Whilst the majority of Londoners pile into the nearest pub at the end of a working week, the best bars for after work drinks don't have to be confined to a select few. No matter where you work in the capital our round up of the best bars for after work drinks will see you toasting the weekend in before you can say 5.30pm on a Friday.
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58-60 Carter Lane, London, EC4V 5EA
(020) 7489 7777
Patch is a funky venue in the heart of the City. Ideal for afterwork drinks with a popular happy hour including 50% off their extensive cocktail list.
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20 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9HP
(020) 7924 6055
Adventure Bar is a small group of bars attracting a young and friendly crowd. They offer a wide choice of cocktails, a selection of food and a lively, upbeat atmosphere.
The Alchemist is bar and restaurant that takes its inspiration from the mysterious traditions of occult practices.
6 Bevis Marks, The City, London, EC3M 7BA
The drinks offers an impressive selection of cocktails mixing unexpected ingredients while the food menu has a good choice of favourites. The Alchemist also features a terrace making it an ideal choice for alfresco dining and drinking.
(020) 7283 8800
The Alice sits in the heart of the City and is a favourite for local workers enjoying after-works drinks. With comfy sofas, booths and an extensive cocktail menu, it’s an ideal spot.
135-137 Houndsditch, Broadgate, London, EC3A 7BX
(020) 7929 0902
9 West Smithfield, Clerkenwell, London, EC1A 9JR
(020) 7248 2341
The Bishops Finger is a Victorian pub with a wide selection of real ales on the drinks list. A range of classic pub dishes are also available along with various specials.
St Martin's Lane London, 45 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HX
(020) 7300 5588
Blind Spot is a chic cocktail bar within the St Martin's Lane London hotel. Andrew Loudon creates a variety of unique cocktails while Tien Ho offers impressive bar snacks.
The Blue Lion on Grays Inn Road is an independently run pub that suits the Clerkenwell after work crowd to a tee.
133 Grays Inn Road, Bloomsbury, London, WC1X 8TU
(020) 7405 4422
Unit 5, Broadgate Circle, Broadgate, London, EC2M 2QS
(020) 3058 9888
Split over two floors, The Botanist is a restaurant and bar serving British and modern European cuisine and a variety of drinks including innovative cocktails. Downstairs, the Soda Room is a sleek, late night area that has a dancefloor, booths and DJ nights.
Unwind after work with a round or two of ping pong with your colleagues.
121 Holborn, Holborn, London, EC1N 2TD
(020) 3657 6525
1 Lovat Lane, The City, London, EC3R 8DT
(020) 7632 2089
Open on the former Clause site, Dirty Martini brings excellent service and a great choice of both classic and signature cocktails to the City's Lovat Lane.
11-12 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5HZ
(020) 7632 2088
Dirty Martini is a stylish bar and cocktail house in Covent Garden whose sophistication belies its 'dirty' moniker. With excellent service, fantastic mixologists and a friendly atmosphere Dirty Martini is proving a popular choice for those in the know.
The Drift, part of the Drake and Morgan group, is located on the ground floor of the Heron Tower. The food menu is extensive and offers sharing plates, light bites and main meals. A comprehensive drinks list is available and includes cocktails, fine wines and wine flights.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
0845 468 0103
The Fence features a diverse food menu with dishes from across the globe and a selection of vegetarian choices. DJs also play on select nights during the week.
67-69 Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 6BP
(020) 7250 3414
The Folly is an ideal after-work drinks venue because it has calm and collected staff and a great drinks menu including many fine wines and skinny cocktails.
41 Gracechurch Street, Bank, London, EC3V 0BT
0845 468 0102
Forge is a trendy venue with a modern interior that gives it an exciting atmosphere. The menu at Forge has a modern twist on classic dishes, including coca-cola glazed gammon, 'Forge' burger and Scottish salmon whole food salad.
