The Best New Bars in London


Earlier this week we listed our favourite new restaurants of 2013, and now we turn our attention to the best new bars in London for 2013. From some fantastic new hotel bars to a premium wine bar and a trip around the world via Mayfair in 80 days, read on for our guide.

Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London

Scarfes bar at the recently opened Rosewood Hotel in Holborn is a welcome addition to the London hotel bar scene. With a great cocktail list and live music performances, this clubby bar is both stylish and homely.

Scarfes Bar Rosewood London

Comforting elements such as the roaring fire, wingback and rocking chairs and bookshelves for walls combine to create a cosy and welcoming atmosphere.

Aqua Shard

Aqua Shard’s sky-high bar is a glamorous spot to admire many of London’s iconic landmarks whilst sipping on a British-inspired cocktail or a glass of fizz.

Aqua Shard

The enchanting atrium bar impresses with a spectacular double heighted ceiling and sweeping staircase, friendly service and an excellent cocktail list.

The Ape and Bird

The latest venture from the team behind the successful Polpo restaurants has arrived at Cambridge Circus on the Soho / Covent Garden border.

The Ape and Bird encompasses a 120 cover restaurant and 4 rooms over 3 floors including a traditional pub and a cocktail bar in the basement.

The Punch Room at The London EDITION

Another recent addition to the London hotel scene, The London Edition is the latest hotel from Ian Schrager in collaboration with Marriott Hotels. The lobby bar is gorgeous with high ceilings and a dramatic chandelier in the centre of the room.

The Punch Room London Edition

If you remember to book in advance, try The Punch Room bar at the back of the hotel – an intimate space designed in dark woods, creating a stylish bar that makes you feel like you’re one of the few that know the secret.

Mr Fogg’s

Named after Verne’s literary creation, Phileas Fogg, Mr Fogg’s is an eclectic affair with a host of artefacts and trinkets from the protagonist’s fictional trip around the world in 80 days.

The piano and fireplace create a welcoming ambience and the inventive and well-executed cocktails make for an enjoyable and worldly evening.

Sager + Wilde

Sager + Wilde is a wine bar brought to you by husband and wife team Michael and Charlotte Sager-Wilde in the wake of last year’s successful pop-up on Old Street.

Sager and Wilde Wine Bar

The no-frills interior of reclaimed German station lights, a cast-iron grating bar, exposed brick walls and marble tables casts the spotlight on the extensive wine list.

With an emphasis on premium wines, including several rare wines exclusive to Sager + Wilde, there are flavours to suit every palate. Read our guide to the best wine bars in London.

Blind Pig at Social Eating House

The Blind Pig, on the first floor of Social Eating House in Soho, is a smart vintage cocktail bar serving nicely presented cocktails courtesy of resident mixologist Gareth Evans.

The bar serves an array of tempting bites and jars, such as duck fat chips, pork rillettes and smoked mackerel pâté.