Cocktail lounges are a great choice when you’re planning almost any event, largely for their ability to suit a myriad of different occasions, be they private or corporate in nature. Central London in particular has a wide range to choose from, so we’ve narrowed it down to highlight some of the very best to hopefully make your decision a little easier.
37 Jewry, named for its address in Aldgate and found just a couple of minutes from the station of the same name, is an ideal choice if you want your event to have a touch of luxury. This City of London champagne and cocktail bar is housed within a historic building, and the characterful exposed brickwork is cleverly offset with bold and extravagant décor with striking colours, patterns and designs that bring a sense of both fun and exclusivity. Despite the intimate feel, the capacity is in fact a generous 300.
The younger sister of Westminster’s Cinnamon Club, Anise Bar is a cool City venue with sleek, modern design that includes seductive lighting, comfy leather banquettes and exotic fabrics. On the menu, alongside cocktails of course, is a great choice of sharing snacks that feature the signature blends of spices that helped to make its sister such a popular venue, and which are sure to assist in this one promptly following suit. As for getting there, Aldgate East and Liverpool Street tube stations can both be reached in just 5 minutes.
This quirky underground bar found within the secret vaults of The Rio Cinema on the popular Kingsland Road is brimming with charm courtesy of ironically kitsch décor, 90s tunes that are sure to get everyone up and dancing, and even cocktails served in teapots. A dance area provides plenty of space for letting loose, whilst the photo booth and dressing up props will ensure that you create plenty of lasting memories of the night. The capacity allows for somewhat more intimate gatherings of 80, with the nearest tube stop being Dalston Kingsland.
Simply a must for any gin lovers out there, Graphic Bar has an incredible selection of a whopping 300 varieties to choose from; like a Willy Wonka factory for gin! Partial and full hire are available, allowing for parties that range anywhere between 20 and 220. The kitchen, open until 10pm, serves sharing plates, canapes and bowl foods perfect for parties, whilst DJs and a late licence mean the night is sure to be one to remember. Piccadilly Circus station can be reached in just a few minutes, keeping you well connected to the wider city.
Located in the heart of Mayfair, TRAMP has played home to music veterans, acting legends and showbiz personalities since 1969, never losing its enviable allure. Renowned for being unique in London’s nightlife, today the private members club, restaurant and cocktail bar is the go-to haunt of the nation’s fashion capital.