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Bars in Greater 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 Lab [map], 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 too seriously.

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 Place [map], 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 cued up.

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 backdrop.

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 Rooms [map], 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 The ’Stones.

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