Oslo is one of East London’s best known live music venues, but it is also home to a chic bar and gastro-pub style restaurant in the heart of Hackney Central. In a re-developed railway archway, Oslo’s design palette is made up of natural tones, wood furnishings and fabric drapings against exposed brick. This familiar Nordic aesthetic offers the perfect atmosphere for a pre-gig drink or meal with friends.
Down in the basement of Wright Brothers in South Kensington you'll find polished wood, intimate dark leather booths and a lone neon mermaid sitting in a cocktail glass. While mermaids are typically associated with perilous events such as floods, storms and shipwrecks, here, The Mermaid is a hidden speakeasy specialising in an abundance of fresh oysters and an enticing collection of cocktails.
The Hill Station, hidden away in Tooting’s Broadway Market could be the smallest bar in South West London with only 12 seats inside, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in style, innovation and charm.
Take a derelict Smithfield warehouse, add a handful of Cuban coffee, a pinch of Mojito, and a splash of Cuban cuisine… and you’ve got Cubana Smithfield.
With a great mix of live Salsa music on Thursday and Friday nights, there is no better place to get stuck into lush tropical cocktails and authentic Cuban food to get your weekend started.
The fit out at Ask For Janice is a hodge podge of the London hip and trendy, with reclaimed vintage furniture and a distressed industrial-chic vibe. Love or hate the ‘hipness’ of it, this all day restaurant and bar is a great little gem by Smithfield Market, adding to the budding restaurant scene in Farringdon.
Taking a nod from New York’s low-lit neighbourhood hangouts, Silk Stockings is an intimate, inviting cocktail bar designed for relaxed yet stylish evenings out, with its leather booths, copper-topped tables and even taxidermy touches here and there.
The stylish Bury Court, situated at the base of the gaping glassed gherkin boasts high ceilings and large windows so you can watch the City world go by.
House of Wolf is so 10 minutes ago… The Dead Dolls Club have moved into the house and it’s a beautiful labyrinth of intricate design and detail serving up a sharp menu of stellar cocktails
The Playboy Club is one of those great novelties of London, that you know exists, but wait for a reason to actually go. Well stop waiting because what you think is just another London institution is actually a great bar to hide out in on Park Lane, and enjoy some stellar cocktails; and the best bit… they now offer afternoon tea.
The CTC Development Bar & Table is the brainchild of award-winning bartenders Andy Mil, Elliot Ball and Olly Brading, co-owners of The Cocktail Trading Co (clients include The London Cocktail Club and Steam & Rye). The CTC Development Bar & Table serve a constantly changing menu of experience-led cocktails alongside trial dishes from Central & Co, the upstairs’ brasserie.
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