S Club 7 might have argued that there ain’t no party like an S Club party but we beg to differ; we say there ain’t no party like a cocktail party. Keep on reading for our top picks of bars where you can enjoy some of the best cocktails in London.
“Let’s cook cocktails b****!”, is totally something Jesse Pinkman would say if he paid a visit to ABQ London. Set in a battered RV, stationed in Shoreditch, this place is a clever Breaking Bad inspired cocktail bar which will have you wanting to start the beloved series all over again. Get ready for high school chemistry flashbacks as the RV is packed full of beakers, flasks and test tubes. The bunsen burners don’t make an appearance though, instead you have dry ice to give your cocktails that extra oomph.
Now if only there was a Los Pollos nearby for the drunken walk home, the experience would be complete.
455 Hackney Rd, London E2 9DYMake a booking here
What’s cooler than being cool? ICE COLD….cocktails! Icebar London is the UK’s only permanent ice bar, made from natural river ice sourced from northern Sweden. Everything is made of ice here and we mean everything; tables, walls, bars and even your glasses are all ice, ice baby. If you venture here, don’t worry if you’ve forgotten your thermals, you’ll be given warm capes and gloves to keep warm in this oh so cool venue.
31-33 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4BNMake a booking here
By day it’s a relaxed cafe serving up small plates, coffees and delicious cakes, but by night Louie Louie transforms into a stylish bar with cocktails, music and dining. Just a stone’s throw away from Elephant and Castle station, Louie Louie exudes cool. It’s also useful to know that this place is buzzing at the weekend, with DJs playing great music on a bespoke vintage HiFi system producing the best quality sound.
347 Walworth Rd, London SE17 2ALMake a booking here
Get your thinking cap on and prepare for code-breaking and cocktails at The Bletchley. Inspired by Bletchley Park, the historical site where British Intelligence cracked German codes during WW2, The Bletchley is a unique concept where agents solve codes to make bespoke codes that fit their personality. Are you up for the challenge? Nac uoy kcarc eht edoc?
459 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 0LJMake a booking here
If you love the tiki concept (and who doesn’t love the tiki concept?) this is the place for you. Serving up fantastic cocktails and an award-winning rum list since 2003, they’re a stalwart of the London cocktail scene. It’s hugely popular and stays open later than most of the bars in the area which means it can get super busy later on. If a dance and amazing drinks are on your list, stay all night, if an intimate cocktail and quiet conversation, it might be best to go early.
177 Portobello Rd, London W11 2DYMake a booking here
Summer may be over (sigh) but the tropical vibes are well and truly alive at Little Bird. Lose yourself in the tranquil setting, surrounded by real amazonian plants, sipping a cocktail, while Motown plays in the background. The venue focuses on cocktails with an emphasis on botanicals, spices and tropical flavours, aiming to remind you of your holidays. If you’ve had a sensational cocktail somewhere on your travels you can describe it to them and they’ll do their best to transport you back to those memories, bliss.
1 Station Parade, Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London, United Kingdom, W4 3HDMake a booking here
Any bar that has a whole section dedicated to Bloody Marys has to be included in a list of the best cocktails in London. This one includes the Maria Maria containing smoked garlic tequila which is bound to sweep away any vestiges of a hangover. Set under railway arches in Hoxton it’s a bar/cafe/restaurant that’s quickly gaining a cool reputation with the area’s in-crowd. If Bloody Mary’s are not your bag go for the refreshing Hoxton Fizz combining vodka, cucumber, lemon juice, and elderflower, or a Cornish Cooler with gin, almonds, rhubarb, and port.397-400 Geffrye Street, London, United Kingdom, E2 8HZ Make a booking here
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