Nestled in the beating heart of Chinatown, Opium is a parlour of oriental pastiche where you'll discover creative cocktails mingling with sumptuous dim sum. Incorporating the flavours and spices of East Asia, every drink here is individual and crafted with careful design.
Top 10 Places to Drink in London
If there's one thing our capital city is proud of, it's the copious amount of unique and cool places to drink, and the pure breadth of venues means whittling it down to the cream of the crop is no mean feat. But, luckily for you, we've managed to do just that. So, for drinking dens galore, historical boozers and some of the most world's finest mixology, check out our guide to the top 10 places to drink in London.
Serving up an indulgent menu of brunch signatures and classic cocktails, you can't go wrong with a visit to Little Bat. Nestled between Angel and Highbury & Islington stations, this North London bar promises to whisk you away to another land with their exotic offering of libations.
From the retro 70s-style furnishings to the art-adorned walls, Callooh Callay is a feast for the eyes. Better yet, the drinks are pretty damn good too. Our favourite? The South Facing Garden - a potent mix of port, tequila and Champagne.
Boasting some of the city's most swoon-worthy views, The Narrow is located on the northern tip of the Thames, just a short stroll away from Limehouse station. Part of the Gordon Ramsay group, this elegant pub is known for its mouthwatering menu and selection of hearty ales.
A Battersea regular for live music, comedy nights, ping pong, arcade games and DJs, The Four Thieves is somewhat a jack-of-all-trades (and master of all). A top pick for Friday nights in South London, it's the perfect place for special occasions and chilled out get-togethers alike.
Arguably one of the quirkiest bars that London has to offer, The Last Tuesday Society is a low-lit, late-night drinking den decked out with taxidermy animals and vintage collectables. A previous winner of DesignMyNight's best bar award, this place promises a thrilling night quite like no other.
Telling the tale of a tiki daydream, Trailer Happiness is a wonderland of far-flung island vibes without the clichés. Tucked away in the depths of Portobello Road, this bar sees regulars clamour for a taste of rum-fuelled fun.
Looking for a laid-back bar to grab a beer and a slice of something cheesy? Look no further than Crate Bar & Pizzeria, the former factory that is perched on the banks of the River Lea. Packed-out on sunny days, this casual East London spot has received international acclaim for its impressive ale line-up.
A globally recognised drinking destination, Nightjar is as exclusive and discerning as they come. The cocktails here are the stuff of legend, incorporating all manner of quirky garnishes and trinkets to create concoctions that are almost too beautiful to drink (we said almost).
Split over two levels, with a differing theme for each, Heads + Tails is all about the contrast of light and dark. On the first floor of this neighbourhood bar you'll find a pastel palette and swish marble features, whereas the basement is all about muted tones and low lighting - perfect for date night.