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Thanks to GinMonkey, we found this brilliant tube map of some of the greatest cocktail bars in London. Today’s post give’s you a brief personal summary below of the ones we have already had the chance to visit.

tube map of cocktail bars

Searcys St Pancras Grand Brasserie & Champagne Bar

A stylish French bar located in Kings Cross St Pancras. As you would expect from a French Brasserie; professional service, stylish but not original drinks and prices that match it’s grand interior.

Searcys2 Stars

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Hawksmoor

A favourite of ours, the drinks list is extensive with exciting twists on old classics and a handful of new ones. The bar has a Victoria gentleman’s drinking pub feel that gives it a stylish and understated edge. The Ginger Beer Cocktail is a must!

hawksmoor5 Stars

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The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town

Relaxing; it is the perfect place to hide away from the world and waste a few hours. Their specialities are Bloody Marys but their other cocktails are no bad too. Try having brunch there instead of the breakfast club above to avoid the queues after 12pm. You need to enter the bar though a 1950’s Smeg fridge – which although fun, may entice unwanted tourists.

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town4 Stars

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The Zetter Townhouse

So stylish and sophisticated, Oscar Wilde would have enjoyed sipping absinthe flavoured cocktails in metal tumblers I’d imagine. Like a scene out of a Victorian book, there is something new everywhere you look! The drinks list is enticing though not extensive. This bar is a place to go for the atmosphere and drinks are not shabby either.

zetter townhouse4 Stars

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Bourne and Hollingsworth

Once you have managed to locate the bar, you arrive in what looks to be your mad Aunt’s house. Small and very kitsch, this bar does some mean cocktails. Though strong, they are small in size and you get a feel that the bar staff aren’t as knowledgeable on their drinks as some of the above bars. Also it is hard to get a seat as there are only limited sofas and chairs yet still worth a look though.

Bourne and Hollingsworth2 Stars

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The Dorchester

A place to see and be seen! Once inside the decadent red bar, the service and cocktail list really doesn’t disappoint. It has great tasting cocktails that clearly have visitors coming here not just for the name.


dorchester bar4 Stars

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The Gardens at the Kensington Roof Gardens

Mediterranean in feel, this is a great place to come in the summer. Though over priced and unoriginal, the drinks are strong and made by attentive waiters. The atmosphere and Mediterranean surroundings make up for any disappointment in the drinks area.

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The Cellar door

This hidden cocktail bar is located in one of the most busy roads in London, it is surprisingly hard to find. Cocktails although not cheap are well designed and the burlesque and caberet make this small rabbit hole a real find (once you do find it that is). The cocktail list is fairly extensive (all served with popcorn) though is not earth shattering in its innovation. Service is personable. The toilets are worth a try as they are said to be the sexisest in London…

Cellar Door2 Stars

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Graphic

Arty cocktail bar in the back streets of Soho. Cocktails range from the traditional to inventive, where you can choose from several colours of paint cans ‘cocktails’ or splash out and go for gold paint which includes Spandau Ballet playing in the background for you while you drink. If you are feeling even more swish you can get the real Peter Hadley singing ‘Gold’ for a mere £15000 – bizarre

graphic3 Stars

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Callooh Callay

This bar in Hoxton gets a lot of hype, there is a secret bar hidden behind the wardrobe of the first bar (a Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe type thing). Constantly busy the bar creates a wide variety of cocktails on the menu displayed in old fashioned tape cases. Everyone we know says it’s worth going but never really worth the second trip.

callooh callay2 Stars

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Worship Street Whistling Shop

Seats in this small underground bar are hard to get so book early. There is an additional fee to sit here after 8pm as there is live speak-easy bands. The cocktails are theatrically presented with dry ice, props and edible items to suit the cocktail name or theme.

Worship Street Whistling Shop5 Stars

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The Nightjar

The Nightjar is a mixologist heaven; with a wide variety of unusual cocktails even more originally presented this is a must try. The brick bar in the centre breaks up the room into three and even includes a chemistry room where ordinary ingredients are turned into original concoctions in the ways they are mixed, heated and stored.

nightjar 5 Stars

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Purl

As most of these speakeasy underground bars it is hard to find. Snuggled between terrage houses and shops in Marylebone this cocktail bar would be a shame to be overlooked. Cocktails are well thought out but are less pretentious than some of its peers but are no less exciting and unique. This place has bare brick walls and has a piano player on weekends. Small nibbles are served as you are seated and the menu is served in an old fashioned book


purl5 Stars

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Happiness Forgets

The name is as lovely as the place. Hidden in a basement in Hoxton Square this un assuming cocktail bar has bare brick walls a limited number of tables and a select number of cocktails. The cocktails are not glamorous, daring or themed but are just delicious, well presented and thoughtful. A firm favourite.

happiness forgets5 Stars