There’s no shortage of cocktail bars in the capital. From the world’s best cocktail bars to more casual and affordable options, we’ve happily volunteered to test them out and bring you our selection of the best cocktail bars in London.
Best Cocktail Bars in London
Can you keep a secret? Because we definitely can’t! Situated in between South Kensington and Sloane Square, you will have to make your way through a residential building to get to this hidden away speakeasy bar. We recommend booking in advance to be given the secret password. Don’t know the password? A little negotiation and some clues from Bart’s staff may just help you out. From the moment you step through the doors, you will step back in time to the prohibition era of debauchery, glamour and hedonism. Their cocktail list is impressive and if you’re in luck, their mixologist may just make you your very own unique cocktail recipe.
Our favourite cocktail: The Chelsea Flower (Grey Goose vodka, Joseph Cartron Peche de Vigne & Mette Lavender eau de vie).
Address: Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Ave, London SW3 3DW
Mr Fogg’s Residence
Owned by the same group as Bart’s, Mr Fogg’s Residence is the Mayfair home of the famed adventurer, Phileas J. Fogg, Esq. Tucked away near Green Park station, this is a must-visit in London for any cocktail enthusiast. Here, you can expect wild cocktails served in equally adventurous vessels from ceramic elephants to miniature hot air balloons. It’s a real feast for your taste buds as well as your eyes. Want to go all out? Mr Fogg’s Residence offers their vintage cocktails made with the finest spirits in the world.
Our favourite cocktail: Liberty & Truth (Glenfiddich 15yr Scotch whisky, roasted almond-infused Drambuie Scotch whisky liqueur and fresh lemon juice, topped with an apple & Disaronno liqueur foam).
Address: 15 Bruton Ln, London W1J 6JD
The Connaught Bar, Mayfair
This award winning cocktail bar has been named no.8 best bar in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022. Safe to say you’re in safe hands here! From the moment you step through the doors, you will be greeted by their stunning and elegant interiors designed by David Collins Studio. When it comes to their cocktail list, you can expect the classics such as an Old Fashioned (best one we have ever had) or some of their original creations like the Synthesis (Overproof Oaxacan Rum, Campari Ultra, Smokey Shrub, London Essence Peach & Jasmine Soda).
Our favourite cocktail: Opposites Attract (Rémy VSOP Cognac infused with Pecan nuts, Discarded Banana Rum, Crumbled Apple Syrup, Laurent Perrier La Cuvée).
Address: The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair London, W1K 2AL
Looking Glass Cocktail Club
If you’re looking after some amazing cocktails and a lot of partying, then this is the place for you. Open until 3am on the weekend, this speakeasy cocktail bar in Shoreditch welcomes you with their industrial interior and original cocktails. Using vacuumed distillation processes to breakdown and reconstruct flavours, their menu is sure to surprise and mesmerise.
Our favourite cocktail: Havana With Love (Havana 7 infused Puerh and Roobois, Raspberry, Chocolate Bitters).
Address: 49 Hackney Rd, Shoreditch, London, E2 7NX
Lyaness Cocktail Bar
Created by multi-award winning Ryan Chetiyawardana AKA Mr Lyan, Lyaness overlooks the Thames and is located within the Sea Containers near Southbank. Awarded World’s Best International Hotel Bar at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award, you can expect some surprisingly delicious flavours you most likely never tried before like Tree Caramel, Everything Vinegar or Thunder Mushroom. And if you don’t drink alcohol, a few of their amazing cocktails are available booze free.
Our favourite cocktail: Black Champagne (Porter’s Tropical Old Tom, sarsaparilla, passionfruit, lemon, Death Bitters, bubbles).
Address: 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD
Tayēr + Elementary Cocktail Bar
Brought to life by Alex Kratena and Monica Berg, two of the world’s most renowned bartenders, Tayēr + Elementary are two separate spaces, each with their own unique concept. Elementary is your go-to for more casual cocktails and meet-ups serving all-day cocktails on tap as well as delicious snacks. Tayēr sitting right behind Elementary as you enter opens from 6pm and serves incredible cocktails combining modern techniques and old-fashioned practices. And the best part? They are pet friendly so your pet can join you for happy hour!
Our favourite cocktail: One Sip Martini and Bergamot Margarita
Address: 152 Old St, London EC1V 9BW
Viajante 87 Cocktail Bar
Brought to you by the owners of Notting Hill’s Los Mochis (READ MORE: Best Restaurants In Notting Hill You Need To Try), Viajante 87 is an experiential bar serving cutting-edge cocktails, where Tokyo meets Tulum. From the moment you walk in, expect to be swept away into their late night subterranean Agaveria and watch on as their mixologists concoct avant-garde agave-based cocktails from their secret basement mixology lab. On the cocktail menu you can expect their signature cocktails such as the Peachy Gonzales (Altos Tequila Plata, Peach, Mexican Tarragon, Dill, Citrus) or their Pico de Gallo (Altos Tequila Reposado, Lacto Fermented Tomatoes, Coriander, Jalapeño).
Our favourite cocktail: Lana In Tulum (Altos Tequila Plata, Strawberries, Passion Fruit, Lemongrass).
Address: Basement, 87 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3JZ
The Chocolate Cocktail Club
Last but not least on our list of the Best Cocktail Bars in London and this is not your ordinary cocktail bar. The Chocolate Cocktail Club in Farringdon is just as the name indicates, a bar that serves mouth watering cocktails with a chocolatey twist. A much welcome mixture between cocktails and dessert, you can expect cocktails such as their famous Chocotini, Caramel King or Biscoff Martini.
Our favourite cocktail: Kinder Bueno Cocktail
Address: 72 St John Street, Farringdon, London, EC1M 4DT