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34 of the buzziest new bar openings in London to visit next

From chic cocktail bars in the capital’s most luxurious new hotels to a Puglian-inspired wine bar in Covent Garden, these are the latest drinking hot spots to have on your radar

The capital has played host to a dizzying array of enticing openings over recent months, and it would seem there’s never been a better time to visit to some of the best new bars in London. From glamorous hotel cocktail bars and subterranean drinking dens to laidback wine bars, there’s no shortage of buzzy hotspots to add to your list. Here’s our pick of the best London bars that have opened in 2024 (followed by some of our favourites that opened last year). 

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Dram

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There’s been a lot of buzz about this new Soho bar, and for good reason. Opened by drinks experts Chris Tanner, Martyn ‘Simo’ Simpson and Jack Wallis, two of whom were part of the team at Silverleaf and all are formerly of Soho’s other whisky specialists, Milroy’s, Dram was created to modernise the way people see whisky. The space itself certainly reflects this; it’s a vibrant rabbit warren of a drinking den, spread across three floors of a 17th-century Grade II-listed building.

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Have a snoop around and you’ll stumble across two bars, a whisky shop, an outdoor terrace and a private pool room with a vending machine that dispenses ready-to-drink whisky soda cocktails, all mixed and canned in-house. Their other drinks offerings are just as inventive, ranging from tapped cocktails – don’t leave without trying their Mezcal & Coconut concoction – to more complex drinks like the Beetroot & Raspberry Wine, made with cacao butter distillate, almond and Michter’s Rye. Those in-the-know have suggested it won’t be long until Dram finds itself on the World’s 50 Best Bars list – watch this space. 

7 Denmark Street, Soho, London WC2H 8LZ
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Flute at the Broadwick Soho

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If you like your cocktail bars with a side of maximalist interiors, Flute is the spot for you. Located inside the Martin Brudnizki-designed Broadwick Soho hotel, the décor here is gloriously over-the-top: think animal-print upholstery, palm frond carpets and mirrored ceilings. Pull up a stool at the glowing onyx-topped bar and work your way through the cocktail menu, which features twists on classics such as a French 75 muddled with Thai basil, and a Cosmopolitan mixed with shiso and cacao.

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But it’s in the summer that Flute will really come into its own. Perched at the very top of the hotel, the rooftop bar has its own landscaped, wraparound outdoor terrace, designed to make it feel as if you’re drinking and dining in the Med. Offering spectacular views over the Soho streets and the London skyline beyond, there’s nowhere better to while away a balmy summer night. 

20 Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1F 8HT
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Bar Kinky

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The award for the best-named new bar goes to this Fitzrovia spot, which sits below Georgian restaurant Kinkally. The subterranean cocktail den has brought something totally new to the London bar scene – a hyper-modern space lit by orange and violet light installations that plays techno music late into the night. The bar is headed up by Andrew Pruts, part of the team behind Insider, which climbed to number 13 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list, so you can expect the cocktails here to be suitably stellar.

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The drinks, created by a talented team of mixologists, are just as inventive as you’d expect. Our top picks include the Tiger, made with rum, passion fruit, miso shiro and marzipan, and the Twist, which is a blend of East London vodka, raspberry, buckwheat, vanilla and ginger. If you’re feeling peckish, head upstairs where you can feast on the Georgian dumplings – or ‘khinkali’ – the restaurant is named after.  

43 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1RS
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Three Sheets Soho

Londoners, rejoice! World-renowned Dalston bar Three Sheets has opened a new location in the heart of the capital, bringing their award-winning cocktails to Soho. Founded in 2016 by brothers Max and Noel Venning, the original currently stands at number seven on the UK’s Top 50 Cocktail Bars list, and was previously on the World’s 50 Best Bars list for five years running. So, unsurprisingly, expectations are sky high for their newest spot.

