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Best London Bars

London has a thriving bar scene and with so many venues to choose from you are sure to find one 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.

Whether your idea of a good evening out involves old school cocktail lounges or stylish hotel bars you will find the perfect venue.

Best Hotel Bars

Perhaps the best place to start with this category of London bars is the nominations for Cocktail Liqueur and Speciality Spirit (Class) magazine's best bars in the UK 2010.

The shortlisted nominations include some of London's finest hotel-based bars, with the Artesian Bar at The Langham Hotel (Regent's Park) featured on the list.

A fine cocktail venue, the Artesian specialises in rum-based drinks and boasts a sophisticated and stylish decor - but be warned, as with many hotel bars this luxury comes with a hefty price tag.

Also on the Class list is the Coburg Bar at The Connaught Hotel (Mayfair). With its relaxed and elegant vibe, this is the perfect spot to enjoy fine wines in style.

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Best Wine Bars

A short walk from Piccadilly Circus will see visitors at the door of the 1707 Wine Bar.

The venue gives wine aficionados the chance to sample any of the wines from Fortnum and Mason's extensive selection - either by the bottle or glass.

Another of the best London bars for wine is Gordon's (Embankment). Predominantly a wine bar, Gordon's is known for its fortified wines served from wooden casks.

It also boasts an 80-seat terrace which makes it an ideal venue for evening drinks in the summer.

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Spirit and Cocktail Bars

The beauty of the Green & Red Mexican bar is its versatility. Perfect at any time during the day, Green & Red works as a drinking, dancing, eating or relaxing venue.

As expected, tequilas of all shapes and sizes are stocked and should guarantee a fun night for all.

Fifty Five Bar and Lounge (Camden Town) is a high-end cocktail bar manned by professionally trained bartenders with over 45 years of combined experience.

The menu consists of a huge selection of 180 cocktails - from much loved classics to modern creations there is something for every drinker. And with two for one offers running Monday to Saturday it is not too tough on the finances.

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Best Bars for Sport

The Clapham Grand (Clapham Common) has the largest sports screen in the UK, measuring 40 square metres.

Added to that, a capacity of 1,200 set out over two tiers and pints for just £3 make this a pretty impressive London bar.

Alternatively, The Fest (Parson's Green) is another popular venue for watching live sport.

It aims to recreate an authentic Oktoberfest experience outside of Germany every day, with everything on sale imported directly from one of Munich's breweries.

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Live Music Bars in London

Every Thursday night a trip to Clapham is recommended to enjoy live music in the swanky 64th and Social. Serving up cocktails and drinks until the early hours, this London bar is located on Clapham High Street.

The Dublin Castle is an intimate, cosy venue with three or four bands playing every week and located in Camden Town.

Its stage has played host to dozens of bands before they were famous including Madness, Travis, Arctic Monkeys and others.

The venue also has a full range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails on offer and attracts a mixed crowd.

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