The Best Bars in London

by James Stevenson

London has some of the best nightlife in the UK and Europe. It has a far more diverse offering than any other British city thanks to it being a huge melting pot of cultures and the fact that it has the youngest population in the country.

Among this nightlife is a wide selection of great bars, catering to almost every taste. If you’re heading to the city for a night out, these are some of the best bars to try.

Sager + Wilde

Located on Hackney Road, Sager + Wilde is a wine bar with a trendy vibe but with a price that won’t break the bank. It’s in the premises of the former British Lion pub, but it feels more like a Parisian wine bar today.

You can enjoy its wide selection of wines by the bottle or the glass, along with a selection of beautifully prepared dishes that will pair perfectly.

If you’re visiting from elsewhere, you can buy more bottles of any wine you enjoyed through Sager + Wilde’s website and have them delivered anywhere in the UK.

If Hackney Road is not convenient for you to get to, they have also opened bars in Paradise Row and Cellar Raid.

Boozy Tea Room – Hippodrome

The Hippodrome, located in the heart of the West End, is a one-stop-shop of entertainment. Its primary function is a casino, with a large gaming floor packed with all the most popular table games. There’s also a mezzanine lined with state of the art slot machines, and a dedicated poker room which hosts live events like the PokerStars UK and Ireland Poker Tour.

Away from the casino is the Magic Mike Live show, a 360-degree spectacle personally created by Channing Tatum that combines dance and acrobatics that Metro newspaper described as “red-hot magic”.

After you’ve played in the casino or enjoyed the Magic Mike show, you can head to the Boozy Tea Room for some refreshments. Its drinks menu is filled with tea-infused cocktails and other popular classics. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are five more bars to choose from, including the Havana Club Terrace and the Heliot Cocktail Bar.

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Murder Inc

It may seem like an odd choice for the name of a bar at first, but it fits this gangster-themed bar perfectly. It has a Prohibition-era speakeasy vibe, helped by its basement location, giving your night out a bit of an edgy feel. Adding to this theme, you’ll find photos of criminals lining the walls and its low lighting.

Cocktails are a fair price too, especially for Central London where you can sometimes need a second mortgage for a night out. If you get there before 7 PM, you can take advantage of the happy hour menu where you’ll find plenty of classic cocktails for just £6.

Murder Inc can be found at 36 Hanway Street, between Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus tube stations.

No29 Power Station West

Battersea Power Station has been an iconic part of London’s skyline for decades. While it sat unused and unloved for many years, it’s been given a new lease of life with development work that’s turning it into an office and residential space.

This has helped it to become a very trendy part of the city, especially since Apple announced it would be opening its London HQ there.

In anticipation of this, many trendy bars have opened up in and around there. One of the best of these new watering holes is No29 Power Station West. It’s open all day, serving coffee, brunch, lunch, and dinner while giving you spectacular views over the river.

Whether you’re eating or not, you can enjoy its wide selection of cocktails, beers, wines, and “modern soft drinks”.

It’s a little more pricy than some of the other options on this list, but the vibe and views make it worthwhile.

No matter what your taste and budget, these bars are great options for any night out in the capital.