Where to drink in London

With such a splendid array of choices when it comes to having a drink in the city, we delight in giving you a nudge in the right direction; building you a selected list of the best places for cocktails, pints and casual drinks combined. From hidden haunts and booming party joints to some of the best cocktail bars in the business, check out our recommendations for the best places to enjoy a drink in London.

Last updated on 24th July 2017

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Basement Sate

148 user reviews

Douse yourself in some truly indulgent drinking in London where you cocktail comes with a perfectly plated side of dessert. This holiest of all matrimonies comes to you from the hidden den, Basement Sate in Soho. Expect a sweet mix of heavenly puddings and some expertly crafted cocktails to take you here. 

Happily Affordable ££
Soho

Scout

2 user reviews

For fresh, seasonal and completely different cocktails, head over to Scout in Old Street as they create a rotational menu of drinks. Only using seasonal products, the venue also has a laboratory where you can watch future drinks being developed.

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

Jamies Fleet Place

85 user reviews

This trendy venue is great for a sophisticated sojourn in Fleet Place. With an extensive wine list and a great menu, including sharing platters ideal for those group occasions, pop in for a rounded evening of indulgence. Funky lighting and a spacious outdoor terrace for those alfresco occasions makes this bar the perfect city hangout.

Happily Affordable ££
St Pauls

The Long Acre

9 user reviews
The Long Acre
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Hankering for a drink in London but don't know where to go? With some of the best bars in town, Central London plays host to night out mistress and drinker extraordinaire, The Longacre. Join her fun time team for happy hours, ever flowing cocktails, affordable bites and more in this top notch London party bar. 

Happily Affordable ££
Leicester Square

Elk Bar

36 user reviews

Elk Bar in Fulham has all the ingredients for a great night out with your mates. Stocked full of delectable beers and eye-opening spirits, the team of experienced bartenders will be able to cater to your every desire. Additionally, the plasma screen TVs showing all the best live sporting events and live DJ sets will keep the party going long into the night. 

Drinkonomical £
Fulham

Humble Grape Fleet Street

8 user reviews

With over 30 different varieties of wine and a menu full of flavoursome, tapas-style small dishes, the Humble Grape on Fleet Street offers its guests a remarkable culinary experience. Whether you like the smooth taste of sauvignon blanc or perhaps prefer a tall glass of malbec, you'' struggle to find a more sleek, sophisticated place to drink in London. With simple yet elegant furnishings and a laid back aura, the Humble Grape acts as a wine-based sanctuary where guests can escape the stresses of ordinary life.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

The Victoria Mile End

46 user reviews

Whether you're after cocktails, craft beer or wholesome British pints, The Victoria in Mile End has a little something for everyone after a drink in London. Head on down for a delicious roster set alongside a top selection of British plates. 

Happily Affordable ££
East London
Pub

Knowing where to drink in London is important, but knowing where some of the best hidden bars are puts you up there with the greats. Get ahead of the game with this secret cocktail gem in Canary Wharf as Dr Kluger churns out top drinks in a unique, vintage setting. 

Happily Affordable ££
Canary Wharf

Foundation

28 user reviews
Foundation
3 is the Magic Number- Happy Hour and 1 other offer available.

Foundation Bar in Covent Garden is an original club in décor, drinks menu and music. Its expressive nature attracts a hip crowd as well as after-workers and bold tourists. For a special session of drinking in London, try their shots served in mini jam jars or the cocktails served in tea pots!

Happily Affordable ££
Covent Garden

Be At One Battersea Rise

67 user reviews

London, it's not short of cocktail bars that's for sure; but what about a place that combines affordable drinks, raucous nights and lush concoctions combined? That, ladies and gentlemen, would be Be At One. Join their South London branch for all of the above. 

Happily Affordable ££
Clapham

Dirty Martini Covent Garden

20 user reviews
Dirty Martini Covent Garden
Happy Hour and 3 other offers available.

The sexy New York vibe and striking cocktail menu makes Dirty Martini a central London favourite amongst even the moss picky of London drinks enthusiasts. Enjoy the happy hour to try a new concoction and let your hair down as spirits raise at this late night bar in London. 

Happily Affordable ££
Covent Garden

Simmons Camden Town

31 user reviews
Simmons Camden Town
Bottomless Afternoon Tea

Bring yourself down to Simmons for a night of fun in a bar packed out in weird and wonderful kitsch décor and delicious cocktails served in quirky crockery. While sat in the neon sign-drenched bar, make sure you take advantage of the five hour long happy hour for some amazing deals.

Happily Affordable ££
Camden

Little Bat

91 user reviews

Leave no cocktail to waste as Little Bat present some of the best in the business. Brought to the city by the team and the boozy brains behind the award winning Callooh Callay, this is the perfect place to drink in London thanks to its quirky interiors and unique cocktail list. 

Happily Affordable ££
Angel

The Fellow

165 user reviews

Grab a classy cocktail, a fine wine or a boozy beer in this sophisticated venue in the middle of Kings Cross. With a hidden cocktail bar, The Black Door, to keep you guessing, and a picturesque heated rooftop terrace for your sun soaking needs, you're sure to have a great night out in this buzzing venue.

Happily Affordable ££
Kings Cross

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