London is world-renowned for its vibrant nightlife and diverse range of bars. You can relax in an intimate basement bar, sample the drinks menu at a prestigious hotel, then party like its ‘99 all in the same night.
Cocktail bars are no different. From small and atmospheric, to cool and creative, we asked three gin experts to recommend only the best cocktail bars in London.
Recommended by Lawrence Mason, Co-Founder of BTW Tonic
Anyone looking for an intimate setting to enjoy a cocktail or two should look no further than Knowhere Special on Kentish Town Road.
A basement bar hidden behind a secretive entrance, expect a search to find it. However, when you do, you will discover exquisite cocktails matched with unusual snacks. (We’re talking bread and pastries!)
It’s no wonder this little gem has frequently been voted as one of the best cocktail bars in London; its charming atmosphere, quirky drinks menu and friendly bartenders will completely win you over.
Lawrence’s cocktail recommendation: “I love a Bee’s Knees – spicy gin with honey and lemon.”
Swift, Every Cloud and Three Sheets
Recommended by Emma Stokes, Chief of World Gin Day and blogger at Gin Monkey
Located on Old Compton Street in Soho, Swift is frequently rated five stars for good reason. Dimly light and atmospheric at the bottom, modern and bright at the top, the bar serves up a vast menu of cocktails, each with exquisite presentation. Be sure to ask your cocktail waiter for recommendations; they will be happy to assist.
There’s more than a few gin cocktails available on Every Cloud’s menu. If seaweed and chilli sounds like a disastrous combination, trust you’re in capable hands with their ‘You Can’t Bramble The Truth’ cocktail. The connoisseurs have mixed it with gin, blackberry and sour flavours to mellow the flavour.
For those with less adventurous taste, opt for a House Fruit Cup or Monthly Old Fashioned instead. You will be impressed.
Three Sheets has a masterful disguise. On one hand, it’s a coffee shop selling all manners of espresso and, on the other, it’s a cool cocktail bar. Don’t be fooled by this, however. Three Sheets specialises in cocktails; it’s weekly rotating menu will ensure you are never bored.
69 Colebrooke Row
Recommended by Ed Godden, Co-Founder of The Travelling Gin Co
Have you ever wanted to drink a cocktail like you’re in a film noir epic? Well, now you can with 69 Colebrooke Row. Simply pass through the stunning door design and descend into this award-winning cocktail bar located in Islington. The interior blends 1950s Italian Café style with a classic film atmosphere so pull up a chair, kick back and pretend you are on set.
The menu boasts an intriguing variety of cocktails, each with ingredients developed at a local research and development laboratory. We’re talking Nettle Gin, White Almond Purée, Puerh Tea Syrup … to name a few. It’s the perfect place to lose yourself for a night.
69 Colebrooke Row, London, N1 8AA Rated 4.5/5
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