Top 10 Places to Drink in London
If there's one thing our capital City is proud of, it's the copious amount of different, unique and undeniably cool places to drink. Whittling it down to the very best bars, pubs and clubs in London for you is no easy feat. But, we've managed to do just about that. So, for cocktail dens galore, classic pubs to chill in and some of the most world renowned places to drink, lust over our picks of liquor laced spots and find DesignMyNight's top 10 places to drink in London. Right. Here.
Winner of the DesignMyNight Awards 'Best Bar' and most certainly a globally recognised destination, Nightjar is as exclusive, desirable and discerning as they come. Their cocktails are stuff of legend, incorporating all manner of quirky garnishes and trinkets to create drinks that are more works of art then anything else. This paired with a 1920s sensibility of live music and period style makes for one of the best cocktail bars in London.
A Battersea regular for everything and beyond that you could think of for a pub to host: live music, comedy nights, ping pong, arcade games and DJs. Somewhat a jack-of-all-trades, The Four Thieves is notorious for lapping up fun South of the river and serving up a cosy, comforting pub vibe straight outta the country and into the City. Looking for a cool pub in London? Stay right here.
Telling the tale of a Tiki daydream, Trailer Happiness is like a playground for Hawaiian inspired fun without the cringe cliche. This drinking lounge out West serves up a slice of chilled California style with their drinks making for one sweet-laden kick. Tucked away in the depths of Portobello Road, come here if you fancy yourself some cool cocktails, 60s vibes and a fun party bar in London.
Boasting the DesignMyNight Award for 'Best Beer Garden' (and quite rightly), People's Park Tavern is an East-end institution and one of our favourite boozers in this here City. Taking on all the classic village pub character and throwing in a brewery, PPT has all the makings of a traditional pub with a penchant for crafty pints. Ideal for kicking back and socialising, take to this charming pub in London.
Hiding a room that's like a bubblegum palace of 70s disco and swag dubbed so perfectly as the 'Jub Jub Room', Callooh Callay is a sought after destination for a quirky night out in London. This Shoreditch resident is a bar of good times, expert cocktail conjuring as well as a comic book drinks menu. She's colourful, sassy and down to party, what more could you need?
Putting the King in Kingsland Road, Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes is East London's ultimate creative collective for socialising, drinking and really getting up to no good. There's nothing done up or contrived about this joint, it quite simply is a whirlwind of art installations, killer cocktails and a meeting ground with mates. For that somewhere a little different in London, Dream Bags is the place to soak up some draanks.
Nestled in the beating heart of China town, Opium is a parlour of oriental pastiche where you'll discover creative cocktails mingling with sumptuous Dim Sum dishes. Incorporating the flavours and spices of Asia, every drink is individual and crafted with careful design. Laced with authentic Chinese style, Opium is one of the best bars in Chinatown.
Taking the art of mixology into another realm entirely, White Lyan is a cocktail bar with all the makings of a London legend. Changing their approach to bartending, here your drinks come heavy with innovation and laden with Mr Lyan's own brand, home made spirits and ingredients. That's right, totally original, nothing shop bought and measured to precision, White Lyan is a wholly unique drinking experience in London.
A Shoreditch stalwart, Happiness Forgets is a subterranean soiree of 40s and 50s excess where you'll find an intimate ambiance of obscure jazz, pop, jazz fusion, R&B and soul music. With a seated only policy, this haunt is steeped in an amorous atmosphere with incredible mixology right at the centre of it all. Think cocktails and candlelight at this basement bar in London.