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.

Writer: Olivia Cheves

Last updated on 23rd October 2019




@ The Espresso Martini Society (Ko Coffee) on Various dates from Friday 22nd November 2019

Having served more than 20,000 espresso martinis, you can bet the Espresso Martini Society knows a thing or two about knocking up a decent cocktail. And now the nomadic gang are back for Christmas, this time with festive tipples, which are bottomless for your 90 minute slot.

The Courtyard

736 user reviews 4

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Fulham's favourite suntrap, The Courtyard boasts a range of cinema-inspired sips, from American Beauty to Stranger Things. Their coffee-laced Forrest Gump is the one you'll be queueing up for with its triple threat of rum, whisky and Tia Maria shaken up with fresh coffee and, of course, a bit of chocolate.

Radio Rooftop

30 user reviews 3

Sitting pretty above The Strand if its booze and views you're looking for then Radio Rooftop offers the best of both. But for a real taste of the high life, get their Grey Goose and vanilla mousse espresso martini into your life for the lightest and most decadent take on the classic that we've found so far.

The coffee is good and the espresso martini's even better at this speciality roasters. With venues scattered across the city, you're never far from their signature sip, which takes their house blend of Robusta Revival espresso and chucks in vodka and Fair Cafe Liqueur for the perfect post-work livener.

Nikki's

108 user reviews 5

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Any party girl worth her salt knows that no night out is complete without tequila, whether you're knocking them back at the bar or getting matey with a marg. We'd recommend getting yourself down to Nikki's then, where their highly sippable XOXO Espresso Martini that throws a good slug of cafe Patron into the mix.

Old Compton Brasserie

2 user reviews 5

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Keeping things simple with Eristoff, Kahlua, fresh espresso and a dash of vanilla syrup, The Old Compton Brasserie's espresso martini is the only thing you'll want to be sipping alongside their delicious food and eye-popping interiors.

Little Bat

229 user reviews 5

One of Islington's most innovative cocktail bars, you'd better believe this Wonderland-inspired space has more than a few twists in its espresso martini tale. Taking its name from a Neil Gaiman story, the Anansi Espresso is a unique concoction of Bulleit rye, Punt e Mes, coffee and maraschino liqueurs, espresso and cherry.

Shoreditch Grind

8 user reviews 4

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.

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.