The 20 Best Cocktail Bars in London

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London has many places to explore and one thing we do very well are cocktail bars. We might not be New York (yet), but in my opinion the choice of quirky, classic and awesome cocktail bars are well on their way to catching up. If you live in the city or are visiting from near or far then here are our chosen Best 20 best cocktail bars in London!



1. Aqua Spirit

You’ll find Aqua located off of Regent Street on Argyll Street, the entrance is at ground level but you’ll be whisked up in a lift to the top floor where you’ll be greeted with a beautiful dark, Japanese style bar, adorned with bamboo in the seating booths. Always guaranteed to be busy on a weekend, it’s a great place to start an evening in central London if you’re looking for one. Their strawberry mojitos are pretty delicious!



2. Sushi Samba 

Sushi Samba is across the world and is renowned for it’s food however it’s London location at the top of the Heron Tower is definitely worth checking out. Whilst the drinks may be a tad overpriced, this is London and you will be standing on a roof terrace with a pretty spectacular bar. Go up and have a look at the view, weekends there will likely be a queue and make sure you’re not wearing trainers as sorry guys this is one of those places but the despite the steep prices the atmosphere, views and high quality cocktails are worth it!



3. Madison Rooftop Gardens

Madison Rooftop Gardens has a pretty incredible view over the city and especially St Paul’s Cathedral. It has a great after-work vibe and is always buzzing in the summer. Pick up their cocktail or wine list and enjoy the views over the city as the sun sets!



4. Radio at ME Hotel

The Radio at the ME Hotel may attract an assortment of London’s wealthier, flashier clientele but it has one of the best, if not the best view from a cocktail bar in the city. Head up on a sunny day or for sunset and you’ll be pretty content with your situation. Naturally the prices of drinks are expensive because well it’s London and the view is something else. It’s worth visiting  for a special occasion or if you want a drink before dinner!



5. Duck and Waffle

Duck and Waffle is located on top of Sushi Samba in the Heron Tower by Liverpool Street Tube. Whilst I personally wouldn’t recommend their food, their cocktails are great and if you manage to snag a table by the window then you’ll be greeted with a pretty exceptional view over London. The lift to get up is also pretty cool, it’s glass so you whizz up watching London as you go.



6. Queen of Hoxton

You’ll find the Queen of Hoxton in the heart of East London. In the summertime their rooftop transforms into the perfect location for any sunny afternoon or evening. It’s got a really cool vibe and is usually playing great music, this combined with rooftop views makes it an obvious choice of destination when searching for a bar in the city.



7. The Shard Aqua

The Shard is the tallest building in London and many of the top floors belong to restaurants and bars including Aqua, who’s other branch I told you about above. The views over the city from the bar are pretty exquisite and the choice of cocktails are even better. With very talented bartenders and a fabulous view of the city, this is definitely a cocktail bar you should be visiting.



8. Bodega Negra

If you can find the entrance to Bodega Negra you may be misled into thinking it’s a sex shop, thanks to the luminous signs which adorn the deceptive window. You’ll walk in and be greeted by a scantily glad mannequin, a hostess and a flight of stairs. If you don’t have a reservation for dinner (which you should seriously consider an advanced booking because the food is amazing) then just say you’d like to have drinks. The bar is always busy and drinks are pretty reasonably priced considering it’s Central Soho location, be sure to try their blended margarita of the day, you won’t be disappointed! @bodeganegra



9. Barrio East 

Barrio has a couple of locations in London, one being off Shroeditch Highstreet. Barrio East is a really fun place to go with friends. They serve reasonably priced and delicious cocktails with a central American theme running throughout. You won’t be disappointed by the taste or aghast at the price. Add it to your lists!



10. The Blues Kitchen

The Blues Kitchen in the heart of Shoreditch is a really fun place to enjoy an evening with friends. There’s both delicious food and cocktails to choose from. Their moderately priced, the venue is very shabby chic and very Shoreditch. I highly recommend you pay them a visit for some drinks and maybe even dinner if you’re peckish, awesome music and great vibe.



11. Simmons Camden 

There’s a number of Simmons Bars around London, including one in King’s Cross but the one in Camden is a personal favourite. It’s relatively new and offers very reasonably priced drinks for their location. They’re known for their cocktails served in teapots and saucers so definitely check them out if you’re in the area!



12. 5cc Electricity Show Rooms

The 5cc Electricity Show Rooms is a hidden, speakeasy style bar with a number of locations in London including Hoxton and Farringdon. If you’re planning on visiting them then definitely try their ‘Post Order’ cocktail, it’s delicious.



13. Chelsea Prayer Room

The Chelsea Prayer Room is guarded with an ever changing password, it’s located within the restaurant Goast on the Fulham Road and they serve up a pretty delicious and serious choice of cocktails. Dress the part and head on down, you won’t be disappointed.



14. Barsmith 

Barsmith is located in Farringdon and they specialise in house infused spirits and cocktails. It recently won Bar of the Year and for good reason too. They’re also incredibly good value with the offer of 2 for 1 cocktails every weekday from 8-10pm, the best happy hour I’ve ever found in London! Delicious choice of cocktails and great atmosphere should definitely entice you through their door.



15. Trailer Happiness

Trailer Happiness can be found downstairs in Notting Hill off of the infamous Portobello Road. All of their cocktails are delicious and have a little Tiki twist to them. It’s a really fun place to go with a group of friends and catch up over a couple of drinks!



