London's Best Espresso Martinis

The origins of the espresso martini are said to have started in Soho in 1983 at the bar of Dick Bradsell. After a request from a customer who wanted a drink that would "wake her up, and f*ck her up", Bradsell smashed together coffee and vodka and the rest was history. Nowadays it's commonplace on any cocktail menu, with everywhere from uptown restaurants to your local 'spoons offering to shake one up for you. But, if you really want to see where this classic cocktail can go, we've selected some spots to scope out the best espresso martinis in London.

Last updated on 13th June 2022

Ollie’s House

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Ollie's House is offering the ultimate espresso martini, but not as you know it. Introducing their pancakes, made with cocoa, dulce de leche, vanilla ice cream, maple syrup and a shot of espresso martini. An epic way to start to the morning? We think so.

Known for its sublime drinks selection, its no surprise that The Cocktail Club is one of the best places for espresso martinis in London. Head over to their haunts during happy hour, where you can catch these coffee-rich sips for a bargain price.

The New York Bar

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If you're looking to embrace the New York vibes, head to this bar inside The Rubens at the Palace. Its espresso martini is a must-have, which is an excellent mix of Absolut Blue Vodka and Kahlua. Pair with an array of classic, Champagne and signature cocktails or vintage mocktail martinis.


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Featuring a swish bar and over 60 cocktails, it's no surprise that Bbar are whipping up some of the best espresso martinis in London. Using a Japanese shaking technique and fresh coffee, it's a real winner when it comes to the classic tipple.

Sure, everyone raves about the food, but its Dishoom's Monsoon Martini that makes us weak at the knees. Catuai espresso comes 'vivified' with Luksusowa, chilli liqueur, walnut bitters and the perfect crema. And so what if you're having a night off the sauce, they've also concocted the Dry Monsoon Martini that loses the booze but none of the flavour.

Shoreditch Grind

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If you're looking for the classic concoction done good then you should be making your way to Grind at your earliest possible convenience. A double shot of their house blend comes laced with Finlandia vodka and a touch of sugar syrup for a cold, refreshing cocktail designed for leisurely sipping. But if you are going for something a little bit more experimental, their Flat White Russian is a must-try.