On the hunt for the best bars in Central London? You’ve come to the right place, so pull out a seat and order a drink. We have provided you with some of the most fanciest, lively, unique bars all very special and making the list for their own reasons. Discover more about the best places to get a drink so your not stuck left wondering next time you are searching for a place to go in Central London.
Beaufort Bar at The Savoy
Imagine grand, sophisticated, lavish … well this place exceeds all expectations and from the moment you make your way into the bar you will be blown away by the dramatic jet-black and eye-catching gold décor. The subdued lighting and magnificent suspended chandelier gives the space a sophisticated dusky feel. Offering an opulent experience this bar reminds us of the time when it used to operate as a cabaret club, where now the bar is placed on the very stage the magic would be performed.
With every good bar delicious and innovative cocktails are essential and the Beaufort Bar has creativity intertwined into their cocktail menu. Broken down into three different sections or ‘three different pillars of magic’ each section has something quite different to offer. The Pledge features light mixed drinks, wines and Champagnes; The Turn, focuses on combining unusual techniques and clandestine flavours with agave spirits, gin, tonics and fortified wines; and finally The Prestige highlights rare whiskies and mixed drinks that are a satiating blend of dark spirits and rich flavours. To accompany your tipple the chef invites you to taste the bar dining menu.
Swift, which has now been opened for just over a year, is the perfect spot in Soho to enjoy a mid week drink with work colleagues to unwind and relax. Split over two floors each level offers its own personality to suit different moods. The upstairs bar is a lively yet elegant setting with strong European apertivo vibes open from 3pm.
Downstairs is the basement den to relax in from 5pm onwards and a drinks list that inclines more towards a darker spirit, where guests can enjoy traditional serves with a contemporary twist. The dimly lit basement creates a more intimate slower pace environment where you can stay for longer and every Saturday and Sunday there is live music to lift the mood.
Nestled in the in the exquisite Grade II listed hotel, Kimpton Fitzroy London Fitz’s bar consists of two separate rooms. The Mirrorball room is a truly exquisite bar that gives off great Gatsby vibes with its dazzling Ostrich feathers, Victorian curios, crocodile-skin wallpaper, a roaring fireplace and glistening, oversized mirror ball. This reservations only bar is open every evening from 6pm and gives the perfect experience with the chance to explore the ideas of ‘Colour Theory’ in the form of cocktails. Interested? It’s a good idea to get a taste for yourself and decide which theory on colour you follow or more importantly which drink you like best. Even better join on a Friday or Saturday night to listen to live music from 7pm to 10pm. Fitz’s bands’ inimitable style and flair will make it a memorable evening.
On the other hand if you want a more relaxed yet still glamorous hangout then the Mural Room is the one, serving late night tipples, the finest classic cocktails, aperitifs, craft beer and wine, everyone’s favourite spirits and even a selection of seasonal small food plates.
The Connaught Bar
Do you have a very special occasion where you require equally a very special bar to test out after a meal or a show? Well look no further then the prestigious elegant Connaught Bar. Named the worlds best bar in 2021 visiting is simply a no brainer. As soon as you enter the bar you can absorb the bars stylish surroundings with the platinum silver and pool grey tone with 1920’s art. Located in Mayfair what more can you expect then luxury! Open from 4pm-1am Monday- Saturday this is an ideal spot to come for a sophisticated late night tipple.
The service here is truly impeccable with staff being very attentive and the barmen being compared to artists. The incredible bar, with its eye catching gold look, boasts premium drinks from vintage cocktails such as the Crayola and Brilliance (you will have to find out for yourself), spirits, champagnes, wines to even the martini trolley. What more can we say other than this bar certainly deserves their well renowned reputation and upon visiting you will certainly know why.
Once a place where Edward VII and his mistress dined in private is now a reinvented cocktail bar and old fashioned elegance is one way of exactly describing this bar. When you walk upstairs from London’s oldest and well respected restaurant you come across this magnificent cocktail bar with dark wood, crimson leather seating and a grand roaring fireplace creating a gentleman’s club kind of setting. As you continue on through the bar you get to a conservatory that still gives us the same kind of aesthetic with a much more brighter airy vibe, with wix chairs, gold twinkling lighting hidden in the wisteria and a botanical backdrop. All in all this tucked away little gem is the perfect way to sit back and enjoy a drink in relaxed but stylish surroundings.
As for the cocktails the focus is on making classic cocktails with a slight modern twist. Whats the point in overbearing a martini sometimes the best things should be best left untouched or unchanged and this principle is followed whereby the cocktails are made the way they used to be made with maybe just a slight charachteristic touch. At Christmas you may even find a garnish of orange peels alongside cloves. The cocktail remains simple with just a few bespoke in house creations.
Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals
An oasis in Fitzrovia where the place is filled entirely with flora and fauna collected from all over the world. The space is bright and airy with giant feature windows, bright decor and tropical influences allowing you to escape the city for a bit to enter a world of quirky fun. Follow the tree trunk up the spiral staircase to find the treehouse, botanical-inspired artwork, wisteria-covered canopy of trees and floral soft furnishings, the space provides a stunning backdrop for any affair.
The drinks list is rather sublime with exotic ingredients from around the world compounded with homemade tinctures, infusions and cordials for your pleasure and delight. Try out of the ordinary drinks such as the Pomaces, Promises (Discarded Grape Skin vodka, Chardonnay wine, Martini Riserva Speciale Ambrato vermouth, Hendrick’s absinthe and cold brew jasmine green tea) or the Perfect Timing (Patrón Silver tequila, Cointreau orange liqueur, pink grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice and chipotle chilli-infused hibiscus syrup). Whatever drink you opt for prepare to have your taste buds tickled and enjoy this wonderful creative and unique establishment.
Mr Lyan has certainly pushed the boundaries here inventing a new establishment whereby the menu places emphasis on ingredients instead of cocktails. This may sound slightly peculiar but this concept experiments with new aromas and tastes which are definitely intriguing. The venue conveniently located in the Sea Containers along South Bank offers a variety of different spaces that can accommodate private settings through to bigger social occasions with stylish and chic interiors with a signature electric blue focus, as well as the original green marble bar.
Whilst most love their go to classic cocktails it can sometimes get monotonous seeing the same old drinks on the menu every time. Selecting five key ingredients that have global resonance including oyster honey, blood curaçao, green sauce liqueur, malt & grass, amazake and fruit furikake the menu interprets these ingredients through a British lens spicing drinks up. Further mixing it up each ingredient has 3 cocktail expressions showing how each ingredient
can add nuance and depth to everyday drinks and beyond. In addition, if you like to stick to what you know then there is a selection of wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks to stick with. Bar bites, sharing dishes and small plates will also keep you satisfied.