Besides the shopping, the museums and the historic landmarks, London offers a thriving nightlife for its guests. Whether you’re looking for a pre-dinner cocktail, a post-theatre glass of wine or a happy hour pint, there is no shortage of places to grab a drink. Here are the trendiest bars in London right now.
Bloom recently opened in Kensington, branding themselves as a no-frills neighbourhood hang out. Decor is stylish, cocktails are delicate, and the music is sultry. There is no dress code and no guest list at this casual joint. Rock up for a tipple before dinner at The Grand Restaurant Paddington, or head here later at night if you feel like going for a boogey.
2 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 4PT
This was once the most infamous public gents bathroom in London’s theatre land, and supposedly Oscar Wilde was a patron. Nowadays, the intimate basement cocktail bar Cellar Door is a swanky burlesque joint. The bartenders will whip up any cocktail your heart desires, whether it’s on their menu or not. You can even try snuff here, and sometimes the venue hosts film screenings.
Zero Aldwych, Aldwych, WC2R 0HS
Taking the place of a former swingin’ sixties haunt, the Pinstripe Club, Disrepute is an elegant basement cocktail bar. A very classy affair, all cocktails on the menu are paired with literary tales. Disrepute admits non-members when tables are vacant so give them a call from the Park Grand Paddington Court Hotel to ask for a space.
4 Kingly Court, Soho W1F 9RR
Cirque Le Soir
Open since 2009, this fiery bar still blazes ahead of the crowd when it comes to a unique night out in London! As you sip your cocktail, fire eaters, aerial performers, burlesque dancers and circus stars will dazzle you with their skills. Make the most of deals on London hotels and take yourself out for a night you won’t forget!
15-21 Ganton Street, Soho, W1F 9BN
Taking its inspiration from the gangster noir of the 1940s and 50s, Murder Inc presents a glamorous, moody, yet relaxed vibe in their cocktail lounge. Cocktails on the ‘hit-list’ are refined and sophisticated, with tongue-in-cheek names such as Miss Demeanor, Sweet Nothing and Orange Is The New Black.
36 Hanway Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1UP
The Vault of Soho
The Vault is a cocktail bar hidden beneath the oldest whiskey shop in London, Milroy’s of Soho. The entrance is hidden behind a bookcase, and once down in the basement you’ll find a chic bar which serves quality cocktails - whiskey and much more!
3 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4NX
Discount Suit Company
No suits for sale here, this is a dimly-lit cocktail bar with an exposed brickwork lounge dotted with Motown records. Next door to a former 1980s tailoring shop, the bar was originally its stockroom. Cocktails are delicious and can be paired with cheeses from their menu.
29A Wentworth Street, Spitalfields E1 7TB