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The biggest difference between this space and the east London original is that Soho is an all-day affair, offering Dead Good coffee and pastries in the morning before rolling into lunch, dinner and drinks. The cocktail menu is also brand new, featuring highlights that include a carbonated French 75, made with gin, clarified lemon, moscato, orange flower and verjus; a Mango Ice Tea, blended with rum, pickled mango and cloud and Lapsang teas; and a Scottish coffee that combines buttered scotch, salted coffee and shortbread cream. There’s also a small wine list and a food menu that’s been put together by ex-Lyle’s chef and butcher William Blank, featuring salt beef sandwiches, croquettes and fresh oysters. 

13 Manette Street, Soho, London W1D 4AW
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Alfi

If you’re on the hunt for a great new wine bar in Shoreditch, Alfi could be just the ticket. The Italian-inspired spot is nestled within Spitalfields Market and features two distinct spaces: a laidback bar on the left, and a more upscale restaurant on the right. One of the main highlights of the bar is its extensive wine selection, which include 10 carefully chosen European wines available on tap and over 40 different wines by the bottle. You’ll also find a range of draft lager and IPA sourced from local brewer Five Points.

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While the excellent wine offering is undoubtedly one of the main draws here, there’s also a cocktail list that’s more than worth perusing. There you’ll find Italian classics such as Bellinis and Negronis alongside more unusual offerings like the East 8 Hold Up, made with Sapling vodka, Aperol, pineapple juice, lime juice and passion fruit syrup. Pair it with one of the freshly cooked pizzette or filled focaccia sandwiches from the bar menu and you’re onto a winner. 

3 Crispin Place, Shoreditch, London E1 6DW
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Prelude by Oriole

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When award-winning speakeasy Oriole was forced to close its doors in 2022 due to the redevelopment of Smithfields Market, it was a sad day for London’s bar scene. But now Oriole is back, slated to open a new permanent spot in Covent Garden in the summer. If you can’t wait that long, don’t fear – ahead of that they’ve also opened a three-month pop-up, aptly-named Prelude by Oriole, on Slingsby Place.

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Designed as a kind of experimental testing space, the team will be using the pop-up to try out some of their more inventive new recipes ahead of their full summer opening. Some of the most enticing options on the current cocktail list include the Saraburi Punch, made with Macallan Double Cask 12-Year-Old whisky, mango yoghurt, pandan cream and brown rice syrup, and the Bergerac, a blend of Courvoisier VSOP Cognac, baked pear cider, Elecampane and fig leaf aperitif. As well as first-class cocktails, the sleek and sultry bar also plays host to two free sets of live piano each night, running from 8pm – 10pm. 

23 Slingsby Place, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9AB
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Capilungo

London may be home to plenty of Italian-inspired bar-cafés, but few channel the charms of Puglia in their offering. This newly-opened Covent Garden spot takes its inspiration from the café culture in the picturesque city of Lecce and brings a slice of southern Italy to London through its terracotta-hued interiors and selection of wines from the province. The bar has been co-founded by Lecce-born brother and sister duo Gianluca and Asia Capilungo, as well as their uncle, Luca Capilungo, who has run his own successful Lecce café since 1991.

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Their wine list features a variety of selections from small family-farm producers around the region of Puglia, and the knowledgeable staff are only too happy to take you on a full Apulian wine experience. Start off with a glass of the classic Primitivo di Manduria before moving onto more unusual varieties like Super Apulian Cabernet Sauvignon or Negroamaro. As well as wine there’s a range of Italian aperitifs on offer, which pair perfectly with Lecce’s iconic ‘pasticciotto’ and ‘rustico’ pastries. 

76 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9LB
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Shanghai Bar at Hutong

High above the capital’s skyline, on level 33 of The Shard, sits Hutong, the London offshoot of the glamorous Hong Kong favourite. The newly opened Shanghai Bar there marks the latest spot where you can clink glasses high above the capital, with a side order of some of the finest views in London. This is undoubtedly a romantic spot, and the Shanghai fully embraces that notion with its special ‘Date Night’ menu, which pairs a selection of its cocktails with Hutong’s signature dim sum platter.

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As for said cocktails, each one is inspired by the five elements of Chinese philosophy – wood, metal, water, earth and fire – as well as the Chinese zodiac signs. Use your zodiac sign to find out your element and corresponding flavour profile, and order your cocktail accordingly. Our top pick would be the Hutong Sour – made with Bacardi Caribbean Spiced, Song Cha Earl Grey, peach liqueur, lime, orgeat syrup and egg white – which is ideally suited to Tigers, Rabbits, Pigs and Rats. 

