Bars in London
|| From Camden and
Islington to the East End, you’ll find plenty of
excellent bars to capture your moods.
Start your journey in some of the city's best Central
London bars. Fluid, Charterhouse Street, EC1, is
a trendy Japanese bar that provides the [map] perfect venue for a fun meal of sushi and Tiger beer before
you embark on a night out in East Central London.
Chilled out brethren should party in style at The Pulpit [map],
Worship Street, EC2A, which has a fantastic selection
of wines, ports and cognacs. The alcohol flows luxuriously,
but the dress code is strictly casual: a perfect combination
for those who want a no-frills quality bar.
Drink with the elite and fashionable at cool bar Liquid
City Road, EC1. With a medical/dental theme running throughout
the décor and cocktail list, the Liquid Lab is
a thoroughly modern venue that doesn’t take itself
If you like an eclectic mix of customers, check out Charlie
Wright’s International Bar [map],
Pitfield Street, EC1, for a friendly and unusual crowd
who flock to Charlie’s to sample the international
menu of beers and lagers, offering everything from Japanese
beer to Bulgarian lagers.
Star spotters will be right at home in the West End of
London which is home to many exciting venues. The Social
[map] , Little Portland Street, W1, is a real gem packed
with celebs who flock here to taste the delicious cocktails
and mingle with the beautiful people. The most happening
night here is a Thursday, which is fast becoming the hottest
evening of the week in London.
If you’re on the look-out for a superstar DJ to
get you in the mood for a top night out head to Market
W1, for a loved-up vibe and some great music. There’s
plenty of space to either party or relax, and hungry barflies
will also find some original food to tempt the palette.
If you were to think of a bar that would capture the spirit
of Camden and North West London then the Mac Bar [map] would be it. With all the style of a trendy wine bar but
with the relaxed feel of your local, the Mac Bar is a
popular drinking den throughout the week. Whether it’s
a boozy afternoon or a top night on the town you should
probably have this Camden bar on your list.
The north of London offers some really unique bars. The
Social [map] (N1) at Arlington Square is where you can spend those
lazy afternoons enjoying a pint and some good food. The
wood panelling and red velour give this pub a distinctly
local feel but when the weekend comes this venue is transformed
into one of the area’s top DJ bars - perfect for
that weekend vibe.
For drinking into the wee hours the Medicine Bar [map] should be on your list. The décor is as modern
as you would expect from an Islington bar, but the cocktails
and the music are what people usually queue up for with
DJs playing tunes with a funk/house/soul vibe.
When it comes to laid back cool The Elbow Room [map] is definitely a good bet. It’s surely London’s
trendiest chain of pool halls and north London has one
in Angel. However the low lighting, purple ambience and
live DJs make this a stylish hangout even if you aren’t
The Light [map] on Shoreditch High Street is typical of the bars you’ll
find on the East side of London. Formerly an electric
light station, the brick and steel interior accentuate
the trendy-feel of the surroundings. In a similar vain 1802 [map] in Canary Wharf offers usual cocktails with a loft-styled
Complete with ultra cool décor, 93 Feet East [map] on Brick Lane is the all-in-one venue for those who like
to combine a night of chatty drinks with some funky moves
at the end of the night.
The coolest of the cool in Southwark head to The Southwark
Southwark Street, SE1. With a main bar and a cellar bar,
both offering contrasting atmospheres to suit your changing
moods, The Rooms has gained a great reputation, and has
proved to be particularly popular with artists who hop
across from the nearby Tate Modern. House DJs appear at The Lotus Lounge [map] (the cellar bar) on a Friday and this is when slaves to
the rhythm should plan their visit.
Those looking for style in South West London should try Dusk [map],
Battersea Park Road, SW11, which has won numerous awards
for its seductive atmosphere. Do your celebrity spotting
here over a sophisticated cocktail or choose from the
long list of fine wines, champagnes and spirits.
If you’re on a hen or stag weekend the perfect place
to start your evening is Cavern [map],
Coombe Lane, SW20. As the name suggests, this bar is decorated
with all things 60s and people from across the globe visit
to enjoy the memorabilia on show. Fun seekers will be
pleased to know that this is a lively venue and the atmosphere
spills out into the large beer garden. There’s also
a juke box where you can request some favourite tracks
from the era that brought us The Beatles, The Kinks and
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