16. The Phene 

You’ll find the Phene in the heart of Chelsea off of Phene Street. It’s a little bistro style restaurant and bar with a lovely garden to sit out in on a sunny day. The garden is what really makes this bar a destination to visit in South West London. Their mojitos are also delicious and they have lots of more original cocktail recipes on their menu for you to choose from. Definitely a great spot during the summer months!



17. Looking Glass Cocktail Club 

The Looking Glass Cocktail Club are renowned for their innovative and different cocktails. They’re located off of Hackney Road near Columbia Road, they’re definitely a one of a kind type of bar. There’s a speak easy vibe to the place and delicious choice of cocktails making them well worth the hunt to find them!



18. Artesian 

Artesian is a very sophisticated and original bar in London, with a team of exceptionally talented mixologists and bartenders you’ll be spoilt for choice when visiting them. They’ve received a number of awards for their cocktails and you’ll be forking out quite a bit for a drink but it’s definitely a location to spoil yourself on a special occasion!



19. Evans and Peel Detective Agency

The Evans and Peel Detective Agency is a true speakeasy located in Earls Court. It’s all very csecretive with a statement you have to tell the hostess. Once inside you’ll be treated to their awesome selection of cocktails and vintage spirits, there’s also a great selection of food to choose from. Booking is essential so be sure to call them up in advance.



20. Nightjar Bar

The Nighjar is somewhere you won’t be forgetting anytime soon. It’s a beautiful, low lit bar with a cocktail list that’s divided into eras, such as Prohibition. You’ll find them near Old Street Station in East London and it’s the perfect place to try out an experimental cocktail and chat with a friend.

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  • lesleyhughes129@gmail.com'
    October 20, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Just the list I was looking for!! Headed to London for the first time this week and can’t wait to try out these spots!

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    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    August 27, 2015 at 2:57 am

    I’m returning to London in a few weeks — can’t wait to try one of these cocktail bars while I’m there. Thanks for putting together this great list.

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    Daniel | Dan Flying Solo
    August 25, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Great list Emma! Must have been really hard work drinking so many cocktails! Radio @ Me will always be my favourite, great spot!

  • alfredo196@alice.it'
    alfredo ciano
    August 22, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Ok Dear Emma : Your Guide is Very Complete !!! For a Trip on the Streets of London Night & Day !!! ByeBye , Lots of Luck !!!

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    Maddy @ Travel Alphas
    August 22, 2015 at 10:07 am

    These look delicious! Such a great list that I’ll have to put to the test very soon!

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    Andrea Petersen
    August 20, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Awesome list! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

  • tanyr_bess@live.co.uk'
    August 19, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Cool post.

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    Liana Ginefra
    August 19, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Sushi Samba is awesome! Amazing views and drinks are delicious 🙂 although it’s definitely on the pricier side.

  • lisa@stentvedt.no'
    August 19, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Bodega Negra and Duck & Waffle are great, and I love seeing the Phene on Made in Chelsea, haha 🙂

    If you haven’t been already, I strongly advise everyone to visit the 55 Bar in Camden, their cocktails are amazing!

  • majean2@gmail.com'
    August 18, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Great list! I hadn’t heard of some these before so thanks for sharing. Ooh and there’s also Sky Garden which has lovely cocktails too!

  • d_theodosiou@hotmail.com'
    August 18, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    They all look delicious!!!!

  • olganikolskaya@live.co.uk'
    August 18, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    You missed out a few :O

    Experimental Cocktail Club is by far one of the best in London! Also Mark’s Bar in Soho, as well as Zetter Townhouse, Opium, Joyex Bordelle, Mr. Foggs, Portside Parlour, American Bar at the Savoy etc

  • Celines@live.de'
    August 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Wow this is so amazing : ) I love London so incredibly much!
    Céline blogging on

  • bohar.maja@gmail.com'
    August 18, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I saved this post for when I will be living in London and not be pregnant anymore 😉
    x M.

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    Leonie Parker
    August 18, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    You gotta love Cocktail in London. Love your photos!

    Leonie ♥

  • christina@thelondongirl.no'
    August 18, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    What a great list! However, I think Experimental Cocktail Club is missing. Such a good place for yummy cocktails 😉

  • m.kohl@frieda-elly.com'
    August 18, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for this post!
    One of the loveliest places this year: the Hendrick’s Horticultural Oasis at Blakes Hotel 🙂

  • iida.e.lehtonen@gmail.com'
    August 18, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    What an awesome and beautiful cocktails.I’ve visited London but never thought it as a cocktail-city. I definitely need to go back there and explore that side of it too!

  • britt.jeffs@gmail.com'
    August 18, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    These all look delicious! Will have to bookmark them for when I’m in London in December. I’ll definitely have to be drinking myself a blanket at that time of the year!

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    Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite
    August 18, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Cool photos and great list!!

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    Joy Della Vita (Lisa)
    August 18, 2015 at 8:36 am

    What a nice selection! 🙂

  • restlesscat.ola@gmail.com'
    August 18, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Thank you for this post, I’m planning to head to London to meet my friends. Now I have some suggestions where we can have some drinks 😀

  • sarahkennerley@gmail.com'
    August 18, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Adding this post to all the reasons I want to move to London!