Sitting back and relaxing with a cocktail is one of the greatest experiences you can have, and nowhere does a cocktail better than London. Whatever type of beverage you prefer, you will find it in the capital, and with that in mind, here are some of the best cocktail bars in London.
The Attic at Pan Peninsula
With 360-degree stellar views of the city, The Attic is a luxurious cocktail bar located on the 48th floor of the Pan Peninsula in Canary Wharf. The Attic has a number of vodka, gin, whiskey and champagne-based cocktails on offer, including the Martini-based Cosmopolitan, Old Fashioned and Bellini. There is also a great happy hour from 5pm until 7pm available Tuesday to Saturday, offering a number of cocktails for only £7. If you get a bit peckish, The Attic also has a number of sharing platters and bar snacks that you can indulge in.
Milk & Honey
This speakeasy bar located in Soho is only available to non-members before 11pm by reservation in the early part of the week. However, it is well worth a visit so make sure you book in advance. The drinks and food menu is mouthwatering, and it’s no wonder given that Milk & Honey has won a number of hospitality awards since it opened in 2002. From champagne cocktails to more unusual whisky cocktails, such as the Japanese Fizz, tantalise your tastebuds at Milk & Honey – it is worth it.
Head over to Shoreditch where you can find the fairly new Canvas Bar where art and cocktails are mixed together (hence the name). Art exhibitions take place here every so often, but it really is the cocktails that are drawing the crowds to the venue. The friendly mixologists really know their craft and the cocktail menu is nothing short of stunning. Those with a sweet tooth will be in heaven tasting the Peanut Colada, Banana Cabana and the R-Rated (we are talking butterscotch and chocolate mixed with Bacardi Gold rum here). If you fancy something a little more sharp, the Chilli Teqilli is the one for you. Or if you are feeling brave, a Shoreditch Iced Tea will do the trick, although it is tall and very, very strong, so don’t order too many!
A cocktail bar that uses New Orleans as a theme sounds perfect to us!Having won a number of awards, NOLA really brings the laid-back New Orleans way of life to London, along with some wonderful jazz music. Get into the Cajun spirit with a Hurricaine and see where the night takes you. We guarantee you will feel at ease the moment you enter the Shoreditch venue.
The Toy Shop
Head to Putney for one of the city’s most fun and coolest bars. The Toy Shop is the ideal place to let your inner kid go wild. If Willy Wonka opened a bar, this would be it, with a cocktail menu boasting drinks such as The Big Bad Wolf, Peter Pan and Revenge of the Gingerbread Man. You can order a sharer cocktail which might just come in a dolls house, while the menu also offers alcoholic ice cubes which have been carved into lego men as well as homemade absinthe wine gums! The Toy Shop also has a tasty food menu, just in case you order too many of those wine gums…
The London Cocktail Club
Doing what it says on the packet, The London Cocktail Club has venues in Shoreditch, Oxford Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue, Goodge Street and Covent Garden, so you are never too far away from one. A number of the cocktails on the menu are somewhat unusual, including the Bacon & Egg, which combines Jack Daniels with bacon mixed in maple syrup, orange bitters and lemon juice. Harry Potter fans will want to try the Butter Beer, which mixes Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey with vodka, Camden IPA, caramel syrup and apple – we will be ordering one when we visit, that’s for sure!