The best celebrity spotting bars in London are more diverse than you may think. Not every celebrity wants to be recognised although several celebrities do tend to frequent the same haunts. With our pick to the best celebrity spotting bars you'll be making small talk with famous folk into the early hours.
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The Bar at The Dorchester Hotel is a comfortable and indulgent venue filled with a crowd of familiar faces from the glossy magazines.
The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QA
(020) 7629 8888
Jason Atherton is one of those chefs who pulls in the A-list crowds, so his Soho speakeasy is sure to draw in the celebs like moths to a flame.
Social Eating House, First Floor, 58 Poland Street, Soho, London, W1F 7NR
(020) 7993 3251
It isn’t clear whether Daniel Radcliffe, Joely Richardson and Johnny Depp have actually visited the Bloated Mallard but this is the impression it gives and with Teddington studios being located nearby, it’s quite possible.
3 Victoria Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0BB
(020) 8977 1342
3-4 Coventry Street, West End, London, W1D 6BL
(020) 7734 7700
Cafe de Paris is one of the most exclusive clubs in the West End, famed for its opulent decor, sense of old-school glamour and celebrity patrons. The venue features an indoor balcony and a selection of bars near the main dance floor area. Over the years Cafe de Paris has been frequented by royalty, actors, famous musicians and other celebrities - you never know who you might bump into!
A popular haunt with A-listers including Kate Moss, Jay Z and former Prime Minister David Cameron - Chiltern Firehouse is a hotel, restaurant and bar by Andre Balazs, of New York's Mercer and Chateau Marmont in Hollywood.
1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 7PA
(020) 7073 7676
Pierce Brosnan, Lisa Stansfield, Sylvester McCoy, David Bedford and Jon Culshaw have been known to pop in to the Duke.
23-25 New End, Hampstead, London, NW3 1JD
(020) 7794 2068
Sketch pulls in famous faces aplenty, whether it's for a charity event, a launch party or just one of their regular nights.
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2XG
(020) 7659 4500
If you prefer your celebs more civilised, head along to Limehouse to this pub where owners Ian McKellan and Evgeny Lebedev invite all their pals.
76 Narrow Street, Limehouse, London, E14 8BP
(020) 7987 4396
With performances dating back as far as the 1920s, this venue has played host to legends from the Rolling Stones and Van Morrison to modern-day musical bigwigs U2, Kasabian and Kate Bush.
93 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London, SW15 1EU
(020) 8780 9383
The men behind the Mighty Boosh frequent this legendary venue in Camden and very often you'll find Peaches and her gang huddled into a corner, drinking the place dry.
2 Castlehaven Road, Camden, London, NW1 8QU
(020) 7428 5979
No, this isn't as obscure as you may think. This is where you will catch celebrities off-guard as they grab a bite after visiting BBC Broadcasting House nearby. Perfect for all you annoying autograph hunters out there.
Saint Georges Hotel, 14 Langham Place, Marylebone, London, W1B 2QS
(020) 7580 0111
Henry's Cafe Bar is located in the heart of Covent Garden and serves a variety of British dishes from breakfast through to dinner. Henry's Cafe Bar offers a range of dishes to suit all occasions as well as a wide selection of beer, wine and cocktails.
5-6 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8PS
(020) 7379 1871
Head to the Hollywood Arms if you fancy rubbing shoulders with the Made in Chelsea cast and other rich and famous Chelsea faces.
45 Hollywood Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9HX
(020) 7349 7840
The Jam Tree is a popular bar and restaurant, as proven by Prince Harry's recent visit for lunch. Here you can expect British and globally-inspired cuisine alongside a varied selection of drinks, with a beer garden, BBQs and a late license.
541 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW6 2EB
(020) 3397 3739
316-318 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UH
(020) 7351 5998
JuJu Chelsea is located in the heart of Chelsea on King's Road and as you can expect, they regularly attract the MIC crowd as well as footballers and other celebrities. As well as an extensive choice of drinks, there is also a varied choice of meals available at JuJu.
This quality bar and restaurant pulls in many locals, including celebrities such as Helen Mirren, Alistair McGowan, Timothy West, Prunella Scales and Mark Owen of Take That, all of who happily engage in chat and conversation.
Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, John Archer Way, Wandsworth Common, London, SW18 3SX
(020) 8870 6567
Never mind your glamour girls and your Big Brother non-entities, this is where you can meet the cream of the crop from the British music scene. Buy them a pint after a successful set and chat anally about rare recordings and favourite riffs.
35 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London, NW1 8AJ
(020) 7482 7163
Popular with the Royals and their chums, Mahiki is a major celebrity stomping ground.
1 Dover Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4LD
(020) 7493 9529
McQueen holds guest sets for celebrities including Jade Jagger and Jodie Harsh, so the usual celebrity circles are definitely due to follow shortly.
55-61 Tabernacle Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4AA
(020) 7036 9229
Posh and Madge and their ensuing entourages have filled out this uber-trendy celeb-haunt on Berkeley Street.
15 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8DY
(020) 7290 9222
One of Soho’s smartest destinations for dinner has sectioned off part of its restaurant to create a bar with an old school British feel. Now you can settle in for drinks and informal food alongside bloggers taking snaps of their dinner and celebrities like Suggs from Madness.
Quo Vadis, 26-29 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3LL
(020) 7437 9585
Radio Rooftop Bar is a destination bar on the 10th floor of ME London. Boasting stunning views and stylish surroundings, Radio Rooftop Bar also hosts a monthly cocktail party with DJs, cocktails and finger food.
ME London, 336-337 Strand, Strand, London, WC2R 1HA
(020) 7395 3440
Like the Hawley Arms this is another unassuming haunt for North West London's famous locals.
97 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, London, NW3 4RL
(020) 7483 1261
The Wellington Club has seen a whole variety of celebrity visits, including Rihanna, John Prescott and Jodie Marsh.
116A Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7PJ
(020) 7823 8211
The Windsor Castle enjoyed mass media coverage when Madonna and Guy Ritchie made this their favourite pub for a pint of real ale.
114 Campden Hill Road, Holland Park, London, W8 7AR
(020) 7243 8797
Wyld is a cocktail bar and late-night club within the W London Hotel. Located on the first floor, it attracts plenty of famous faces and they have regular DJ nights.
W London, 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF
(020) 7758 1060