33 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, London SE1 9RY
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42 at Gymkhana

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Two Michelin-starred Gymkhana has long been known as one of London’s top restaurants – now the Mayfair hotspot has a glamorous new cocktail lounge to go with it. Named 42, the opening marks JKS Restaurants’ first foray into the world of bars, and it’s just as glamorous as you’d expect, with an innovative cocktail list that pairs the finest Indian ingredients with nostalgic flavours.

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The sultry interiors reflect India’s rich cultural heritage, with a hand-carved oak bar, ornate Indian fabrics and embroidered textiles. Don’t leave without trying a Bagheera – 42’s take on a classic margarita – made with Lost Explorer Espadin mezcal, Chaprah weaver ant chutney, lime juice and banasura peppercorn. 

42 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4JH
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The Emory Bar

When the Maybourne Hotel Group – the team behind Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley – announces it’s opening a new hotel in London, the capital sits up and listens. Now that new addition, The Emory, is finally here and it’s every bit as glamorous as you’d expect. Located in Knightsbridge, just around the corner from The Berkeley, it provides a tranquil haven in the heart of London’s hustle and bustle – and nowhere is this truer than in the Emory Bar.

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Situated on the hotel’s ground floor, the bar is decked out in chic mid-century inspired décor, with a bar that flows naturally into the courtyard. There, you can sip expertly crafted cocktails beside a sprawling stained-glass piece by acclaimed artist Brian Clarke. Those lucky enough to be hotel guests also have access to Bar 33 on the rooftop, which offers sweeping views over the London skyline. There’s no fixed cocktail menu here; instead, every creation is completely bespoke, mixed to match your mood and palate. Each new recipe is then recorded in the bar’s little black book, ready for your future visits. 

Old Barrack Yard, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7NP
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Chiave

When it comes to the best new bars in London, this Italian-inspired cocktail bar in Shoreditch is right near the top of our list. Located on Redchurch Street and split across two floors, the name ‘Chiave’ means ‘key’ in Italian, and the idea is that everyone who comes here feels like they’ve been given a key to somewhere special. On the ground floor sits the main bar, where the exposed brick walls are lined with artworks by up-and-coming artists, all of which are for sale. There you can sip on an expertly made cocktail, like the Doomsday, which is a blend of Tanqueray No.10, cucumber, bergamot, parsley and melon.

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Downstairs, meanwhile, you’ll find in an intimate dance space where renowned DJs take to the decks, amplified by a custom sound system shipped in from Copenhagen. The music programming has been designed by Chiave’s owners, Turkish couple Selin Duren and Cem Ozden, who are both regulars on the London music scene. Expect both international and local DJs spinning genres such as house, minimal techno, electro funk and hip hop, with nights alternating between secret ticketed gigs and open houses for everyone to enjoy. 

36 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DP
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Opened in 2023

Forza Wine

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When it comes to the best new bars in London, the new Forza Wine is right at the top of our list. Following on from the success of their site in Peckham, the team opened a second outpost at the National Theatre last September, bringing its inimitable energy to the north-west terrace of the famous Brutalist landmark. Overlooking the South Bank and the Thames, the space is Forza’s largest project to date, with a mix of banquette seating and high-top tables for pre-theatre dinners, post-theatre drinks or long catch-ups with friends.

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Like their south London site, you can expect an accessible natural wine list and a regularly changing seasonal cocktail menu, with serves such as a cherry negroni, Limonata Bianca and a frozen peach margarita on offer. As for food, their ‘sort of Italian’ inspired snack menu features favourites including cauliflower fritti with aioli, mozzarella with figs and hazelnuts and pancetta potato cakes and pickled cabbage, as well as their signature soft serve. 

