Did somebody say cocktails? Oh yes, you heard right. The cocktail bars are calling our name – but with so much choice across the bustling city of London, which one to choose? After all, it’s the experience we’re after, not just a delicious tipple.
So, if you’re looking for a creative cocktail bar in London, we’ve got your back with our top nine ultra-quirky and uber-cool cocktail bars around our favourite city…
Solas at The Savoy
The Savoy recently unveiled its 1920’s inspired cocktail pop-up bar ‘Solas’ designed by our very own Meredith O’Shaughnessy – an epic collaboration between the world-class Savoy and Bowmore whisky. From the raw granite bar front inlaid with 24 carat gold leaf, to the 162 crystal decanters that hang from the bespoke chandelier, this is an experience not to be missed.
But be quick, it’s only open until 21 June 2021.
Where: The Savoy, Strand WC2R 0EZ
The Macallan Manor House at Rosewood London
Want more from the legendary Meredith Collective? Head to the Highlands with this serene Scottish retreat at the Macallan Manor House. Inspired by the mossy hills of Speyside and the new Macallan distillery, an unparalleled al fresco dining experience with refreshing cocktails awaits at this gorgeous covered terrace.
Grab a tartan blanket for those cooler days, or bask in the sunshine amongst lush greenery on those hot summer days where sipping cocktails is an absolute must.
Where: 262 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN
The Coral Room
Set in the heart of Bloomsbury, The Coral Room is a bar like no other. Created by Martin Brudnizki and Luke Edward Hall and inspired by the 1920’s, this vibrant bar is a step back in time with a cocktail menu to boot.
Think coral-coloured walls, parquet flooring, Murano glass chandeliers, and a marble-topped bar, along with bespoke illustrations adorning the walls. A classy spot to don a Royal title for a few hours and leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind.
Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN
Mr Foggs House of Botanicals
With plants being the trend of the hour, Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals won’t disappoint. No need to take a trip to your local garden centre, plus, you get the added bonus of botanical-inspired cocktails to match the large collection of flora and fauna throughout the premises.
No matter the weather, you’ll enjoy a tropical experience at Mr Foggs, with all the grandeur of a Mayfair residence. Sign us up!
Where: 48 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1QQ
Nikki’s Adventure Bar
Inspired by ‘the nightmare girlfriend your mum warned you about’, Nikki’s means business. If you’re looking for a shed load of sass and a care-free party-girl vibe, you’ll find it in abundance here. Hey, there’s even a bed in the bar for those extra selfie sessions with your tribe.
With an extensive selection of premium cocktails designed to appeal to the most sophisticated of palates darling, this is a place to party the night away and forget your worries. Who knows where the night will take you? Caution advised!
Where: 39A Hoxton Square, N1 6NN, London
Hidden away down a quiet unassuming street close to London Bridge station, enter the beautiful jungle of Nine Lives cocktail bar. Warm light and hanging plants meet pumping seventies funk and soul music. Be prepared to make this your new hangout and corporate escape.
Even better, the cocktail menu is designed by Sweet & Chilli, owners of the bar who also happen to be one of the world’s leading drinks agencies. What more could you ask for?
Where: 8 Holyrood Street, SE1 2EL
Experimental Cocktail Club
A true hidden gem unless you know exactly where it is – behind a battered front door in Chinatown which opens up into a brilliant little watering hole across three-floors. French staff and expertly crafted cocktails, along with brick and mirrored wall décor. Once you’ve shut the door, there’s nothing but stylish and elegant vibes.
Perhaps if you’re on the budget, it’s not the place to spend a full evening, with cocktails priced at an eye-watering £15. But for those wanting an authentic speakeasy experience with intimate surroundings, you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere better.
Where: 13a Gerrard Street, Soho, W1D 5PS.
Ladies & Gentlemen
Now if you’re looking for the ultimate in creativity, you’ve found it at Ladies and Gentlemen – housed in a former underground toilet block! Luckily, it no longer resembles (or smells) like its former home and has instead been transformed into a popular cocktail lounge with moodily lit small tables and jazz music coming from the speakers.
Count on the friendly table service and local ingredients that make up the unique cocktail menu, with their own spirits distilled on site.
Where: 2 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, NW5 1NR
Lost in Brixton
Say hello to Summer all year round with South London’s answer to Latin America. This jungle rooftop bar (with retractable roof) is accessed via a secret staircase in a corner of Brixton Village market, offering an idyllic escape from the city that you can get lost in no matter the time of year.
DJs and live music plus a selection of food traders mean you can line your tummy with your toe tapping before discovering the epic cocktail list with over 15 summer spritzers. See you there?
Where: Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS
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