London has a thriving bar scene and with so many venues to choose from you are sure to find one London bar that caters for your needs.
With so many venues to choose from London bars are some of the most diverse and exciting in the world.
From the glossy, sophisticated bars of Kensington and Chelsea to the edgy urban hang-outs in the east, every taste is catered for.
London has something to offer both hardcore party animals and those looking for a quiet drink and conversation. Follow our guide to help you find some cool London bars.
Best Bars in South London
Situated in the trendy suburb of Balham, Adventure Bar & Lounge (5 Fernlea Road, Balham) manages to fit right in with its surroundings.
The bar is a hotspot for locals and cocktail lovers and its cool, dark, simple surroundings give it a great atmosphere before a big night out.
Alternatively, you can opt for a more relaxed setting by heading to The Loft (67 Clapham High Street, Clapham North), which is situated on the first floor of a glass-fronted building making it perfect for watching London life unfolding.
Mixing an industrial feel with comfy vintage and urban cool, the exposed brickwork gives this bar an edgy feel, while the music seems to stay at a perfect volume for socialising or dancing.
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If it is cocktails you are after then Fifty Five Bar and Lounge (31 Jamestown Road, Camden Town) is the place to be.
Set over two floors, it boasts a non-pretentious, friendly environment and is located a short stroll from Camden Town tube station.
The two-for-one drink offers running Monday to Saturday and a menu boasting 180 different cocktails ensure that this venue never fails to attract a big crowd.
Although not as atmospheric, The Grand Union (153 Upper Street, Islington) is a popular hangout for students thanks to its low prices on wine, beer and award-winning cocktails.
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Situated in the chic neighbourhood of Notting Hill, Ruby & Sequoia (6-8 All Saints Road, Notting Hill) is a super find. Housed in the basement, the bar's dark and seductive decor is a real draw for revellers.
After 9pm is when this place tends to get really busy, with regular DJs helping to give the place a clubbier feel.
Revolution Bar (18-20 Chiswick High Road, Stamford Brook) is the place to be if vodka is your favourite tipple. Part of a chain of bars found across the country it attracts a stylish and young crowd.
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Bar Kick (127 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch) is able to offer visitors a unique first-hand look into the world of table football in the ultra cool environment of London's Shoreditch.
A varied crowd from all over the world are attracted to this cellar bar, with its rickety old furniture, interesting imported beers and tasty selection of Mediterranean bar snacks and sandwiches adding some character which is fitting to its location.
For a cheaper night out, it might be worth considering a trip to Bootys Riverside Bar (92a Narrow Street, Westferry DLR). The usual beers available on tap are reasonably priced, and the house spirits are an absolute bargain at around £3 for a double.
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Not only is it the oldest in the capital, but Gordon's Wine Bar (47 Villiers Street, Charing Cross/ Embankment) is also one of the best. Only serving wine, the enthusiasm and passion of the staff alone are enough to keep you coming back for more.
Meanwhile, if you are looking for a more relaxed vibe, as well as the chance to run into a few musicians, the Ain't Nothin' But… (20 Kingly Street, Oxford Circus) blues bar could be right up your street.
This fantastic little venue is everything that you would expect and more, with live music every day of the week and an interior that takes you straight into the Deep South, it feels every bit as intimate as it should.
Best Cocktail Bars
Academy - 12 Old Compton Street, Leicester Square
Montgomery Place - 31 Kensington Park Road Ladbroke Grove
Milk & Honey - 61 Poland Street, Oxford Circus
Hakkasan, 8 Hanway Place, Tottenham Court Road
The Hawksmoor, 157 Commercial Street, Liverpool Street
Best Hotel Bars
Artesian, Langham Hotel, 1C Portland Place, Oxford Circus
Blue Bar, The Berkley, Wilton Place, Hyde Park Corner
Coburg Bar, The Connaught, Bond Street
Mandarin Bar, Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge
Best Bars for Spirits
Albannach, 66 Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross
Cottons, 70 Exmouth Market, Farringdon
Green & Red, 51 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch
Lonsdale, 44-48 Lonsdale Road, Ladbroke Grove