Royal National Theatre, Upper Ground, Southbank, London SE1 9PX
nationaltheatre.org.uk

Viajante87

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While this conceptual cocktail bar in Notting Hill may have originally opened in , September saw the team unveil an all-new cocktail concept courtesy of their new Bar Director Pietro Collina, formerly of the renowned Eleven Madison Park.  Strongly inspired by the team’s travels around Latin America – ‘viajante’ translates as ‘explorer’ in Spanish – the cocktail list is divided into five sections and features a range of ingredients from the continent. 

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Highlights include the Glacier Martini, inspired by the glacial fjords in Patagonia, which uses grapes and plums grown in the fertile area and is served at -20 degrees Celsius, and the Charanda Old-Fashioned, which has notes of grass and unaged sugar cane, rounded off with a tincture of Amburana seeds sourced from the Brazilian Amazon. Sip along to Latin-inspired playlists and be prepared to get up and dance once the tempo ramps up later in the night.

87 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, London W11 3JZ
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Little Cellars

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Peckham Cellars has made a name for itself as one of south London’s best-loved neighbourhood restaurants and wine bars – now the trio behind the Peckham hot-spot has launched a second wine bar concept, Little Cellars, in Camberwell. Following a dramatic renovation of the space, the bar serves an eclectic mix of old and new world wines by the glass, alongside a food and bar snack menu courtesy of new head chef, Ollie Lawrance (previously head chef at famed London wine bar group, Terroirs).

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The cosy wine bar has been designed with a classic mid-century feel throughout, with clean geometric lines, dark wood panelling and rich green paint tones. There’s also an outdoor terrace and a dedicated wine shop next door, for those looking to pick up a bottle of something special to take home with them. 

75 Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, London SE5 8TU
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Dover Yard at 1 Hotel Mayfair

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When 1 Hotel Mayfair opened last summer, it broke new ground for sustainable luxury hotels in the capital. Their bar, Dover Yard, followed suit last autumn, adopting a conscious approach that takes its inspiration from the simplicity of nature. Headed up by Matteo Carretta – previously Director of Mixology at Claridge’s – the drinks have been designed to celebrate local craft spirits, as well as repurposed and native seasonal ingredients.

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Overlooking a lush botanical courtyard, it’s a pleasingly zen space for an evening tipple. Go for one of the zero waste cocktails on the menu, which are all made using leftover ingredients and produce from across the hotel. Our top pick is the Rookie Bramble, which is a combination of Boatyard Double Gin, British honey, brambleberry and lemon sour mash, a concoction made from the daily leftover lemon husks used for fresh juicing.

3 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8DJ
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Nessa

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Soho got a cool new late-night hot spot last year in the form of Nessa, a glamorous drinking establishment on Brewer Street. Designed by Fettle, the interiors have taken inspiration from Soho’s eclectic and colourful past, woven in with references to the Edwardian baroque architecture of the building. Mid-century modern vintage furniture dominates the space and the retro vibe is further amplified by the bar’s weekly live music nights, with guest artists performing stylish jazz-infused sets.

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Bar Manager Floriano Cubeddu (previously of The Goring Hotel) serves a menu that champions British producers and seasonal ingredients, with playful tipples including Ol’ China Plate, which mixes East London rye whisky, Sacred dry vermouth and Sipello with Campari, and the Randy Hiball, a reimagined old British pub hangover cure that mixes Seven Tails brandy with rosemary tonic and port. Similarly nostalgic bar snacks come courtesy of executive chef Tom Cenci and range from homemade BBQ crisps to cheese and onion croquettes with mustard mayo. 

86 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 9UB
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Brooklands Bar at the Peninsula London

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London had a slew of new luxury hotel openings in 2023, and the Peninsula on Hyde Park Corner is one of the finest. The crowning glory right at the top of the hotel is the Brooklands rooftop restaurant and bar, overseen by Claude Bosi. With uninterrupted views over London’s skyline and a design inspired by its namesake, Brooklands Racetrack, implemented by top London-based architects Archer Humphryes, it’s a sleek new addition to the capital’s luxury bar scene. 

