Cocktails have been taking London by storm for quite some time now with venues ranging from the mysterious speakeasy to slickly designed bars and sumptuous hotels. There's nothing better than sipping an expertly crafted cocktail in our superb capital city, so we've put together a list of the best cocktail bars in London to help find the perfect spot for you.
15-16 Lendal Terrace, Clapham, London, SW4 7UX
(020) 3397 8844
Fu Manchu is a social experiment from the team behind Jam Tree. Expect an extensive choice of dim sum and cocktails. Come nightfall, Fu Manchu hosts a wide selection of live music events and transforms into Clapham's most compelling nightclub.
Playboy Club London, 14 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1ND
(020) 3553 7733
Tale Bar at Playboy Club London is a sophisticated piano and cocktail bar, check out this award winning Mayfair bar, look forward to a warm personal welcome and cocktails such as the infamous Spicy Fifty or electrifying Breakfast Martini.
More Cocktail Bars in London
Found on the site of the previous Colebrookes, 69 Colebrooke Row is a welcome addition to Islington offering with a 'speakeasy' theme and an extensive range of cocktails.
69 Colebrooke Row, Islington, London, N1 8AA
38 Clapham High Street, Clapham, London, SW4 7UR
(020) 3640 3229
The Clapham High Street Adventure Bar brings tongue-in-cheek and quirky cocktails to up-for-it party goers.
A little slice of South America comes to Shoreditch in Barrio East. Make sure you check out the Margaritas, Caipirinhas or any of the in-house creations.
141-143 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6JE
(020) 7749 3940
There are but a few places in London town where sipping cocktails from twee teacups is entirely acceptable behaviour. And the cocktails are darn tasty at Bourne and Hollingsworth, too.
28 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1JF
(020) 7636 8228
Welcome to the upside down world of Callooh Callay, a quirky bar with a lot to offer.
65 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AY
(0207) 739 4781
Covent Garden Cocktail Club is the ideal antidote to all of the tacky tourist bars and drunken revelry that surrounds Leicester Square.
6-7 Great Newport Street, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7JB
(020) 7580 1960
Said to be the inspiration for the the famous James Bond line "shaken, not stirred", DUKES Bar is renowned worldwide for its Martini cocktails.
Dukes London, 36 St James's Place, St James, London, SW1A 1NY
(020) 7491 4840
Eccentric venue ECC Chinatown is found on Gerrard Street and is situated over two floors. The interior features a piano bar and mirrored ceiling, classic cocktails are served alongside a food menu of French charcuterie & cheese.
13a Gerrard Street, Chinatown, London, W1D 5PS
(020) 7434 3559
35 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9LD
(020) 7240 5142
The Escapologist concentrates on creating a great atmosphere with unique drinks in an engaging space. From the brains behind Adventure Bar, this popular Covent Garden bar offers a menu of expertly created cocktails and high-quality pizzas.
Head back to the 20s at this Prohibition-style, private-eye firm where cocktails are lethal and bar staff will encourage you to go off-menu. Try Auntie May's Marmalade Bronx for a drink out of the ordinary.
310c Earls Court Road, London, SW5 9BA
(020) 7373 3573
31 Jamestown Road, Camden, London, NW1 7DB
(020) 7424 9054
Fifty Five Bar and Lounge is a high end cocktail bar manned by professionally trained bartenders with over 45 years of combined experience. Fifty Five rocks out party tunes ranging from the 70s right up to the present day - never leave your air guitar at home!
With a fantastic private bar available to hire, the menu consists of 180 cocktails; from much loved classics to modern creations there is something for every drinker. With two for one offers as well as an impressive selection of beers and wines, Fifty Five is a superb choice for those seeking a fun, relaxed and friendly environment.
25 Canonbury Lane, Islington, London, N1 2AS
(020) 7226 0955
This laid-back cocktail bar on Canonbury Lane is well worth checking out for a fresh take on the classics.
Earlsfield's Graffiti Bar offers a variety of drinks served within relaxed surroundings. Various drink promotions are offered throughout the week.
561 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, London, SW18 4SR
(020) 8944 9009
Shakey Pete's Ginger Brew, a Nuclear Daiquiri and a Tobacco Old Fashioned are among the highlights at this clandestine basement bar.
157b Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BJ
(020) 7426 4856
This south west London branch of The Jam Tree serves up jam-inspired creations behind its bar.
13-19 Old Town, Clapham, London, SW4 0JT
(020) 3397 4422
515 Fulham Road, Fulham, London, SW6 1HD
(020) 7385 9991
Kona Kai is a Polynesian inspired bar located a short distance from Fulham Broadway tube station. Alongside a variety of exotic cocktails, they offer a compact choice of meals including New Zealand green shell mussels, Thai beef and Kona Kai specials. With Tiki decor and party tunes being played, Kona Kai is ideal for a fun night out with friends.
Indulge in cocktails with very original syrups and mixers to match the quirky Alice in Wonderland theme.
49 Hackney Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 7NX
(020) 7613 3936
From the inspired people who brought you Lost Society comes the Lost Angel on Battersea Park Road with a fine cocktail list available.
339 Battersea Park Road, Battersea, London, SW11 4LS
(020) 7622 2112
This is a bar that takes its cocktails seriously. And, given the time and care put into them and the quality of the ingredients, they are very well priced with the cheapest coming in at just £7, before rising to £11.
Hix, 66-70 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 9UP
(020) 7292 3518
14-17 Carthusian Street, The City, London, EC1M 6AD
(020) 7726 8925
Neo is a sophisticated lounge bar located on Carthusian Street. Resident mixologist has created a variety of signature drinks including fifteen champagne cocktails. A variety of globally inspired platters are also available.
The Nightjar is a speakeasy found in Old Street, they serve an extensive choice of signature cocktails and host regular music throughout the week.
129 City Road, Old Street, London, EC1V 1JB
(020) 7253 4101
Morrell House, 98 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AF
(020) 7729 0087
All sorts of weird and wonderful drinks are constructed in this stylish basement bar. They create their own flavoured spirits and use lots of different ingredients to stand out from the crowd.
111 Long Lane, London Bridge, London, SE1 4PH
(020) 7357 6281
The Old School Yard is a fun bar that serves a wide choice of cocktails, spirits and lagers. The resident DJs spin classic old skool tracks that will have you skidding across the dance floor once again.
Cocktail visionary Dre Masso takes inspiration from ancient Chinese opium dens in his latest cocktail bar and dim sum parlour.
15-16 Gerrard Street, Chinatown, London, W1D 6JE
(020) 7734 7276
Purl is bustling cocktail bar in Marylebone that has an extensive drinks list. Swing and jazz are played in the background of this contemporary venue.
50-54 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 7HT
(020) 7935 0835
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
0845 601 8980
Hutong Shard, 33rd Floor, 31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 9RY
(020) 3011 1257
Cocktails at Hutong's Shanghai Bar at The Shard take their inspiration from Chinese remedies and medicines are as exotic and creative as they come.
For adventurous and inventive cocktails from the team behind 64th & Social, head along to SouthSider Cocktail Club in Battersea.
56 Battersea Rise, Battersea, London, SW11 1EJ
(020) 7223 4217
The Zetter Townhouse Cocktail Lounge is provided by the highly rated 69 Colebrooke Row. Expect inventive cocktails in refined surroundings.
The Zetter Townhouse, 49-50 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 4JJ
(020) 7324 4444