There’s never been a better time to head down to London and imbibe an indulgent cocktail or two. In recent years, the bar scene in our capital city has exploded, giving us the gift of some of the best drinking experiences to be found anywhere in the world. In the current list of the World’s 50 Best Bars, London alone occupies an astounding six of the top twenty positions.
However, fancy awards aside, what Winerist really loves is the simple opportunity to enjoy delicious drinks with good company – and we know you do too! The sheer number of venues in the capital city can be a little overwhelming, so to help you along, we’ve compiled a shortlist of some of the coolest, most creative and downright dazzling bars that London has to offer.
The Blind Pig
58 Poland Street, Soho, W1F 7NR
The Social Eating House by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton is loved for its contemporary, stylish bistro menu and informal setting, modestly tucked behind an incongruous door with a pig’s head knocker in the heart of Soho. However, there’s more to this restaurant than meets the eye … venture up to the first floor after lunch and you’ll discover The Blind Pig, the award-winning bar that’s bringing a whole new meaning to some of our best loved children’s stories.
The speakeasy style interior boasts cosy booths and a beautiful burnished copper bar which sets a relaxed, intimate tone. It’s comfortable and cool, but the true superstar is of course the drinks menu, which is inspired by some of our best-loved works of children’s literature. Expect everything from The Chronicles of Narnia to Harry Potter and J.R.R. Tolkien to make an appearance! (Take note, Harry Potter fans, there’s Butterbeer!)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 5-A-Day is well worth a try - a blend of Patron Silver tequila, lime cordial and Sekforde’s tequila mixer (a divine fusion of prickly pear, fig and bitters). Yes please!
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