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Accessed by a lift designed to look like a hot-air balloon, complete with a wicker-basket interior, the bar’s geodetic ceiling is inspired by the work of English engineer Barnes Wallis, while the carriage seating and leather-lined wall panelling recall those of the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. Highlights from the inventive drinks menu include the Aldrin, which combines the freshness of a vodka sour with orange blossom liqueur, peppermint, pine, lemon and egg white, and the Disco, a tropical spin on a Negroni. 

1 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, London SW1X 7HJ
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Larry’s Bar at the National Portrait Gallery

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As part of the National Portrait Gallery’s mega three-year refurbishment and reopening last summer, the iconic London landmark has welcomed a series of stylish new drinking and dining establishments, including the subterranean Larry’s. Dubbed London’s most glamorous dive bar, the underground cocktail lounge is accessed via a secret entrance on Charing Cross Road and is located in the historic vaults of the NPG.

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Originally built as coal storage in 1896, the exposed brick walls have been given a sophisticated makeover, adorned with prints from the gallery’s extensive archives, while elegant lighting and cosy booths set the tone. There are live jazz sessions held every night from Wednesday to Saturday and the cocktail list offers a nod to some of the famous faces that line the walls, with The Hepburn and The Cecil Beaton two of the top tipples. 

St Martin’s Place, West End, London WC2H 0HE
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Bar Rioja

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This charming little wine bar in King’s Cross differs from others in London thanks to the fact that it’s solely dedicated to wines from the region of Rioja. Tucked away in a courtyard and infused with a thoroughly Spanish feel, thanks to the traditional tiles on the floors and the old-school wooden wine racks on the walls, it’s a great place to come and try some of the best wines from this part of Spain – and it’s not just reds, either.

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The bar’s menu features over 40 wines, taken from the region’s three main zones: Alta, Alavesa and Oriental. There you’ll find a selection of white wines and rosados to choose from, as well as a few traditionally-made sparkling wines. The bar’s Executive Chef Nacho del Campo has been inspired by the area’s capital, Logroño, where the bars typically specialise in one dish, for his pincho-style snacks. The menu changes seasonally, but you can expect everything from tortillas and boquerones to artichokes romesco. 

3 Varnishers Yard, The Regent Quarter, King’s Cross, London N1 9FD
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Bar Lina

Following on from the success of their supremely popular delis and restaurants, which have now opened up all over London, Lina Stores has branched into the world of bars, opening a new aperitivo spot beneath their original delicatessen on Brewer Street. Housed in its former fresh pasta kitchen, which dates back to 1944, guests descend down a staircase inside the deli itself and arrive in the neighbourhood bar, which is decked out in a sultry, Sixties-inspired monochrome and dark red colour scheme – a stark contrast to Lina Stores’ signature apple-green hue. 

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The candlelit bar features moody lighting, velvet banquettes and a drinks list that offers new twists on classic cocktails. Their signature aperitif is the Syracuse martini, which comes with a twist of Sicilian tomato, while there’ll also be basil gimlets and a range of Negronis to choose from. The wine list, meanwhile, focuses on Italian producers, in particular independent, low intervention growers from lesser-known regions. Drinks are accompanied by freshly sliced cured meats, formaggi, antipasti and a variety of Italian bar snacks, such as fried gnudi with Calabrian chilli marmellata.

18 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 0SG
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Shoreditch Arts Club

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Creatives have been flocking to the Shoreditch Arts Club ever since its doors first opened last spring, thanks to its thought-provoking art collection and cultural events. But it’s also become known for its destination bar, which is helmed by award-winning mixologist Walter Pintus. There, the cocktail offering is as eclectic as the artworks that line the walls, with inventive drinks like Cheeky Thyme, made with Patron Reposado, lemon thyme, Fino sherry, verjus and pink grapefruit soda, on the list. 

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Alongside these you’ll find a range of low intervention wines, kombuchas and CBD-infused wellness drinks, for those looking for more laidback alternatives. Naturally, the bar has been designed in keeping with the rest of the club, so instead of a typical back bar you’ll find a huge sculpture by Joey Holder in the place of bottled alcohol and glasses, made up of driftwood, a 3D printed object and silicone sculptures. 

