Top Bars in London

Sure, we might be bias, but we get the feeling that London has some of the best nightlife in the world, so how do you navigate that? Putting in the work for you, we've come up with a list of some of London's top bars, from hidden speakeasies down back alleys to sky-high spots for sweeping views of the city.

Last updated on 13th September 2022

The Escapologist

2367 user reviews 4

Part modern-day Victorian men's club, part Masonic Lodge, The Escapologist is an unmissable themed bar based at the HQ of the secret society that ran Victorian London. Brought to town by the team behind Adventure Bar and Dub Jam, this is a beautiful basement venue with a fun yet refined cocktails, cheese-drenched pizzas and bottle service with guests having access to their own secret lockers.

Camden London

2 user reviews 3

For beautifully crafted cocktails, scrumptious small plates and lively party bar vibes, Camden London should be your next port of call. This seriously swish spot is dressed up to the nines, boasting an opulent, scallop-tiled bar and golden accents.

The Piano Works Farringdon

1698 user reviews 4

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As one of the city's only sleek piano bar based in an old, airy Victorian Warehouse, this Farringdon joint is bursting full of life and character. Unwind with an ice-cold cocktail as their talented musicians roll back the years to a time when couples danced the night away to the latest soulful, swinging band. This is a real treat for any jazz and blues fan.

Barrio Brixton

226 user reviews 4

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Following the blueprint from its sister sites around London, Barrio Brixton blends a Latin American feel-good factor with the vibrant spirit of the local community. It's an exotic and colourful place for a night out, with Peruvian anticuchos to nibble at and a cocktail menu that isn't exactly shy when it comes to tequila, mezcal, pisco and rum. Soak in the lively tropical atmosphere and hang around for a dance; DJs drop a Latin American party playlist until 2am at the weekends.

Be At One is your failsafe choice for a feel-good evening out in Covent Garden. Tucked away in an intimate basement just off the piazza, head downstairs where a promise land of flamboyant cocktails, guilty pleasure dance tracks and infectiously charming bartenders await. Happy Hours run from 4.30pm every day and the venue boasts a 3am licence for all your late-night dance floor needs.

Winner of Designmynight's 'best user rated' 2012 awards, The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is an unforgettable experience. This London basement bar is hidden behind a fridge (yes a fridge) in an East End breakfast club. This is definitely one of the best nights out in Shoreditch, and even London as a whole. There is a reason this is one of the best-loved London bars, because it is sure to be the best night ever. Don't miss out! 

Archer Street Soho

836 user reviews 4

This fantastic bar was last years DesignMyNight's 2012 'Best Bar' winner. Why? Because it is. This Soho bar  has an exclusive, stylish feel to it and serve deliciously well crafted cocktails you won't be able to resist. Archer Street hots up at the weekends down here where the DJs starts pumping some classics, but the most notable thing about this bar is that all of the staff are not just bar tenders but singers and dancers too, be prepared to mind your wine glass as they'll be jumping on the table (and beckoning you to join them) before you've had time to say singing in the rain..


Heads + Tails

345 user reviews 5

Like two sides of a coin, Heads + Tails is the West Hampstead cocktail bar with two very different faces. Upstairs, is a swish space with floor-to-ceiling windows, a marble bar top and fizz-laced cocktails, while down below you'll find a sultry den of leather chairs and darker spirits like rum and whisky.

Keep it under your hat, but there's actually an extra top secret bar to be explored at LCC Oxford Circus. Meet The Studio; a truly unique concept where patrons lap away at top quality vodka cocktails and play their own DJ sets. Kitted out with seductive black booths, hanging microphone lights and a showpiece recording studio room it's hella stylish too, and the venue offers among the best cocktail masterclasses in town.

Catering for your every need and with a distinct devil-may-care approach to things, the Breakfast Club in Canary Wharf is always abuzz with energy and life. The bar labels itself as a retro working man's venue, and is signposted by a range of quirky antiques, brightly coloured furniture and, most obviously, a gigantic disco ball that delicately hangs over the entire venue. With a line-up of craft beers, locally sourced ales and carefully curated cocktails, it's perfect for anyone looking to unwind after a day at work. 

Basement Sate

558 user reviews 4

Decadent French inspired desserts matched with perfectly mixed cocktails... Sound too good to be true? Well it's not. Champions of the dessert bar movement, Basement Sate is a seductive little Soho layer just off Wardour Street. Find the gold plaque on the wall and descend into a low-lit space of Parisian chic sweetness at this top London bar. 

From Battersea over to Islington, Humble Grape is making sure Londoners are watered at all times. Dedicated to all things wine, the bars are both laidback and stylish - perfect for everything from date nights through to a catch up - along with serving some seriously tasty British bites.

Peachy Queen Putney

5 user reviews 5

This beautiful pink bar is fronting a unique list of cocktails that's sure to knock your socks off - just as much as the interiors. The drinks here are inspired by popular culture, including the 'watermelon sugar high' or 'Bohemian raspberry' concoctions.

Apples and Pears

380 user reviews 5

Cocktail Drinks Package 1 £35 – 4 Cocktails

Few offer a more complete package in the Brick Lane area than Apples & Pears. A colourful and vibrant cocktail bar on Osborn Street, these guys offer innovative cocktails and a playlist of motown, soul, funk and old school hip-hop music. It's a cracking private hire jaunt, and there's a heated cocktail garden for a few alfresco antics.