The Best Bars In Central London
We’ve taken the liberty of compiling you a to-do list.
It is made up of what we deem to be the best bars in central London.
Artesian | This is one of our favourite bars. Less impressively, it has also been voted the world’s best bar for three years running, thanks to its modern oriental style, its signature punch drink and, of course, its ridiculous cocktails. | Langham Hotel, 1C Portland Place, W1B 1JA
Sochu Lounge | Shōchū (pronounced: that face burning Japanese spirit distilled from whatever’s lying around, including sake dregs, thats unexplainably appetising). Thankfully you can get it at Shochu Lounge; a subterranean cocktail den serving Japanese influenced tinctures. | Basement, Roka, (37 Charlotte Street), W1T 1RR
Bourne & Hollingsworth | A quirky cocktail bar in Marylebone combining floral wallpaper, mismatched chairs, shelves of dusty books and chintzy lamps in a manner that’s likely to remind you of your granny’s house. | 28 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JF
Purl | Purl: an old English drink consisting of warm ale, gin, bitters, brandy or milk, sugar and spices. Also, one of London’s hottest underground cocktail bars. | Blandford St, Marylebone, W1U 7HX
Experimental Cocktail Club | Hidden behind a scruffy, easily-missable door in the heart of Chinatown is this: a moody, legendary, Parisian, prohibition-style cocktail den. | Gerrard St, Chinatown, W1D 5PS
Reverend JW Simpson | Located in what used to be the humble dwellings of an old clergyman, it metaphorically punches every chintzy cocktail bar in the face by letting its drinks to do the talking… | Goodge St, Fitzrovia, W1T 2QJ
El Nivel | The kind of place you need to take with a pinch of salt. Plus a slice of lemon. And while you’re at it, a shot of tequila. El Nivel is a ’30s Mexican Agaveria (not solely a tequila bar) serving rare spirits that, lets be honest, you’re not going to want salt or lemon anywhere near. | Alto Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7JS
Bar Termini | Our list of “Duos Who Have Made The World A Better Place” is long. But only the latest duo on our list – cocktailing supremo Tony Conigliaro and coffee king Marco Arrigo – have pooled their respective talents in order to create a tiny little 1950’s Italiante coffee and cocktail bar in the heart of Soho. | Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 5JE
Blind Pig | A serious cocktail bar that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Thermo Nuclear Daquiris and Kindergarten Cup’s made from skittles-washed vodka and small plates from Jason Atherton’s downstairs restaurant, Social Eating House. | 58 Poland Street, W1F 7NR
La Bodega Negra | Pass through the illuminated entrance of a seedy-looking sex shop to find a candlelit cave serving tequila based cocktails and a subterranean menu. | Old Compton St, Soho, W1D 5JE
Mark’s Bar at HIX | A basement bar at Mark Hix’s Soho restaurant, filled with communal style lounges, a huge awarded and lauded drinks list and an unashamedly low 10 foot bar extending the length of the room. | 66 – 70 Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 9UP
Ticked off all the best bars in Central London? Check out The Nudge’s guide to the best restaurants in Central London, too.