6 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DD
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Gothic Bar

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The Midland Grand Dining Room at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in King’s Cross was one of 2023’s hottest openings of the year, and with it came the arrival of its atmospheric Gothic Bar. Helmed by bar manager Jack Porter (formerly of Booking Office 1869 and Library Bar at The Ned), the bar was named in honour of the building’s Gothic Revival style and features suitably opulent décor, with frescoed ceilings, velvet furnishings and marble table tops.

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In keeping with the heady atmosphere, the cocktail list centres around the potent flavours of Eau de Vie, a pure, clear and unaged brandy, distilled in fruit. Top tipples include The Menagerie, made with asparagus Eau De Vie and Vermouth topped with soda, and the Eau de Martini, which sees X Muse (the first blended barley spirit from Scotland) combined with a grand vermouth blend and a choice of Eau de Vie profiles to be spritzed on top. Alongside the cocktails you’ll find a hand-picked selection of absinthe, resurrecting the 19th-century favourite for a new audience. 

Euston Road, King’s Cross, London NW1 2AR
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Noble Rot, Mayfair

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Renowned wine bar Noble Rot already has locations in Soho and Bloomsbury, and last year saw the third outpost open in Mayfair. Located just off Shepherd Market, the new hot spot follows the same formula as the others, serving up seriously good wine alongside excellent French-inspired plates of food – think warm boudin noir and pickled apricot, roast veal chop with sauce charcutiere and strawberry clafoutis.

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Of course, while the food is good, it’s all about the wine here – die-hard devotees swear it’s the best wine list in London. And it should be, considering it runs to 41 pages. On there, you’ll find everything from picks from England and Wales to French beauties and vin doux naturel sweet wines, but if the thought of reading through it one by one feels overwhelming, ask one of the knowledgeable members of staff to pick out something you’re bound to love. 

5 Trebeck Street, Mayfair, London W1J 7LT
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Lucy Wong

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This night spot in Fitzrovia bills itself as a ‘sophisticated and eccentric underground cocktail bar’, where potent drinks are paired with delectable dim sum dishes. The bar takes inspiration from the 1957 novel The World of Suzie Wong by Richard Mason, which tells the story of a heady romance in 1950s Hong Kong. In keeping with the theme, the cocktail list features plenty of old classics with inventive Asian twists, like the Cherry Blossom Manhattan, which combines Goji infused Maker’s Mark bourbon, Courvoisier VSOP Cognac, Mancino Sakura vermouth with cherry bitters and goji berries.

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The sultry subterranean spot plays host to live music on weekday evenings, with Soho showgirls, top pianists and jazz artists all part of the regular line-up (much of the entertainment has been curated in keeping with the bar’s retro inspiration). Come the weekend and it’s all about the DJs, with big names coming to spin the decks until the small hours. 

33 – 34 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1JN
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Nipperkin Bar

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Last year’s opening of 20 Berkeley got London restaurant lovers all abuzz and has garnered rave reviews from critics, but then all eyes turned to Nipperkin, the restaurant’s underground bar, which now is very much a destination in its own right. In keeping with 20 Berkeley’s ethos, the bar follows the same English country manor house vibe, with plenty of cosy nooks to while away the evening in.

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The menu, curated by bar manager Angelos Bafas, is a celebration of the best of British produce and features more than a few unusual ingredients. Standout creations include the ‘Aged’ Kelp, a blend of seaweed aged for half an hour, paired with fresh Norfolk mint alongside roasted Kent hazelnuts, and the Black Mustard, a gimlet blended with Dorset wasabi distillate and Cotswolds apple eau de vie. Inventive and unexpected, it’s the antithesis of a flashy Mayfair cocktail bar, in the best possible way. 

20 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8EE
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Kwant

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You may have already heard of Kwānt. When the bar was first opened by award-winning bar industry veteran Erik Lorincz (who was head bartender at The Savoy’s American Bar for eight years) in 2019, it swiftly landed a number six spot on the prestigious World’s Best 50 Bars list. The pandemic forced its closure, but in 2023 it returned after an 18-month renovation, having moved from its original Heddon Street location to Stratton Street. The new design is stunning, with a huge island bar dominating the centre of the room and three individual bar stations, where guests can enjoy a chef’s table-esque experience, seated right next to the bartender.

