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Visiting all the landmarks, trying out the best fish and chips in town, or just simply taking a long walk in Hyde Park might be some of the things you have in mind. However, if you are an interior design lover, you might want to start looking for inspiration somewhere else. If you happen to be out during happy hour, these are the best cocktail bars in London for you to admire some incredible tasty drinks
The bar once known as The Kingly Club, and before that The Pinstripe Club, is nowadays known as The Disrepute. Located in Kingly Court, Disrepute features a heavy 1960s luxurious vibe, boasting marble floors and polished brass accents.
Once through its blue door, the space takes on a sincere but sensual feeling, with brick walls lined with modern art prints and a bar designed around a mosaic of old coins. This unshowy aesthetic is typical of the French culinary style that inspires the former Savoy bartender.
Three Sheets is the cocktail world’s best example of beauty in simplicity. This tiny space in London’s Dalston is the result of the uncluttered philosophy of brothers Max and Noel Venning. There isn’t another place in London where you’ll find more off-duty bartenders per square foot.
Gordon’s Wine Bar is thought to be the oldest wine bar in London having been established in 1890. The bar is still owned by Gordon’s family and it is one of the most suggestive bars in London, a visit in here is a must.
This bar was created by multi award-winning bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana to challenge the traditional bar set up and to create a bar that borrowed from the heritage of Sea Containers house and its iconic location along the River Thames.
Callooh Callay opened in November 2008. At the time, cocktail bars in Shoreditch were few and far between. The goal was to open a venue which delivered high quality drinks and service, but without any of the pretension that came along with those things in 2008.
Located on Old Compton Street, Swift brings an elegant and grown-up cocktail offering, combined with the welcoming friendliness of a local bar. Taking inspiration from the European class of bar where a quick drink marks the end of the day or the beginning of the night, Swift sits effortlessly between a local pub and a reservation only bar, swooping in to join the cultural hub of central Soho.
Nightjar’s reputation for breathing new life into forgotten cocktails and bringing fresh perspective to classic recipes and presentation is world renowned. Alongside the cocktail menu is an extensive spirit list, including vintage spirits, a menu of tapas and sharing plates, and a nightly schedule of the very best vintage jazz, blues, ragtime, and swing that London has to offer.
Looking for the Experimental Cocktail Club can prove tricky. You may find yourself backtracking up and down Gerrard Street looking for an unassuming black door, inconspicuously sandwiched in-between two Chinese restaurants. Once inside, the vibe is more sexy Shoreditch speakeasy than Chinatown drinking den, all raw, exposed brick, juxtaposed with luxurious furnishing flourishes.
The American Bar is the longest surviving cocktail bar in London and one of the most renowned in the world. Serving classics with a twist, new and vintage creations and legendary bartender’s signature drinks, like Harry Craddock’s famous White Lady, the American Bar remains at the forefront of the industry, been recently named World’s Best Bar at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2018 and World’s 50 Best Bars 2017.