Whether your drink of choice is a martini, a mojito or a negroni, it tastes all the better in the perfect bar.
Arguably London’s best kept bar secret, Le Bar is a dark, intimate and seductive haven for cocktail lovers, offering all the classics with a few twists, including an exquisite ultimate mojito, made with Pyrat Pistol rum. From April 2010, they have also opened up the terrace, which is ideal for alfresco drinking.
Callooh Callay has an imaginative cocktail menu featuring old favourites and classics in an eclectic space that is as quirky and nonsensical as the Lewis Carroll poem from which it takes its name. Through a Narnia-esque wardrobe, you are taken to the Jubjub bar, an intimate little room that’s perfect for an intimate little party.
The classy and bijou 69 Colebrooke Row has caused quite a stir on London’s cocktail scene over the last year. The owner, Tony Conigliaro, who perfected his craft at the Shochu Lounge at Roka, is described as a molecular mixologist, and nobody can argue with his take on the classic cocktail, which are well-priced at £8.
Montgomery Place is small, intimate, mature and sophisticated. Inspired by the Rat Pack era, cocktails are served against a backdrop of black & white photography in a relaxed setting, by staff who know their drinks.
The Connaught Hotel, Mayfair
The Connaught hotel features two exquisite bars that are ideal for very different occasions. The warmth and intimacy of the Coburg Bar make it a wonderful place to relax after a day at the office or shopping, while the design and the cocktails at the Connaught Bar, with its marble, dark leather and metal Art Deco detailing, are perfect for an upbeat, glamorous evening with friends. We highly recommend one of their signature Martinis.
Mark’s Bar is located in the basement of Mark Hix’s latest venture in Soho, serving some great cocktails from renowned mixologist, Nick Strangeway. The bar, which has a warm, clubby and retro feel with its low zinc bar, tin panels and bar billiards table, is fast becoming Soho’s most popular venue.
The Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair is cool, stylish, and intimate, and a haven for fashionistas. The walls are adorned with Terence Donovan’s iconic black and white prints, which add a contemporary twist to the history of the surroundings.
Situated in the beautifully revamped Langham hotel, the David Collins-designed bar is sleek, sexy and dramatic. With its 50 types of rum, Artesian is ideally placed for a post shopping cocktail or a refined haven from the frenzy of nearby Soho.
Bob Bob Ricard in Soho, which was also designed by David Collins (but this time in the style of an Edwardian train), oozes Art Deco decadence with its buzzy atmosphere. Bob Bob Ricard offers all-day dining and is one of the few restaurants open and serving drinks until 3am, so you can try their modern take on classic cocktails, such as a rhubarb gin and tonic, into the early hours.
Widely regarded as London’s oldest restaurant, Rules still thrives in the heart of Covent Garden, thankfully not succumbing to the tourist trap. The upstairs bar is dark and cosy, with a gentlemen’s club feel to it, offering great cocktails form renowned mixologist, Brian Silva.