Central London Bars
Take your pick through our selection of exemplary venues in the city courtesy of our recommended list of central London bars. From stylish DJ bars to charming pubs, our guide to central London bars is all you need to ensure a satisfying night out.
The Milestone Hotel, 1 Kensington Court, Kensington, London, W8 5DL
(020) 7917 1000
The Stables Bar within the Milestone Hotel is an intimate and cosy bar to meet friends and unwind. A selection of drinks are available alongside modern British bar food.
- An intimate and unique hideaway
- Set in a Grade II listed building
- The extensive drinks menu belies such a modest name
- Stables Bar's signature cocktail: The Old Fashioned
- Enticing surroundings and world-class service
More Central London Bars
A reliable chain bar on Great Windmill Street.
20 Great Windmill Street, Soho, London, W1D 7LA
(020) 7479 7626
Belgo Centraal is another great example of this chain getting it right.
50 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9LJ
(020) 7813 2233
This gastropub keeps quality to a high standard while maintaining a style all of its own.
51 Eagle Street, Holborn, London, WC1R 4AP
(020) 7404 0200
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.
11-12 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5HZ
(020) 7632 2088
158 Bishopsgate, The City, London, EC2M 4LN
(020) 7632 2086
Dirty Martini opens their third bar on the City's Bishopsgate. Expect an effortlessly cool interior, excellent service and a great choice of both classic and signature cocktails.
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 funkiest option on Shaftesbury Avenue.
198 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 8JL
(020) 7240 9933
London Cocktail Club's latest venture sees them backed by culinary heavyweight Raymond Blanc. Taking over the basement space formerly known as Manouche Wine Bar, expect quality cocktails and hot dogs.
Basement, 61 Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1TL
(020) 7580 1960
This couldn't be closer to the action, just over the road from Oxford Circus Station, making the third London Cocktail Club a no-brainer destination on a wild West End night out.
4 Great Portland Street, Marylebone, London, W1W 8QJ
(020) 7580 1960
Quietly tucked away on Chandos Place lies this jewel in Covent Garden’s drinking crown.
51-52 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HS
(020) 7379 0367
The Martini Bar is the pleasant antithesis to all the trashy, cheap tourist and party bars in the area.
Christopher's, 18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DD
(020) 7240 4222
Looking for bars in Chinatown? Head along to Opium, where cocktails and dim sum are served in a secretive fashion.
15-16 Gerrard Street, Chinatown, London, W1D 6JE
(020) 7734 7276
An attractive pub in Bloomsbury. The Perseverance wouldn’t look out of place in a Dickens novel, albeit one with a modern twist.
63 Lambs Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 3NB
(020) 7405 8278
Although attached to the traditional Westbury Hotel, The Polo Bar is an entity in its own right – and an upbeat, funky one at that.
The Westbury, 37 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2YF
(020) 8382 5006
The Porterhouse in Covent Garden sells a varied range of ales, stouts and lagers.
21-22 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7NA
(020) 7379 7917
The Seven Stars is a very old and historic pub in Carey Street that serves a variety of beers and quality wines.
53-54 Carey Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2JB
(020) 7242 8521