It’s the colour of Percy Pigs, cosmopolitans and Kylie Jenner's hair circa 2017, and is likely sprawled all over your Insta feed right now. And while it was over three years ago that ‘Rose Quartz’ was named Pantone's colour of the year (2020's 'classic blue' sounds much less fun), pink still reigns supreme when it comes to London’s prettiest bars and restaurants. From neon affirmations of girl power to powder pink toilets and Mariah Carey-themed ball pits, we’ve rounded up the venues in London that do it best when it comes to pretty in pink. Wes Anderson? Eat your heart out.
An ode to the OG girl bosses - Queen Victoria, we’re looking at you - Girlfriend is adorned with pastel pink walls and Renaissance paintings that have been given a pink spray paint makeover. Located in the heart of Clapham, this Insta-ready bar is serving up cocktails that are almost too pretty to drink. Looking to get the party started? Order a round of Frida Kahlo shots, and knock back a potent concoction of tequila, strawberry, rose water and condensed milk.
Named after the feminine form of ‘Don’, Doña is a Stoke Newington’s newest underground drinking den. Led by dynamic duo Thea Cumming (co-founder of London Mezcal Week) and Lucie Massey (the brains behind Slap Ya Papa), the menu here is made up exclusively of agave-based sips. Boasting ceilings adorned with flamingo-style feathers, cushy sofas and live DJs on the weekend, this place is giving us serious girls night out vibes.
It doesn’t need any introduction, but that’s well, er, kind of my job. It’s pink, it’s iconic and goddammit, you will get a photo in front of those egg-shaped toilets. One of the OGs on London’s tickled pink scene, Sketch’s Gallery dining room is a mirage of millennial pink, encased in four walls full of David Shrigley artwork. Never not fully-booked, an afternoon tea here requires a bit of foreplanning - shared calendars at the ready.
Located down one of Soho’s bustling side streets, Simmons is a much-loved purveyor of uber-cheap cocktails and boozy teapots. Head here pre-8pm to bask in the neon lights aplenty, vintage gaming memorabilia and a giant glittering disco ball, whilst also enjoying £3 glasses of wine and bottles of fizz for less than £20. Pink and pocket-friendly? She’s a winner.
It’s pink, it’s plant-based, and we can already hear your great uncle grumbling something under his breath. Serving up slices of cauliflower and focaccia based pizza, this King’s Road spot is anything but humble when it comes to toppings. Feast on truffle, creamy tofu and Taggiasca olives, in a wonderland of candy-floss walls, tables, chairs and crockery.
Way before Alexa Chung and Jameela Jamil started strutting their stuff, there was the original It Girl - Josephine De Beauharnais. The wife of Napoleon and France’s first official Empress, she was a woman not to be trifled with. Inspired by her bad-ass attitude, Tonight Josephine is an underground club, decked out with neon signs of female empowerment and a shiny reflective dance floor. The stuff of photo-opp dreams, a night spent here, will bring a whole lotta’ content.
Bringing the vibrant colours and flavours of Mexico to the heart of Mayfair, Ella Canta is a dreamy date night destination. Decked out with dusty pink, well, everything, this calming oasis is the perfect escape from the hubbub of the city. Celebrated chef Martha Ortiz is at the helm, cooking up a storm of traditional tostadas, slow-cooked meats and mouthwatering churros, almost too pretty to eat… we said almost.
Oozing fancy-pants vibes, Annabel’s is the Mayfair private members club with perhaps the prettiest loos in the city. Featuring hundreds of hand blown Venetian glass petals (a bathroom essential, surely) and gorgeous crystal pink fittings, you’d be forgiven for forgoing the world-class a la carte menu and camping out in the ladies’ instead. The perfect spot for a special occasion meal - and even better if you’re not the one footing the bill - opt for the lobster linguine with a glass of fizz for the ultimate opulent dinner.
Located in the heart of Shoreditch and identifiable by its pastel pink tiles, Genesis is something of an institution when it comes to plant-based dining in London. Serving up a 100% vegan menu of organic burgers, hotdogs and tacos, the food here tastes just as good as it looks. The interiors are made up of copper accents, marble tables and retro-style posters. A walk-in Pinterest board? We approve.
Once a magistrates court and police station, The Dixon Hotel is now a swanky venue and a must-visit for any fan of all things fuschia. Their primary restaurant - Provisioners offers a slice of California cool, with candy-coloured interiors, crushed velvet furnishings and low-hanging botanicals. This place knows a thing or two about early morning avo on toast but also transforms into a sultry space as dusk falls and the lights are dimmed.
El & N
With venues on all of London’s swankiest streets, El & N is a gorgeous daytime cafe and coffee shop. Frequently named as one of London’s most Instagrammable spots, the floral arrangments here could give Chelsea Flower Show a good run for their money. And for those really dedicated to getting their rose gold fix? There’s a selection of pink-tinged lattes and moreish slices of red velvet cake on offer.
One of the quirkiest clubs in the capital city, Ballie Ballerson is the adult-sized ball-pit that invites big kid fun. This Christmas, one of their ball pits has been given a hot pink transformation, with images of HRH Queen Mariah Carey gracing the walls. Dive into the pit and sip on a selection of sweet-themed cocktails. Not before getting that all-important Boomerang, naturally.
Looking for some more interior inspo? Check out our guide to the most beautiful bars in London here.