The Best Cocktail Bars in London

Whether your drink of choice is a martini, a mojito or a negroni, read our suggestions for the best cocktail bars in London.

Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London

The latest addition to London’s hotel bar scene, the bar at Rosewood London feel welcoming, homely and utterly stylish.

With an open fire and book shelves as walls, it’s a bar that you could return to night after night.

The gorgeous Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London

Take a seat in one of the wing-back chairs, on the seats in front of the fire or on the rocking chair and enjoy a great cocktail list while listening to a live music performance that creates an enchanting evening.

The Zetter Townhouse

The venue is designed around ‘Aunt Wilhelmina’, a crazy old aunt whose trinkets and artefacts from her global travels make the Zetter the most unusual venue I’ve been to in a long time.

The cocktail menu is short but perfectly formed.

The Zetter Townhouse

Each cocktail is the result of a specific concept, and is the product of multiple experiments a lab to get the final libation just right.

Expect unusual ingredients, and the influence of many different techniques and fields, making The Zetter Townhouse a contender for one of the best cocktail bars in London.

Smokey Kudu

Smokey Kudu is an intimate cocktail bar housed under the arches at Queens Road station in Peckham.

It is the first standalone bar from couple Amy Corbin and Patrick Williams and a short walk away from their excellent restaurant Kudu.

Smokey Kudu

The 37-cover cocktail bar features a central horseshoe shaped bar topped with pink marble and a giant glass chandelier.

Smokey Kudu is open in the evenings only Wednesday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

The Hawksmoor Bar

The new Hawksmoor Bar in the basement of the original Hawksmoor Spitalfields on Commercial Street is a very fashionable and glamorous affair. A strip club was first turned into a fruit store and this spring has been reborn as a beautiful 60-cover bar.

The Hawksmoor Bar

The bar is dark, mysterious and funky with an excellent food offering to match, as you’d expect from one of London’s best steakhouses.

Bar Termini, Soho

Based on the Italian cafés and Roma Termini in the fifties, Bar Termini is an intimate all-day cocktail and coffee bar on Old Compton Street in Soho.

Bar Termini, SohoBar Termini, Soho

Pop by for a quick espresso at the bar or settle down and make your way through the list of apertivo cocktails such as the signature house Classico Negroni – accompany this with a selection of Italian charcuterie and cheeses.

Bar Termini was opened by drinks industry legend, Tony Conigliaro in 2014, along with friends Marco Arrigo (also head of UK quality at Illy coffee) and tattoo artist Mo Coppolletta.

Lyaness

Lyaness is the ground floor cocktail bar at the Sea Containers hotel on the South Bank.

Lyaness cocktail bar

Lyaness takes its cocktails very seriously in a sumptuously designed room. Add in the Thames-side location and views of St Paul’s and you have something pretty impressive.

Callooh Callay

Callooh Callay has an imaginative cocktail menu featuring old favourites and classics in an eclectic space that is as quirky and nonsensical as the Lewis Carroll poem from which it takes its name.

Callooh Callay Bar

Through a Narnia-esque wardrobe, you are taken to the Jubjub bar, an intimate little room that’s perfect for an intimate party at one of the best cocktail bars in London.

69 Colebrooke Row

The classy and bijou 69 Colebrooke Row has caused quite a stir on London’s cocktail scene over the last year.

69 Colebrooke Row Bar

The owner, Tony Conigliaro, who perfected his craft at the Shochu Lounge at Roka, is described as a molecular mixologist, and nobody can argue with his take on the classic cocktail, which are well priced at one of the best cocktail bars in London.

The Connaught Hotel

The Connaught hotel features two of London’s best cocktail bars that are ideal for very different occasions.

The Coburg Bar at The Connaught

The warmth and intimacy of the Coburg Bar make it a wonderful place to relax after a day at the office or shopping and certainly one of our best cocktail bars in London.

The Connaught Bar at The Connaught

The design and the cocktails at the Connaught Bar, with its marble, dark leather and metal Art Deco detailing, are perfect for an upbeat glamorous evening with friends.

We highly recommend one of their signature Martinis.

Downstairs at Morito

Downstairs at Morito, is a new bar underneath Morito  on Hackney Road.

Downstairs at Morito

This warm and welcoming spot serves the same Southern Spanish, North African and Easten Mediterranean dishes as in the restaurant upstairs, but with a casual late-night bar atmosphere and an added focus on cocktails.

It’s open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, with ticketed Morito Music nights running every Tuesday.

The Donovan Bar

The Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair is cool, stylish and buzzy.

The Donovan Bar at Brown's Hotel

The walls are adorned with Terence Donovan’s iconic black and white prints, which add a contemporary twist to the history of the surroundings.

Le Magritte

Sleek, sultry, Le Magritte opened in Mayfair’s The Beaumont hotel in August 2021.

Le Magritte bar at the beaumont

The 1920s New York-inspired bar has Antonino Lo Iacono (previously of Rules, Dukes, and Mark’s Club in Mayfair) at the helm. Expect classic cocktails, American whiskies and bourbons, alongside snacks including corn dogs, oysters, and caviar

Artesian Bar at The Langham

Situated in the beautifully revamped Langham hotel, the David Collins designed bar is sleek, sexy and dramatic.

Artesian Bar at The Langham

With its 50 types of rum, Artesian is ideally placed for a post shopping cocktail or a refined haven from the frenzy of nearby Soho at one of the best cocktail bars in London.

Rules

Widely regarded as London’s oldest restaurant, Rules still thrives in the heart of Covent Garden, thankfully not succumbing to the tourist trap.

Rules Bar

The upstairs bar is dark and cosy, with a gentlemen’s club feel to it, offering a historical take on the best cocktail bars in London.

The Bassoon Bar at The Corinthia

The Corinthia Hotel is one of London’s newest luxury hotels, situated close to Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament in an old Ministry of Defence building.

The hotel’s gorgeous bar, The Bassoon Bar, was designed by David Collins, where the centrepiece is the piano – not only do they have regular live music but the piano is built into the bar!

The Bassoon Bar at The Corinthia

The bar is stylish, relaxed and has an excellent cocktail list and feels warm and welcoming in the winter.

Nightjar

Nightjar is a beautiful bar hidden away in a basement in Old Street – the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of London.

Nightjar bar

The bartenders at Nightjar take a lot of care and attention when it comes to making their cocktails. They’re executed with flair and are garnished with some of the most beautiful garnishes.

Nightjar is a great place to relax with a drink alongside laid back jazz and brilliant live music.

The Best Cocktail Bars in London

If you liked this top 10 feature, why not read our guide to the best hotel bars? Read our other London bar guides including the best rooftop bars and the best beer gardens and terraces.

The information was correct at the time of writing.

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