The Best 11 “must-go” bars we love in London

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The London bar scene is undoubtedly one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan scenes in the whole world whatever your taste might be. We at Gals and the City have gathered for you to discover the 11 iconic spots of this much-loved city; the best 11 bars – among stunning luxury cocktail bars and well-hidden ones that only locals know. So if you are planning your trip to London or just staying there but you are searching for new hotspots, here you are with the list.

  • 68 and Boston. London Cocktail Bar ($$)

Bartenders mix up modern takes on classics, such as old-fashioneds and martinis as well as signature cocktails. The atmosphere is friendly and very cozy as you are sitting close to the other customers. It is also a good option to enjoy your wine while sharing croquettes and a charcuterie plate after work in a super relaxed mood.

Need to know:

  • Cash/ Credit Cards
  • Serves Food
  • Takes Reservations
  • Metro Station: Tottenham Court Road
  • Dress code: Smart casual
  • Website: http://www.68andboston.com/

 Info:

ADDRESS:  5 Greek St., Soho / PHONE NUMBER: +44.20.7287.3713 / OPENING HOURS: Mon-Wed: 4pm-12am, Thu: 4pm-1am, Fri-Sat: 4pm-2am

  • Blind Pig ($$)

Hidden above his equally genius restaurant, the Social Eating House, on Soho’s Poland Street, the Blind Pig is a proper speakeasy and award-winning bar. The menu being like a notebook offers a great variety of inventive and delicious cocktails inspired by children’s literature and named after the heroes of our childhood, like Peter Rabbit, Pooh even Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. The Blind Pig is a nice and nostalgic option to end your busy day.

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Info:

ADDRESS: 58 Poland St., Soho / PHONE NUMBER:+44.20.7993.3251 / OPENING HOURS: Mon-Sat: 12pm-10:30pm

  • Hovarda ($$$)

Hovarda is basically an Aegean inspired bar and restaurant but as the night falls the music gets louder and suddenly it feels more like you are in a club than in a restaurant. We love it for drinks! The Dj keeps you up all night long while delicious salty snacks are served ‘till dawn. Choose to taste tzatziki with pita that goes well with a glass of white wine. We also recommend you to check the Dj schedule on the website as the bar hosts a lot of well-known artists almost day per day.

Need to know:

  • Serves food
  • Cash/ credit Cards
  • Take reservations
  • Metro Station: Piccadilly Circus
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Website: https://www.hovarda.london/

Info:

ADDRESS: 36–40 Rupert St., Soho / PHONE NUMBER:+44.20.3019.3460 / OPENING HOURSKitchen → Monday – Wednesday: 12:00 – 15:00 / 17:00 – 23:00, Thursday – Friday :12:00 – 15:00 / 17:00 – 23:30, Saturday: 12:00 – 16:00 / 17:00 – 23:30, Sunday: 12:00 – 16:00 / 17:00 – 23:00 , Bar → Monday – Saturday: 17:00 – 01:00, Sunday :17:00 – 00:30

  • Shochu Lounge and Cocktail bar ($$-$$$)

Shochu Lounge takes its name from Japan’s national drink – Shochu. What we like on the award-winning bar is the special decoration of blooming flowers overhanging as well as the creation of contemporary and sophisticated cocktails. The luxury and warm environment is going to make your night really atmospheric among a well-dressed ambiance.

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Info:

ADDRESS: 37 Charlotte Street,  Fitzrovia, London W1T 1RR / PHONE NUMBER: +44.20.7580.6464 / OPENING HOURS: Mon-Sat: 5.30pm-11.30pm, Sun: 12.30-3.30pm (brunch) & 5.30-10.30 pm

  • Annabel’s ($$$-$$$$)

We are talking about the globally legendary playground of film stars, royalty financiers, tycoons and international jetset. It is also said to be the only nightclub the Queen has ever visited. What we love in Annabel’s is that spread across four floors there are private rooms and bars – building on the themes of flora and fauna – offering an all-day and all-night experience for you to work, dine and have fun. Of course, it’s a private members-only club, so you will have to find a friend who can get you in.  Being one of the most elegant and iconic clubs in the world that brims with fascinating people, it is worth to visit it even once in your life. You feel like you are in a palace! Check the lady’s loos – the fanciest loos in London you’ve ever seen.

Need to know:

  • Member’s Club
  • Serves food
  • Reservation needed
  • Cash/ Credit Cards
  • Metro Station: Green Park
  • Dress Code: Strictly Smart/ Fabulous party dressing
  • Website: https://annabels.co.uk/

Info:

ADDRESS: 46 Berkeley Square / PHONE NUMBER: +44.20.3915.4046, OPENING HOURS: Mon-Friday: 7.30am-3am, Saturday: 12 pm-3am, Sunday: 12 pm- 1am

  • The Blue Posts ($)

Even before arriving at the bar you can hear laughs as people enjoy their drinks while standing and chatting in a good mood after work. What we really love is that the recently renovated pub is a stylish cocktail bar, a classic pub and a small restaurant all in one building. If you head upstairs, you will find Mulwray, the modern decorated cocktail lounge, the ground floor features a high-ceilinged pub, while in the basement there is a third venue, Evelyn’s Table, an eleven- seat restaurant. The kitchen team creates a daily- changing menu for Evelyn’s table, as well as a bar menu for the ground and first floor like the mouthwatering peanuts, dusted in harissa and sausage roll. In other words, you can have your lunch there, enjoy your afternoon tea/coffee, dine in the kitchen bar and grab a late-night drink without going elsewhere.

