Everyone needs to blow off some steam after a long week (or month) being stressed out at work and running daily errands that eventually start driving everyone crazy. Remember when you were younger and spent the whole night doing the twist, or if you’re somewhat younger, moving your body in funny and embarrassing ways to some equally funny but catchy tune? Well, perhaps those days are over and you want to relax, kick back and sip out a chilled glass of whiskey, beer or cocktail. The best 10 bars in London are probably some of the finest ones in the world as well. With fierce competition, the top players in the industry try very hard to offer the best possible service. London offers world class bars that have style and panache. Or if you prefer your bar experience to be less extravagant and more straightforward, it can be that as well. If you’ve read through other articles on our website you know that London is a buzzing city that has a vast history, and because of that it has grown into a metropolis where literally everyone can find numerous places they will fall in love with.
Situated in what use to be an old tailor’s storage room is one of London’s coolest bars. With its low ceiling, slightly dim lighting and wooden interior, you’ll feel as though you’re a 1950’s criminal plotting the crime of the century in a back alley basement bar where all the shady characters from the neighborhood hang out. That is until the friendly barman offers you the tastiest Pina Fumada you ever had, and you’re realize you’re in a trendy bar in the middle of London.
Visiting address: 29A Wentworth Street, London, E1 7TB
Shoreditch is probably the most creative and vibrant part of London. Hipsters will find this place to be their paradise. Located in the Ace Hotel is one of the coolest bars in the city. Its industrial clean look will not appeal to everyone, especially if you don’t have a macbook, but never the less it’s a fun place to hang out and have a few cocktails with friends.
Visiting address: 100 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1
Little New Orleans as some call it is located in the Shoreditch area. Refreshingly the Nola bar isn’t in a basement, it’s situated on the first floor above a more traditional London bar. It’s really easy walking by this place and not noticing it. But the owner admits that it’s still a work in progress, so hopefully this little bar that manages to bring the vibe and feel of the French Quarter to London stays on the map for some time to come.
Visiting address: 66-68 Rivington Street, London EC2
Believe it or not you can still get a feel for what a real speakeasy might have looked like. During the prohibition they were the only places a person could get a drink, while today it attracts people not because of its drinks but because of how cool it actually is. Even entering this place is something you’ll remember, but we don’t want to ruin the surprise. So make an appointment (booking) on their website and have a night that will completely spoil all the other bar experiences you’ve had.
Visiting address: 310c Earl’s Court Road, London, SW5
One more hotel bar that deserves a place when talking about the best 10 London bars. The rooms are splendid and luxurious but wait until you get inside their bar. The 1920’s styled bar offers mouth-watering cocktails that will hopefully numb the pain of paying £18 for a single drink. The service is world class, which is expected of such an establishment. Even if you pop in for a single drink, it’s going to be a marvelous one.
Visiting address: Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL
If you’re looking to impress a girl on your first date, make sure this is where you bring her. Not only will she think you’re a hot shot, after a few old-school cocktails she’ll be reveling in your presence. It’s not the easiest place to find, so make sure you ask the Marriot doormen to guide you in the right direction. Dress to impress and take an associate or a lady to the Luggage room and they’ll be putty in your hands.
Visiting address: Grosvenor Square, W1, London
If the previous establishment on this list was made to impress, this one is where you have fun and soak up the local culture. All the cocktails are served in old milk bottles, jam bottles or anything that looks the part. Anything that’s vintage, hence cool, you will find it here. Young artists will appreciate it the most because the bar gives them a chance to showcase their talent.
Visiting address: 75 Chamberlayne Rd, London, NW10 3ND
This Peruvian styled bar isn’t holding such a high spot without a reason. The staff are some of the nicest you’ll ever run into and their signature seabass with radish and samphire will make you wonder why you’ve never ventured here before. The national drink of Peru, the Pisco, is this bar’s center piece. Beware though, they serve the Pisco very sour. But if you don’t like it you can choose from many of the classic cocktails.
Visiting address: 18 Thayer St, London, W1U 3JY
The dimly lit rooms of the Callooh Callay as it’s known today were first opened fairly recently, in 2008. It soon became a real Shoreditch diamond! Among bars anyway. It’s difficult to explain why this venue works so well. The fusion between old and new has been done before. Quirky or mad don’t always end up being successful business ventures. The Callooh Callay offers something that feels good and right, without having the words to describe it properly. It’s like falling in love for the first time.
Visiting address: 65 Rivington St, London, EC2A 3AY
Where to begin? The Artesian Bar has been voted as the best bar in the world three years in a row. If luck serves you, the world renowned mixologist Alex Kratena will make you the best cocktails you’ve ever had. The bar boasts the largest collection of rum in the whole of London. If it’s sophistication you seek, there’s no better place than the Artesian Bar. Being voted out as the best bar in the world in such a competitive business is no easy feat.
Visiting address: 1C Portland Place, London, W1B 1JA