten you up, and a seasonally inspired menu to keep your appetites sated, this is a safe option if you're looking out for bars to impress your parents with.
When it comes to a hybrid location in the city that's perfect when it comes to taking your parents for dinner and drinks in London, Bird of Smithfield can promise high-end British fare alongside a roster of bespoke and delicious drinks.
London’s famous Ice Bar is a unique bundle of fun for all the family. There’s simply nowhere like it in the country; interiors are carved using ice from the glistening waterways of the Torne River in Sweden, and you’ll need to get kitted up in a thermal cape and gloves beforehand. Knock back a few chilled cocktails in your 40-minute slot, then head downstairs (and back to a normal room temperature) for dinner and drinks after.
Fresh and boasting the ultimate in fine fare, if you're looking to take your parents out for dinner and drinks in London, give this Chelsea gem a try for locally sourced ingredients, clean cut interiors and a humble atmosphere.
Mum and Dad sometimes a bit… difficult to impress? Next time they visit bring out this absolute show-stopper of a trump card - as we offer DMN users exclusive access to the iconic glass dome at the top of the Gherkin; a space usually reserved for private members only. Tick this one off your bucket list while you catch up with ma and pa over exquisite cocktails and unrivalled views of London’s skyline.