Need to know:

  • Cash/Credit Cards
  • Serves food
  • Metro Station: Tottenham Court Road
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual, Casual
  • Website: http://theblueposts.co.uk/

Info:

ADDRESS: 28 Rupert St., Soho / PHONE NUMBER: +44.20.3805.3099 / OPENING HOURS: Mon-Wed: 5pm-11pm, Thu: 4pm-11:30pm, Fri: 4pm-12am, Sun: 3pm-9pm

  • Mr. Fogg’s residence ($$-$$$)

Discover the adventurous bar that hides exotic creatures and statuettes and enjoy your evening with a cocktail in hand from a wide range of sophisticated and unique cocktail list that travels you to magically “tasty” destinations. Just choose your destination from the fascinating menu and your cocktail is ready. What we really like is the atmosphere; always festive and cozy that takes you back to the Victorian era.

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Info:

ADDRESS: 15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, Nearest tube station: Green Park / PHONE NUMBER:+44.20.7036.0608 / OPENING HOURS: Mon-Friday: 4.01 pm-2.01 am, Saturday: 1.31 pm-2.01 am, Sunday: 3.01 pm- 12.01 am

  • Bar at the Chiltern Firehouse ($$$)

This place is ideal to enjoy your afternoon tea served by the stylishly attired staff in a glamorous lushness. You feel like sitting in a chic garden but you are indoors! It is also a nice option for those who want to study, work, or just take a break in a cool and elegant environment full of comfy floral sofas, greenery, flowers, and elegant wicker furniture.

Need to know:

Info:

ADDRESS: 1 Chiltern St., Marylebone / PHONE NUMBER: +44.207.073.7676 / OPENING HOURS: Monday – Wednesday: 7am – 10am / 12pm – 2pm / 5pm – 10pm, Thursday – Friday: 7am – 10am / 12pm – 3pm / 6pm – 10pm, Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 10am / 11am – 3pm / 6pm – 10pm

  • Monkey House Lounge & Bar ($$$$)

Located in glamorous Mayfair, Monkey House is not just a luxury restaurant, is also a bar that hosts international and residents Djs to take charge of the music. When the evening becomes night the lights get a bit lower and the music gets a bit louder with people getting up, while others who want to chill and not dance just take their drink and chat. Impressive cocktails and rare spirits are served in a completely cosmopolitan atmosphere among a supremely well-dressed ambiance. Don’t be surprised if you see any movie star or celeb from the fashion industry dancing next to you as this is one of London’s bars they are used to party.

Need to know:

  • Serves food
  • Take Reservations
  • Cash/Credit Cards
  • Metro Station: Green Park
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual, Chic- Sexy
  • Website: http://www.mnky-hse.com/

Info:

ADDRESS: 10 Dover Street, Mayfair / PHONE NUMBER:+44.777.181.7677, OPENING HOURS: Monday &Tuesday: 12 pm-3 pm / 6 pm- 2 am, Wednesday-Saturday: 12 pm-3am / 6 pm – 4 am, Sunday: 6 pm- 12 am

  • Nightjar ($$)

Nightjar is a proper speakeasy jazz bar with a dash of old school glamour. You will find it downstairs and it is so crowded that you may be ready to wait a little bit. Enjoy exotic cocktails and drinks in a mix of live 1920s jazz and swing music. The menu is endless! Although it is not in the center of London, it’s worth a visit. The elegant cocktail “Palma Rosa Fizz” is recommended as it travels you to amazingly aromatic paths.

Need to know:

  • Reservations Line Open: 12-5 pm, Monday – Friday
  • Cash/Credit Cards
  • Metro station: Old Street Underground
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Website: https://barnightjar.com/

Info:

ADDRESS: 129 City Road / PHONE NUMBER: (+44) 020 7253 4101 / OPENING HOURS: Friday & Saturday: 6 pm-3 am, Thursday: 6 pm- 2 am, Sunday- Wednesday: 6 pm- 1 am

  • Mews of Mayfair ($$$-$$$$)

Located in a historic and secret courtyard, Mews of Mayfair looks like a hip London pub but it’s actually a sophisticated and sexy lounge with a glamorous interior and buzzing atmosphere full of stylish people. Spend your evening with drinks in a place that oozes exclusivity choosing between Mews cocktail bar, Mews Lounge and Mews Courtyard bar. The good thing is that there is no membership fee, something that makes it accessible to the crowd.

Need to know:

  • Take Reservations
  • Dress code: Smart
  • Serves European, British, Brunch, Bar Snacks and Afternoon Tea food
  • Cash/Credit Cards
  • Nearest station: Bond Street
  • Website: https://mewsofmayfair.com/

Info:

ADDRESS: 10 Lancashire Court, Mayfair / PHONE NUMBER: +44 (0)207 518 9388, OPENING HOURS: Friday & Saturday: 6 pm-3 am, Thursday: 6 pm- 2 am, Sunday- Wednesday: 6 pm- 1 am

[Cover ©Photo by Eva Dang]

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