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And trust us when we say you’ll want to be as close as possible when you see these concoctions being created. Skillful mixologists are on hand to knock up enticing and unusual drinks, like the Gonzales, made with tequila, guava, makrut lime, 30/40 eau de vie and CO2. Bar bites are just as eclectic, created by top chef Joni Ketonen, who’s worked at The Fat Duck, Jason Atherton and St John. We have a feeling it won’t be long until they find themselves right back on that list again. 

52 Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8LN
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Equal Parts

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If you’re a fan of Sager + Wilde, you need to get yourself down to Equal Parts, which was founded by the same team behind the perennially popular wine bar. The Hackney Road spot started out as a wine and coffee shop but has now transformed into an Amaro and Aperitivo bar. Housed in a distinctive avocado-green tiled building, it’s already become a firm neighbourhood favourite since opening last spring.

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The interiors are pleasingly retro, with an old fashion record player behind the bar and vinyls stacked on the shelves. There are plenty of brilliant cocktails to choose from, including ice cold Martinis and cleverly balanced wine cocktails, but the main draw here is the seasonal negronis, made with infused Campari. One time it could be blended with Jerusalem artichoke, another time with strawberry and fig leaf – it all depends what’s in season and what catches the bartender’s eye.

245 Hackney Road, Hackney, London E2 8NA
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Maroto

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Brazilian hot spot Bossa caused quite a stir since opening in Marylebone last year, and now its underground lounge and bar, Maroto, is just as popular as Alberto Landgraf’s restaurant upstairs. This is a late-night spot in the truest sense of the word – on Thursdays it’s open until 3am, while on Fridays and Saturdays closing time doesn’t come until 5am, where you’ll see revellers emerging into the dawn light from the moodily-lit subterranean bar. The striking interiors combine Art Deco styling with authentic Brazilian flair – the low-lit bar is complemented by strikingly patterned wallpaper, while guests drink and dine on marble tables from plush sofas.

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The well-executed cocktail list features drinks with an unsurprisingly Brazilian twist, with highlights including the Basilao, a mix of Zeca de Mato Cachaça, apple, egg white, basil, lime, and orange, and the Oba Oba, a potent blend of Fernet Branca, JW Black Label, Ketel One, Mezcal Amores Espadin, Cointreau, coke, and lemon. The bar snacks are just as elevated, ranging from crab pastel with açai dip to Bossa’s signature pan-fried scallops with Tucupi sauce from the Amazon. But, above all, this is a place to come and let your hair down, with a stellar line-up of DJs curated by Shane Mac, who’s worked with the likes of Calvin Harris and Beyoncé, in conjunction with DOC Records Brazil.

4 Vere Street, Marylebone, London W1G 0DH
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3’6 at Fortnum & Mason

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Last year, beloved department store Fortnum & Mason unveiled their brand-new third floor, revolutionised to include an experiential hub dedicated to all things food and drink. Also on the third floor you can find their revamped bar, 3’6. Pronounced ‘three and six’, the name is a nod to the historic cost of hiring Fortnums to host a cocktail party in a guest’s home, and the space certainly has that intimate, homely feel, with rich velvet sofas to sink into and patterned lampshades lending it a cosy air.  

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By day it’s a spot where weary shoppers can refuel with coffee and cake, but by night it transforms into a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge, where guests can mix their own drinks as part of a special ‘Made to Measure’ section of the menu. If you’d rather leave that job to the professionals, you can choose from six signature drinks from the bar, including The Tesseract, a twist on the Vieux Carré, or a selection of classics. Art aficionados will also like the fact that the walls are being used to host rotating art exhibitions, the first being a series of works by street photographer Allan Schaller. 

181 Piccadilly, Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER
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Paradise: After Dark

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By now, you’re probably familiar with Paradise, the buzzy Sri Lankan restaurant in Soho that opened to critical acclaim in 2019. Last year Dom Fernando decided to take on the nightlife scene by transforming the restaurant into a late-night spot every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Come 10pm, the lights go down, the dishes are swept away and all eyes turn to the brutalist stainless steel bar in the centre of the room.

