The Best Bars in London

Bars | Chancery Lane

Kanaloa A Tiki nightclub with tropical music and sharing cocktails.

Bars | Fitzrovia

The Lucky Pig An intimate, ramshackle underground drinking den complete with rickety old piano and gramophone, mismatched furniture and leather cloakroom trunks, Chinese parasols, scratched walls…and cocktails.

Bars | Warren Street

Shaker & Company A casual bar near Warren Street with a 1980s drinking den below.

Bars | Hoxton

Happiness Forgets It was in 1970 that Dionne Warwick first noted the perennially overlooked truth that “loneliness remembers what happiness forgets”.

Bars | St James's

The Trafalgar St. James A rooftop bar where you can sip cocktails opposite Nelson.

Bars | Kensington

Piano Kensington New York does piano bars: friends squeezed around a grand piano in Greenwich Village, cocktail in hand, filling the room with Ratpack classics and showtunes. London has one too.

Bars | Chinatown

Experimental Cocktail Club Knowing about a speakeasy-style cocktail bar (like the Experimental Cocktail Club) that even Yoda hasn’t heard of brings a sense of “knowing” that can now be achieved a little closer to home.

Bars | Strand

The American Bar at the Savoy The city’s oldest cocktail bar, serving iconic drinks with a dinner jacketed pianist every night.

Bars | Soho

The Blind Pig Tucked above Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House, The Blind Pig serves all manner of wonderful concoctions in unusual vessels.