Beyond the façade of giant chains and branded venues, London is home to some truly fantastic bars, perfect for hosting all kinds of get togethers if only you know where to find them. Here are some of the very best.
Grand Union Chancery Lane is a boudoir style venue with a warm and welcoming atmosphere courtesy of its ‘vintage with a twist’ finish – Grand Union’s signature style. There are two floors of space available in all, allowing for a total capacity of 210 (or 125 if dining). The top floor ‘Library’ is the ideal space to gather with friends over good food and drinks, whilst downstairs you will find the ‘Gallery’ complete with everything you need for a top night, including a DJ Booth, a dance floor and a cocktail bar.
A nightclub, a bar, a live music venue, and a flexible private event space; The Scotch of St James has been welcoming guests for a myriad of occasions since 1965. Having hosted everything from album launches to Christmas parties, they can turn their hand to pretty much anything; an adaptability that is bolstered by the stylish décor and relaxed vibe. Well connected, the nearest transport links – Green Park and Piccadilly Circus tube stops – can both be reached in little over five minutes.
For a flavour of the exotic without having to leave London, The Rum Kitchen is a Caribbean inspired beach shack that serves as a restaurant and cocktail bar. Encapsulating the vibrant spirit of the West Indies, there are several spaces as well as hidden cellars that are home to more than 100 varieties of rum. Authentic music from resident DJs completes the feel-good energy, with reggae, Latin, Calypso and Afro-Funk beats sure to get everyone on their feet and letting loose.
Found in the heart of the ever-popular area of Shoreditch, The Hopscotch Drinking Den is full of immersive charm and character, with extensive exposed brickwork bringing that quintessential old-school London feel. An intimate space for just 60 people, it’s perfect for more low-key gatherings with your nearest and dearest, all of whom are sure to enjoy the selection of champagne and cocktails. The nearest rail link is Shoreditch High Street, which is within easy walking distance.
The Caipirinha Bar is the perfect place to while away the hours with friends whilst enjoying deliciously tempting tropical cocktails including Batidas and, of course, their namesake Caipirinhas – Brazil’s national cocktail. A must for those who love a good bargain, you can get 2 for 1 drinks on selected cocktails during Happy Hour, which runs from 12-7pm and 10pm-close every day. Just two minutes from Brixton station, it’s well placed for those travelling from throughout the city.