From a boozy tea house in Stoke Newington, to a classy British-style tavern in The Langham Hotel – here are 5 awesome new London Cocktail bars you can’t miss.
Plus!! Some exciting future openings coming soon…
Where London bartenders are hanging out
This new Stokey haunt is a fusion between a tea room and an aperitivo bar, with exotic nods to the expatriate lifestyle in Asia mixed with stylish Scandi design. There’s an extensive tea menu for the virtuous, along with cocktails and aperitivo drinks from all over the globe.
4a Brooke Road, N16 7LS
New Indy cocktail bar in Kings X
We’re always up for a cool new Kings X bar – the place is getting slicker by the minute, but there’s definitely a gap in the market for more independent cocktail bars like this. Previously The Carpenter’s Arms, the new owners have reinvented the venue with original features of the 140-year-old pub with exposed brick work (trendy alert) and decorative diamond tiles. The cocktails are simplistic but with a top quality focus. Think ‘Fun but Serious’ – like theirPenicillin in a Storm, it’s a Penicillin cocktail blended and topped with black porter beer.
3. Bar Elba
Rooftop rose bar
Rooftop views, Frose (frozen rose cocktails), and neon galore – how can you go wrong?
Rooftop, Mercury House, 109-117 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8UL
4. The Wigmore
Slick tavern-style bar with cocktails by the Artesian crew
Located in the swish Langham Hotel, you know this new classy British tavern is going to have good cocktails – because they’re headed up by the hotel’s Artesian bar team. If you don’t know, the Artesian was, until recently, crowned the best bar in the world for four years in a row. There’s also top wines on tap, locally made beers and trendy hoptails. The food isn’t too shabby either, with meaty plates from Michel Roux Jr.
1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, GB W1B 1JA
Cocktail trolly bar from the guys with a Michelin Star
The guys from Michelin starred restaurant Pidgin have just launched a great new place Magpie, this time with a strong cocktail focus. There’s be a loaded drinks trolly – with even more cocktails at the bar. Serves come with quirky names like ‘I’m Jim Morrison I’m Dead’. Of course there’ll be super tasty food too – with an upmarket British Twist on dim sum and ingredients you can’t even begin to pronounce, like gjetost and nukazuke pickles.
10 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BX
6. Tea Room
What? London’s first Chinese cocktail bar, a speakeasy where you can really get to know not very well known spirits like baijiu, with 99% of the ingredients from China. Expect cool little twists with your drinks, like a smoked candy cigarette with your smoky Cigarette and Palm cocktail. There’s going to Cantonese neon signs, a Chinese pop soundtrack, and a newspaper style menu. PLUS 20 different bottles of baijius, house-made rice wine and some Taiwanese single malt whiskies.
Where? In a Soho basement underneath a Chinese bun house
OTHER BARS & EXCITING BOOZY PLACES COMING SOON
Smoking Goat Shoreditch – Opening October
Soho’s renowned Thai barbecue pub is coming East way, but this time the main focus is on the bar – with cocktails using the same ingredients and fruits used in the delicious food – for which there’ll be a short and sweet menu of just 4 dishes that change daily.
7 Denmark St, London WC2H 8LZ
Meat man Neil Rankin is bringing a gin and curry- focussed Temper to suit city
2 Angel Court, 30 Throgmorton Street, London EC2R 7HJ
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