The minds behind Callooh Callay are spreading the cocktail joy to Highbury and Islington with Little Bat, inspired by museums and libraries with some of Upper Street's best dishes. Whether you're craving boozy brunch, high-quality cocktails or delicious dining, this is one top bar to book from May.
London Bars Available To Book
Recent government announcements mean that lost dreams of drinking on London patios are no longer being conjured up by your imagination. Marking a (socially distanced) return to reality for wine bars, cocktail bars and whisky bars in London, 12th April and 17th May will see the dusting of tables and restocking of back bars. Need to know where to head? We've compiled a list of the London bars opening soon.. and better yet? We can help you get booked in.
*please note, opening scenarios will be dictated by both government and experience, so please stay safe, stay in contact with the event you've booked tickets for and be conscious of the impact you have on people around you when leaving home for these bookings.
It's safe to say that we could all do with a little bit of big kid-style fun right now, and The Four Thieves in Battersea is offering just that. With a jam-packed calendar of events, fully-stocked bar and kitted out arcade room, it's our ultimate Saturday night spot.
Neon sign, Insta-worthy cocktails and gorgeous interiors... that's right, Girlfriend is open and ready to welcome in thirsty guests. The Clapham bar is carrying out a number of measures to ensure that you and your group have a great and carefree time whilst feeling safe.
601 Queen's Road has been hard at work to ensure that you can get your fix of lush cocktails and tasty food whilst feeling safe. As well as temperature checks as you enter, tables limited to groups of 6 and hand sanitiser stations, they also have a new app that gets you order and pay so you can go completely contactless.
Located in the heart of Brick Lane, Apples and Pears is a quirky independent bar serving up some of East London's tastiest cocktails. Opening from the 17th May, it's the perfect post-lockdown date night venue.
If your return to drinking in bars needs to be led by a gorgeous rooftop spot, look no further than Jin Bo Law. High above the city with gorgeous views and cocktails alike, make a table booking to get some of this gorgeous sunny city back in your life.
Spend your afternoon sipping on cocktails in a sustainable garden at The Green Room. The beautiful bar and restaurant is tucked away just behind the National Theatre, offering you a serene space and top-notch drinks in the centre of all the action.
Bar Elba is back with a bang, bringing you a summer of bottomless brunches, outdoor movies and more to make up for lost time. If that wasn't enough, the Waterloo rooftop bar also touts some of the best views around for a truly memorable evening.
With gorgeous decor, 25 socially-distanced tables and a menu of craft beer and cocktails, The Hawks Nest are undoubtedly up there with the best bars in West London you can now book. They also host a number of events, from live music nights and sports screenings to quizzes and comedy sets.
Head to Highgate where you'll find The Gatehouse, one of the best pubs available to book in London. Not only has it got a gorgeous beer garden and a whole range of craft brews and fine wine to choose from, but it also cooks up a delicious menu of Spanish-inspired food.
You may have to wait a little longer to see Flight Club back in action, but their return in May is set to be nothing short of fabulous as the ever-unique activity bar is set to get back on its feet with cocktails, games and social distancing in place.
Still feeling sad about those cancelled holiday plans? Head to Laki Kane for a slice of paradise in the heart of Islington. Known for its palm tree interiors and menu of rum-based concoctions, this place is sure to banish those lockdown blues.
Trapeze is the famous circus-themed bar in the heart of East London. Swing by this spring to spend your night sipping on colourful drinks, with private booths perfect for you and five of your closest pals.
If you like you're a fan of theatrical drinks, then look no further than Opium. A trip to this Chinatown powerhouse is sure to a memorable one as you watch the team create a host of unique signature sips as well as putting their own spin on classics, including sesame old fashioneds and lychee martinis.
A world-renowned cocktail bar, this East London gem is back and ready to shake up a storm. Book yourself a table at the slinky neighbourhood hotspot and spend your evening sipping on honey collins' and white truffle negronis.
Nestled right by Finsbury Park, The Naturalist is serving up craft beers, cocktails and an extensive selection of wines to punters on its outdoor terrace. Touting views across the West Reservoir and a menu of delicious pub classics, this has got to be one of London's best bars now available to book.
Get ahead of the crowd with a booking at Madison. The stunning Manhattan-style bar and restaurant boasts incredible views across the London skyline and has a fabulous rooftop terrace, making it a hotspot for summertime date nights.
Up there for places to eat and drinks outside around King's Cross, Drake and Morgan is getting ready to open for business this April. And with its stylish seating, tasty sharing boards and signature cocktail, this is one bar you're going to want to book in order to beat the queue.
Offering one of the most colourful beer gardens in London, Barrio Shoreditch is the spring and summer hangout you'll want to get booking now. Fronting rum-fuelled cocktails and delicious Latin American food, they're also known for throwing some very good parties.
Your favourite Islington bar is back with a bang this spring. Essex Road's Homeboy is throwing open its door again for more clever cocktails and tasty Irish eats. Book in for the chance to get stuck into Irish whiskies and chicken fillet rolls.
Nestled along Old Street, The Gibson is a quirky cocktail haunt and top choice for your next date night. Boasting a menu of unusual sips, the bar's drinks are themed around a mythical calendar and served in fabulously dramatic glasses that are sure to leave a lasting impression.
Bringing Parisian vibes to the streets of Soho, Basement State is a trés chic cocktail bar that you're definitely going to want to book. Whether you're a lover of whiskey - which they have in abundance - or fancy a French-style libation, this spot has got you covered.
One of London's hottest rooftop bars Aviary is back in business and is available to book. With limited spaces available, you're going to want to snap up a table at this one for its jaw-dropping views and swoon-worthy menu.
It's back to rooftops for the thirsty as the ever-gorgeous Skylight returns to business this April... and with it? Happy hour cocktails, sunset views and rooftop fizz galore. Perfect for a return to bars if we say so ourselves.
Old Street Records is back and taking bookings this month. Get down to Shoreditch for a lively atmosphere, mouthwatering pizza and a selection of cocktails including palomas, old fashioneds and a punchy mango and passionfruit daiquiri.
Located just off Oxford Street, Nordic Bar is the buzzing sports venue with a reputation for its bonkers bashes. From match day celebrations to Eurovision-themed events, there's never a dull moment at this cool and quirky spot.
One the best bars to book in London, Barge East is bringing you delicious drinks and incredible views from its Hackney Wick boat restaurant. Get yourself a riverside table and enjoy an evening of wines and craft beers.
Get ahead of the curve with a booking at The Exhibit. The cool Balham bar will be open from morning until night, serving everything from coffees and brunch to dinner and cocktails on their sunny outdoor terrace.
Have you been to Purl before? If not, now's your chance to check out the 1920s speakeasy and some of the theatrical cocktails it's mixing up. Grab your number ones and venture down to this Marylebone basement bar for an evening of bubbling concoctions.
One of the best bars in London to book now, The Book Club is back open for business from 19th May. The Shoreditch venue will be returning to form with its classic lineup of excellent cocktails, tasty brunch plates and eccentric events.
Clapham, Bethnal Green and Oxford Circus are getting some of London's best cocktail bars back as London Cocktail Club open up select venues this spring for more crazy concoctions in unique settings.
One of our favourite cocktail bars in London is back in business and we couldn't be more excited. Book an evening at the award-winning spot where master mixologists are waiting to whip you up a treasure trove of potent, fruity and smoky sips.
An oasis of green in the heart of the City, The Folly is the perfect place to dip your toe back into the world of drinking and dining. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this laid-back restaurant specialises in contemporary British cuisine and top-notch cocktails.