Cocktails are everywhere in London, but these bars are among the best for classic, innovative, atmospheric drinking

7 Tales

Japanese inspired drinks with lovely food joint Sosharu above and sending down some of their food for drinkers to enjoy – what’s not to love about Tales. The drinks are meticulously created, and the atmosphere in lively, with neon lights and banging tunes. TRY the Champagne Papi with tempura.

Bar Termini

Tony Conigliaro has become the dominant name associated with cocktails and bar-located creativity in the capital. He made a name with Bar Termini and has opene Untitled in Hackney this year. Now he is opening Bar Termini Centrale Marylebone with business buddy Marco Arrigo. This time there’s a serious food menu but you can expect the usual high-qual beverages including an Olive Bellini and a bottle-aged bergamot Negroni.

TerminiCocktail Trading Company

The  caused a fuss with The Tod – a whiskey-based cocktail with apple juice, fig liqueur and rooibos tea and served in a hot water bottle at Chrimbo. Can’t see what the fuss is all about myself – nice to have something to cuddle after a drink. But they major on creative and fun cocktails. TRY Toreador no 4, with tequila, apricot sherbet and corn horchata. Crazy. Cocktail Trading Company

69 Colebrooke Row

69CR changed the mould, making cocktails accessible, funky, yet retained that classic vibe. It retains a jazz sensibility and is well presented but is still informal and pushing the envelope. TRY, white almond bellini.


Ryan Chetiyawardana made his name at the White Lyan in Shoreditch bringing cocktail innovation and experimentation to the hipsters and techies. He has created the Dandelyan bar, located in the Mondrian-Sea Containers hotel. Plumb in a lavish marble interior bedecked with pink banquettes and gold hand and stair rails, ‘Mr Lyan’ serves up a cocktail journey of discovery, divided into the categories: cereal, vegetable, mineral and floral. Have your mind blown staring out over the Thames.