Trendy London Bars
The trendiest bars in the city are where only the fashionable and the hip have chosen to hang out. It’s where celebrities dance on tables and royalty watch sizzling burlesque amongst cocktails and cool beats aplenty. The trendy bars in London own the edgiest themes, coolest interiors and the best DJs and performers. Check out our recommendations for the best, below.
Last updated on 30th June 2017
XOYO's stellar clubbing reputation speaks for itself, but they've also got an eccentric cocktail bar upstairs waiting to be discovered. Street art and corrugated iron covers the walls, house remixes provide the soundtrack and an eclectic drinks card lies in wait. The upstairs bar also has bookable tables so you can throw shapes like it's nobody's business downstairs, then refuel upstairs in a slightly less hectic environment.
Get dressed up for a night of stunning cocktails in the city as this trendy North London bar knows no bounds when it comes to providing some of the best. Beats, unique interiors and a dressed up clientele make up the bones of this hot spot.
If London’s Pretty Young Things were plucked from the 1920s and dropped into the 21st century, we’re fairly confident you’d find them propping up the bar at the Rumpus Room. A rooftop bar on the 12th floor of the Mondrian, there’s nowhere better to showcase their lavish lifestyle than a drinking den specialising in signature cocktails, a 1920s jazz age soundtrack and stunning views of central London.
Hidden away in Shoreditch, Scout is a seriously trendy London bar. Opened by superstar barman Matt Whiley, the spot has a cocktail laboratory, and a zero waste policy with drinks and bar snacks changing according to the seasons.
Rule of Cool no 1: If you want to be trendy, you can't be too mainstream. So head to Stoke Newington and visit Ruby's which is a speakeasy bar where the crème de la crème of the trendy and hip schmooze over candlelight and excellent cocktails. Ruby's is one of the trendy cocktail bars London has yet to standardise.
Stylish, suave and full of character, Ray's bar is an easy-going cocktail bar in Dalston that's taken the phrase liquid dinner to extreme lengths. To start with, guests can enjoy a prosecco cocktail, before moving onto a rum concoction for the mains and concluding one a sweet note with a sherry-infused creation. This hidden gem is certain to leave you with a huge grin.
A stunning location for trendy drinks in the city, you need only look at the interiors for evidence. The Soda Room is prime for VIP nights and some of the best cocktails in the business, be that a Saturday or a mid-week special occasion.
Situated just off London’s famous King’s Road, The Phoenix naturally draws a stylish crowd of west London socialites, enticed in by the quirky yet comfortable and traditional vibes. Full of cosy corners and colourful furniture, head to this trusty gastropub where modern and traditional British food is washed down by an extensive choice of cask ales, Bloody Mary’s and a good long wine list.
When it comes to a fun, and cool night out in the city, it's not just the drinks that need to be up to scratch. Head down to Buddha for a dose of trendy dining London as this restaurant bar promises the ultimate in Eastern flair.
This Shoreditch venue is definitely one of the trendiest ones to rock up in recent times, further adding to the area's riveting nightlife scene. Trapeze is a circus themed venue, split between a cocktail bar and basement club, with great nights on each night and some incredible drink and food offerings on. This place will definitely be a trendsetter.
Dirty Martini is known for their sleek and stylish bars and their latest opening is no different. Following a £1.2m refurbishment, Dirty Martini Minories is bringing the good times to the city. Head down for Martinis galore, a cracking cocktail menu and some serious tunes - did we mention the first round is on us?
A destination made for those that not only know their cocktails, but are looking for some of the finest mixes in the business, Callooh Callay is a trendy cocktail bar in East London with a hidden space in its midst.