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London’s Best Cocktail Bars

29th July 2013 Print

As Britain’s number on city and the nation’s capital of cool London boasts a range of ultra-chic cocktail bars, usually hidden just out of view of the masses. Although if you’re lucky and adventurous, you might just stumble across one of them, the truth is you need to be in the know if you want to guarantee a seat at the bar at one of these uber-trendy spots. So if you’re partial to a White Russian or a Singapore Sling, read on to find out how you can get your hands on the capitals finest drinks during your next visit…


The impressive Great Northern Hotel at London’s King’s Cross St Pancras station has recently undergone a huge £40m restoration project. One of the outcomes of the refurbishment is a super-sleek and very sexy cocktail bar – the GNH Bar. With décor that points towards both Parisian sophistication and a relaxed Manhattan sense of cool, this place could be suffering from an identity crisis, but it’s not. The bar is assured and trendy, with experienced barmen and women who can make a mean cocktail. It’s hard not to get wrapped up in the glamour and the romance of the place too as the bar promises ‘cocktails and stolen glances ‘til late’. We just love it.

OXO Tower Bar

With a view over the river Thames and the domes of St Pauls Cathedral you would have to be slightly crazy not to enjoy a drink at the Oxo Tower Bar. The interior is a little corporate but that didn’t bother us, as the drinks were spectacular and the overall ambience one to remember. Go once, go at night and you won’t be disappointed.


In the most unlikely of locations, on the roof of an abandoned multi-storey car park in Peckham, you’ll find Frank’s. The bar consists of not much more than a few rows of table and an inventive canvas cover, but they make a mean Negroni and a very decent Moscow Mule and, best of all, you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the city whilst rubbing shoulders with a hip, young crowd. It’s only open in the summer and has a strict kick-out time of 11pm, so be sure to get in quick.

The Lonsdale

Tucked away in a side street in London’s slick Notting Hill is The Lonsdale, a great little cocktail bar and dining room. Choose from over 80 different cocktails, then watch the expert mixologists make your drink for you and kick-back and enjoy it in trendy yet understated surroundings.  Some of the drinks date back to the 16th Century and we certainly don’t recommend trying them all in one evening, though a night at the Lonsdale is always a true experience and one where you may just learn something too.

Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey retains its sense of urban-cool by only allowing access by non-members until 11pm, after which you need to be with a member to be allowed in. But this is a very exclusive cocktail bar that shows off the best of what late-night Soho drinking is about. We love their champagne cocktails (try the wicked Dom Pedro), the London Calling (a refreshing Gin affair) and the dangerous Applejack Rabbit. Milk and Honey is fun and glamorous and we recommend you pay them a visit at the next possible opportunity.

Do you have any favourite spots to sip cocktails in the capital that we haven’t included on our list? We’d love to hear about them – please comment or drop us a line.