London’s best cocktail bars
Ever since mixology and its tattooed bartenders have become linked to hipsters, cocktail bars have invaded big cities. London is no exception.
To help you avoid ordering what you thought was a funky cocktail at an awesome bar, but what turned out to be Ocean Spray cranberry juice, sprite and Smirnoff vodka off Leicester Square –Here is a selection of our 3 favourite spots.
15 Bruton Lane
London W1J 6JD
020 7036 0608
Welcome to the home of one of fiction’s most eccentric adventurers. Take a seat by the birdcages or next to the stuffed Indian tiger heads. Open your menu and pick your beverage of choice.
Will it be a sharing drink straight out of the pages of Jules Verne’s novel or a Victorian cocktail with a twist? A Gin infused Earl Grey tea with orange Marmalade, Cointreau and peach cream (£14) or cardamom-infused vodka with rose liqueur, lime juice and champagne?
Either way, you’ll love it.
129 City Rd
London EC1V 1JB
020 7253 4101
This one has to be our favourite. From the waiters’ uniform and live swing music to the décor, this speakeasy isn’t messing around with its prohibition theme –and as cool as the place looks, it’s got nothing on its cocktails. Drinks (around £10 each) are absolutely delicious and all include some obscure ingredient like squid ink, absinthe jelly, alligator pepper infusion or bee pollen syrup.
Book ahead though as drop-ins are usually awkwardly turned down (we speak from experience).
8-9 Hoxton Square
London N1 6NU
020 7613 0325
Happiness Forgets is a place where happy memories are made, whether they’re remembered the following day or not. With its quirky furniture and 40s/50s jazz music, this small candle-lit bar doesn’t lack ambience.
Now, let’s discuss drinks. Seeing as the founder, Alastair Burgess, trained at award winning Pegu in NYC, it’s not surprising that this spot makes killer drinks. There’s the Perfect Storm that mixes dark rum, lemon, and ginger juice with honey and a dash of plum brandy; or Baptiste, which is made of cider, cognac, lemon and maple syrup.
Best part: cocktails are only about £8 each.
Make sure to book ahead.