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Here, head bartender Erin Mulkerrin-English concocts unique Sri Lankan house batched cocktails that have already garnered a cult following. Packed full of flavour, popular choices include the Rhubarb and Rose Manhattan, blended with Regal Rogue rosé vermouth and Kimbula Kithul, and the Rambutan and Curry Leaf Daquiri, made with coconut rum. 

61 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D 7PW
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Joyau

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Tucked away under the railway arches in Forest Gate you’ll find this charming natural wine bar, which, since opening last year has already become a firm favourite with the locals. The team here learnt their trade at Noble Rot, Pidgin and Planque and are deeply knowledgeable about wine, particularly those from small producers. The selection on offer is pleasingly broad, from easy-drinking piquettes to more elegant classics.

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The intimate space is a bustling hive of activity come sundown, with friends catching up over crisp glasses of white and seasonal small plates on candlelit tables. The well-curated menu of nibbles is just as inviting as the wine list, with an ever-changing selection that might include beetroot, cherries and lardo one week, Cornish mackerel and peas the next.

353 Winchelsea Road, Forest Gate, London E7 0AQ
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The Cross

When famed nightclub The Cross reopened in 2023 it caused quite the buzz, and last spring saw the launch of Wild, the club’s standalone restaurant on the first floor, as well as its ground floor bar. The vibe here is distinctly cool, with décor to match – think exposed brick and steel, stripped back floors and vintage leather furniture sourced from various fashion houses in Italy. 

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The cocktail list is made up of a range of signature drinks and there’s also a well curated selection of biodynamic and low intervention wines available. But really, it’s all about the music here. As you might expect, the bar will be playing host to an ever-changing roster of big name and up-and-coming DJs – next up, award-winning British DJ/composer KosmetiQ will be taking to the decks.

2-4 Wharfdale Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9RY
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Bar Antoine at Four Seasons Hotel at Park Lane

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2023 saw the arrival of Pavyllon London at the Four Seasons Hotel at Park Lane, multi-Michelin-starred French chef Yannick Alléno’s first ever restaurant in the capital. And where there’s a great new dining spot you can bet there’s also an equally brilliant bar, which here takes the form of Bar Antoine. Designed as a place to celebrate, converse and connect, it was created as a beautiful tribute to the joyful spirit of Chef Yannick’s late son, Antoine.

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The cocktail list was created as a collaboration between the culinary team and head mixologist Michele Lombardi (who formerly headed up the bar team at The Ritz), and features a series of reinvented classics, like a Smoky Negroni and a Pear Sidecar, sitting alongside complex original creations, including Chef Yannick’s signature Allenotics (the reinvented Gin & Tonic) and his innovative spirit-free extractions. We recommend booking on a Thursday, where you’ll be treated live music from some of London’s most sought-after jazz musicians. 

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, Hamilton Place, Mayfair, London W1J 7DR
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Lowcountry

If you’re venturing to the chef’s table restaurant Counter 71 in Shoreditch, make sure you pay a visit to their underground bar, Lowcountry. Inspired by the American South and named after the area which spans from Mid-coast Georgia to North Carolina, famed for its Bourbon and Rye, it’s headed up by Savannah-born mixologist Ryan Sheehan and features a menu that highlights American whiskey and its prominence throughout the ages. The cocktail menu is split into three sections – ‘Signature’, ‘Historical’ and ‘Classic’ – and all the drinks are made using surplus produce from the Counter 71 kitchen, in a bid to eliminate unnecessary waste.

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The bar’s ‘Signature’ cocktails in particular will incorporate a range of complicated techniques, including fat-washing, maceration, gelling and infusions, to create new flavour sensations. Standout tipples include the Hot Tomato, made by combining tomato water, jalapeno-infused tequila and basil oil with salt, and the Fat-Fashioned, a concoction of bacon-washed Bourbon, maple syrup and creole bitters. They’re all accompanied by lowcountry-inspired light bites devised by Counter 71 chef Joe Laker, which include pimento cheese rarebit, shrimp and grits and fried okra.

71 Nile Street, Shoreditch, London N1 7RD
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