24 Cornhill, The City, London, EC3V 3ND
(020) 7337 6767
170 Victoria Street, Victoria, London, SW1E 5LB
020 3058 1000
Perfect for after work drinks in Victoria - Greenwood is large venue that is home to a pub restaurant, sports lounge, a brow & lashes bar and a barbers.
On the ground floor pub restaurant an impressive choice of craft beer and guest ales are available. Whilst the food menu offers signature dishes such as wild rabbit, pig cheek & celeriac pizza; Brixham hake with pak choi & Thai broth; and spiced king scallop and shrimp burger.
Upstairs you'll find the sports lounge that boasts five screens showing sports throughout the day and night. Greenwood also has an American 8-ball pool table and two shuffleboard tables. A lighter food menu is also available.
3 Hatton Wall, Clerkenwell, London, EC1N 8HX
(020) 7242 4747
The Hat and Tun in Clerkenwell serves a range of real ales, draught lagers and fine wines. Classic pub lunches are available and include pie and mash, salt beef sandwiches and ploughmans.
The Holborn Whippet stocks ales and beers supplied by independent craft breweries. Food at the Holborn Whippet is pizzas and other dishes cooked on their charcoal grill.
25-29 Sicilian Avenue, Holborn, London, WC1A 2QH
(020) 3137 9937
The Lamb Tavern is a bustling Young's pub offering a wide choice of drinks and a food menu of British cuisine. A typical menu at Lamb Tavern may include Young's signature London bangers, haddock and hand cut chips and a Sunday carvery.
10-12 Leadenhall Market, Bank, London, EC3V 1LR
(020) 7626 2454
1a Pudding Lane, City, London, EC3R 8AB
(020) 7608 6545
MBER is a stylish venue accommodating up to 150 people and is located a stones throw from Monument. At MBER you can expect a varied selection of both classic and signature cocktails as well as pan Asian sharing boards and platters.
The Oyster Shed offers an impressive range of seafood and classic British dishes together with a comprehensive selection of drinks such as Aspall cider and Cornish Coaster ales. A typical menu at The Oyster Shed may include Jersey rock oysters, salad of shredded ham hock and goats cheese and sticky toffee pudding.
Ground Floor, 1 Angel Lane, St Paul's, London, EC4R 3AB
(020) 7256 3240
58-60 Carter Lane, London, EC4V 5EA
(020) 7489 7777
Patch St Pauls is a sleek cocktail bar spread over two floors. The atmosphere has the feel of a trendy Shoreditch venue and features comfortable furnishings ideal for relaxing after a day at the office. Patch offers a wide selection of food, drinks and cocktails with various promotions throughout the week.
Like its sister venue Patch East, Patch St Paul's boasts several unique areas, making it an ideal venue for group bookings.
1 Millford Lane, Temple, London, WC2R 3LL
(020) 7377 1843
Perfect for after work drinks if you're in the West End, Simmons Temple is a quirky cocktail bar located just off The Strand in the shell of a traditional London pub. Expect a fun, party atmosphere and extensive drinks deals.
A cocktail in a tea cup is a fantastic way to unwind after a busy day of work.
61 Royal Mint Street, Whitechapel, London, E1 8LG
0207 702 9481
1 Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AR
(020) 7715 9606
Sports Bar and Grill Canary Wharf is a lively bar where you can catch all the latest sporting matches on large plasma screens.
148 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London, SW11 2LW
(020) 7924 7022
Suburb SW11 is a popular bar situated a short walk from Clapham Junction station. Boasting an industrial chic background, with distressed walls, angled mirrors, zinc drinks counters, iron and bamboo features as well as an artistic and comfortable lounge; the venue's versatile design and lighting create a set of moods to fit any occasion.
108 Fetter Lane, City, London, EC4A 1ES
(020) 7242 9696
Situated in the centre of London, the famous White Swan Pub and Dining Room constitutes of a restaurant above an authentic pub area. The dining room is stylish and offers seasonal British fare whilst the bar evokes memories of the traditional British pub.