Some of London's Best Cocktail Bars You Have to Visit
Although summer is basically over and the hibernation period is approaching, London has some of the best bars where you can sip on a well-deserved cocktail whilst watching a beautiful autumnal sunset or hide away from the hustle and bustle of the city as it approaches prime tourist season. Many would argue against the idea of going outside as the warmth fades and the crisp air comes forward, however you will not regret leaving the warmth of your room to visit these.
Located on ‘20 Fenchurch Street’ in the middle of London’s financial district, this bar provides you with the most stunning 360° view of the city. The perfect place to sip on some of their signature cocktails as the sun sets over the gorgeous city, giving you the perfect view of London’s icons such as the Shard, Monument and Tower Bridge. The bar reminds me more of a stunning botanic garden in the sky, giving you the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the town below. If you’re in the mood for dinner the building also hosts the Fenchurch Restaurant, Darwin Brasserie or the Sky Pod Bar if you want more of a city feel.
If you have friends visiting from out of town or if you’re visiting London for the first time, you just have to visit Cahoots! This hidden bar, located in Kingly Court just off of Carnaby Street is themed to look and feel like 1940’s in-war England. Not only are the glasses shaped like British Soldier busts but the staff also look and sound as though you are on the London Underground during the rationing period. With authentic cocktails and an astonishing variety of gin, this bar is definitely worth the visit.
This bar has been all the rage in London as of late, gone are the days of a classic bar as a sweep of themed bars have taken over the city and this is one of them. The Alchemist is located again in the heart of London on St Martin’s Lane but also has a couple other branches around the UK including Manchester and Leeds. This popular spot serves innovative and unique cocktails presented as though you’re in a chemist’s laboratory with some that you mix in test tubes. If you want a novelty cocktail bar to try out on a date night try their Colour Changing One!
Alto by San Carlo at Selfridges
Alto is another stunning rooftop bar with a very different feel. Located on the rooftop of one of London’s most iconic department stores in the centre of Oxford Street, this bar will make you feel like you’re in an Italian garden. With a stunning lemon branch arch display at the entrance, this bar will keep giving you summer vibes throughout the cooler months.
Manhattan has moved to London! This rooftop bar is a little breezier than Sky Garden but there’s no warming up that an Old Fashioned can’t do. Located in the St. Paul’s areas of London, this Manhattan-style bar perfectly contrasts the historical scene that it overlooks providing you with the perfect post work or shopping drink setting. There are also frequent live DJ sets weather permitting or live music to create the perfect late night, New York ambiance with the City skyline. Madison also has a restaurant which you can pop into if you want to grab lunch or dinner instead.
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