London has some fantastic bars, from the trendy places that the city workers gather in at the end of their shifts to the Friday night hangouts that only get started long after dark. There are cocktail bars, roof top bars and prohibition bars, to name but a few. London has an excellent night life so let’s dive straight in and see what the seven best bars in London are.
1.Cocktail Trading Company, Oxford Circus
Sitting in the heart of the London West End is the Cocktail Trading Company. The setup of the bar is very diminutive with a big portrait of Winston Churchill, the tables each have a beer mug full of shell-on peanuts. In one part of the bar you will find a cabinet that is full up of various trophies that the owners have won, the trophies are all from different cocktail making competitions. When you are in the bar the owners will come and speak to you, they will listen to your drinking preferences before making up a delightful concoction to match. The cocktails come in an assortment of glasses and ceramic vessels, all designed to give this excellent bar a different stance to the common high street establishment.
2. 69 Colebrook Row, Islington
This small place, a short stroll from Upper Street on an Islington backstreet, is the place bar-wizard Tony Conigliaro first came to fame. Conigliaro has a research facility upstairs, creating extraordinary cocktails which discover their way into the beverage list here and at his different venues. The mixed drinks here really appear to be much simpler than numerous individuals expect, with less (and less irregular) ingredients than those found at numerous other London bars, in spite of the fact that there’s genuine commitment apparent in each taste. There’s a tranquil straightforwardness in blends, for example, Death in Venice: campari, grapefruit sharp flavoring and prosecco. The visual style is fantastic jazz-age, and an expert piano player gives the soundtrack. Conigliaro’s notoriety and the bar’s size imply that it’s best to book, yet the costs, given the notoriety behind the spot, are very appealing indeed.
3. White Lyan, Hoxton
The White Lyan sits in the building of the former White Horse pub in the undesirable part of Hoxton. Once you are through the door though you will start to see the place in a different light. There is an all black, 1980’s New York feel to the place. The drinks in the bar are all made in advance and put into big fridges, you can see from the way they are that there is hours worth of work put into preparing everything and getting things just perfect. One of the most famous drinks on the menu is the Moby Dick Sazerac, it includes ambergris, or in common terms a product that is found in the secretion of sperm whales.
4. Ladies and Gents, Kentish Town
This bar was once home to an underground Victorian lavatory, it is now a neighbourhood bar that serves up some of the finest cocktails in town. The drinks are made using locally sourced ingredients including fruits from the Hampstead Heath allotments. The menu here changes depending on the season, to keep with the idea of sourcing things locally. The bar staff are also happy to go off menu if there is a particular drink you are in need of.
5. The Dolls House, Islington
Formally a pop-up bar in Hoxton, The Dolls House bar has found itself a permanent address on Upper Street. The bar has a series of rooms each waiting to be explored by the classy patrons that frequent this bar. There are hand drawn illustrations adorning the walls, exposed brick work, and mirrored tables. The cocktails are classic and the food from locally sourced suppliers. Downstairs in the main room you can listen to Jazz piano whilst you relax the evening away, upstairs there is a large disco ball, waiting just for you.
6. The Blues Kitchen, Camden
Sitting within the main Camden stretch is The Blues Kitchen Camden. A lively bar that was built to honour American Music, this is done through live music, DJs and even free harmonica lessons. There is some real southern classics coming out of the kitchen as well including sixteen hour slow smoked beef ribs and what are said to be the best buffalo wings in town. The bar has around fifty different bourbons in stock at any one time, with prices starting at just a couple of pounds and going up dependant on the brand. Of course you should expect to find every type of Jack Daniels imaginable here as well.
7. The Shrub and Shutter, Brixton
A fairly new bar to the Brixton scene but one that offers a modern and completely original list of cocktails to its menu. As you approach the bar you may notice the loud hip hop music that is coming out of the bar, this certainly adds to the atmosphere and doesn’t put off the barman that are happily mixing their drinks behind the bar. The front bar has just a couple of high stools and a counter but when you go to the private room at the back you will be greeted with tables and chairs allowing you to relax and take in the best cocktails Brixton has to offer.