Best London Bars For Every Occasion

Whether you're meeting friends in the pub after a hectic week or are celebrating a milestone with a special someone, there is a bar in London for EVERY occasion… and then about a million more.

We couldn't possibly list all of our recommendations (drink responsibly, everyone). But here are a few of our favourites:

Sneaky after work drinks

Freud

Image: Freud London

Image: Freud London

Remember those magazine articles that advised women how to take a look from boardroom to dance-floor (hint: apply lipstick)?  Freud’s “look” is similar but in bar form…

During the day, this industrial-chic basement locale serves soups, sandwiches and (excellent) coffee.  It’s also the perfect spot for a cocktail at the end of a long week (or a particularly taxing Wednesday). Delicious and reasonably priced.

 

And when those quiet Friday drinks turn into something a little less low-key…

Archer Street

Image: Archer Street

Image: Archer Street

Image: Archer Street

Image: Archer Street

This Soho gem boasts a cocktail for every occasion in its main Cocktail Lounge and season-changing second bar. The Cocktail Lounge is furnished in comfy sofas and sophisticated barstools. The lounge has a country club vibe, imbued in soft candlelight and decorated with large floral arrangements. Added bonus: when things get a little rowdy, the Archer Street staff will lead you in song, entertaining the punters until the wee hours.

 

Over winter, the Piste Bar was a G&T favourite. Comfortable fur-lined chairs enhance an après-ski vibe. But get in quick, as Piste Bar is soon to be transformed into the Myki Sand Bar, a Greek Islands style beach club. It will be the perfect place to get ready for our May Bank Holiday in Mykonos! OPA!

Romantic evening for two

Piano Bar Kensington

Image: Piano Bar Kensington

Image: Piano Bar Kensington

Image: Piano Bar Kensington

Image: Piano Bar Kensington

Piano Bar Kensington is a gorgeous spot for date-night. But do keep in mind, while the low lighting and intimate tables lend themselves to leaning in and whispering sweet nothings, it can get quite busy. Booking ahead is recommended.

So if the movie La La Land has inspired you to experience the jazz world, head to Piano Bar 6-11.30pm Tuesday through Thursday; from 6pm-midnight Friday and Saturday; and from 8.30-11.30pm on ‘Jazz Sundays’ for ivory-tinkling that will put Gosling to shame.

Nostalgia

Little Nan’s Bar

Little Nan's Bar

So Shoreditch it hurts.  Little Nan’s bar offers 90’s nostalgia (pick-n-mix popcorn and walls covered floor to ceiling in posters) at their Rio Bar in Dalston. Then for an afternoon “tea” at your nan’s house (floral soft furnishings and gin in tea-cups) try the Broadway Theatre Saloon in Catford. Little Nan’s is a travelling cocktail bar and the pop-up closes May 1st, so get moving before you miss all the fun. 

(Not so) Quiet Sunday afternoon

The Cross Keys

Image: The Cross Keys

Image: The Cross Keys

This Chelsea classic is a newly refurbished historic pub. It has a warm, cozy atmosphere and if you’re an animal lover, staff are very welcoming to dogs. The wine list is extensive and the bartender makes a mean Bloody Mary. Great for a long lazy roast.

Madison

Image: Madison London

Image: Madison London

As the weather warms and sun shines through the London clouds, you will love this rooftop beauty. With panoramic views over the city and St. Paul’s cathedral, it’s one of London’s best rooftop restaurants. Blow away the cobwebs and spend a Sunday afternoon munching truffle fries and sipping a delicious cocktail (the Hot Bitch Martini tastes as good as it sounds).

Birthday boogie

XOYO

Image: XOYO London

Image: XOYO London

It’s home to one of the most sought after residency spots for up-and-coming DJs, so if you like to dance XOYO is a great pick for you. As well as their weekly regulars, their events are varied and offer something for everyone, from deep house sessions to Beyoncé extravaganzas. It’s location is also super convenient- right next to Old Street Station in the heart of Shoreditch.

Entertaining a tourist

Mr Fogg’s

Image: Mr Fogg's Residence

Image: Mr Fogg's Residence

Mr. Fogg’s Residence is the perfect spot to take visitors who want to have a “real English” experience. The Victorian style gin bar combines themed décor, costumed barmen and lots of bric-a-brac and serves one of the best negronis in London. Drinks, like the whole establishment are ‘explorer’ themed. While the main residence is located in Mayfair, there are also the Covent Garden Gin Parlour and the Tavern on St Martin’s Lane. Take your pick!

Beverages and brainstorming

Shoreditch House

When we get together to make the magic happen for #GTWKNDS we like to do it in style. A home office is great, but why not be inspired by your surrounds, and get to work in a venue that matches your ethos and creative vibe? For brainstorming sessions, post-trip debriefs and email marathons it’s hard to beat Shoreditch House. While it is a members’ club, if you’re on The Guest List, you could join us on the rooftop for our Winter Bookings Launch Party!

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