Classic Cocktails in London’s West End
The West-End has long been the beating heart of London’s cultural scene. Trendy bars, hip haunts and restaurants serving cuisine you’ve never heard of – it’s all here.
Start your night at some of these fantastic bars for some of the best cocktails in London’s West End:
This bar is about as premium as they come. Bedecked in luxurious chandeliers and exposed redbrick, Jewel Piccadilly sits slap bang in the middle of the West-End.
Spread over six themed rooms, you can mix it with London’s celebs and enjoy the swanky menu and delicious cocktail choices.
Premium setting it may be, yet the prices are more comfortable on the wallet and not too different from Jewel’s neighbours.
4-6 Glasshouse Street, Soho, London, W1B 5DQ (jewelpiccadilly)
The Aviary Bar
Who doesn’t like bars kitted out with a chic aquarium theme?
The Aviary Bar is a stones’ throw from Oxford Circus and brings its Lost City of Atlantis style getup to London’s West-End, complete with ceiling vines.
It isn’t all quirk though, with the menu stacked with plenty of choices when it comes to cocktails.
A little on the pricier side, but the vibrant decor makes it worth popping in for a drink.
16 Little Portland St, Marylebone, London W1W 8BP (theaviarybar)
68 and Boston
Twin bars giving you the best of the wine and cocktail world. Downstairs, we have 68, a classy wine bar offering choices from every wine producing nation on the planet (all 67 of them).
If grapes aren’t your thing then head upstairs to the swanky Boston bar for one of their fruity blends, crafted by some of the best in the business.
5 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4DD (68andboston)
Quaglino’s is one for those nights when you’re out in your best; The Queen has been here after all.
Two bars, a stage packed with quality live acts, and a mixology menu stacked with every spirit under the sun – Quaglino’s is a premium joint for a premium night.
16 Bury St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6AJ (quaglinos-restaurant)
Charming little spot popular with the younger crowd. Thirst Bar is spread over two floors and runs regular reduced “Stupid” hours.
An almighty cocktail menu is paired with an array of speciality gins to make Thirst a go-to spot with a little of everything.
53 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 3DR (thirstbar-soho)
Experimental Cocktail Club Chinatown
London’s bustling Chinatown probably isn’t the first place you’d look for a cocktail bar, but Experimental Cocktail Club is carving out a name for itself here.
Blink and you’ll miss it, this secret bar is hidden behind a plain warehouse door.
Kitted out in speakeasy fashion, you’ll find all your favourites on the ECC menu.
Despite the surprising location, this bar can get quite busy, so get down early if you want to check it out.
13a Gerrard St, London W1D 5PS (chinatownecc)
Leather armchairs, candlelight and an extensive cocktail list to work through make the super-stylish Blind Spot the perfect spot for a weekend drink.
Located in the upmarket St Martin’s Lane Hotel, lift the golden hand-shaped handle behind the tea counter, and enter into this secret speakeasy.
Spirits from around the world pack out the cocktail menu and there are some sumptuous Asian-themed snacks to munch on.
45 St Martin’s Ln, London WC2N 4HX (blindspot)
The Light Lounge
Another bar that likes to hide from would-be patrons. Situated up a stairwell on the edge of Leicester Square, The Light Lounge is a recent opening that blends classic cocktail lounge with 21st century style.
1 Newport Pl, London WC2H 7JR (thelightloungelondon)
If you want choice, you go to Bassoon. This hotel-set bar boasts a ten-page cocktail menu alongside an array of wines and other beverages.
Bassoon is furnished in an art-deco style, with an elegant live music lounge. This relaxed little joint makes for a great first date spot with it’s tinkering piano player and sultry jazz playlists.
You can thank us later.
10 Whitehall Pl, Westminster, London SW1A 2BD (bassoon)
Part urban art gallery, part gin bar. Soho’s ever-popular Graphic has the cocktail meets arts niche locked down.
One of the largest gin collections in the country obviously lends itself to a pretty tasty cocktail menu.
Grab a table, order a Tom Collins and marvel at some of London’s best urban artists.
4 Golden Square, Soho, London W1F 9HT (graphicbar)
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