Cocktail bars are iconic places with history and a very gourmet touch, perfect places for gastronomic tourism. That’s why Park Lane Apartment wants to bring you the 7 best cocktail bars in the world, which are in London. Many of the pubs are close to the different apartments we offer around East London.
The mixology capital of Europe in the world is London. On the banks of the Thames, when the daylight fades it is finally time to take refuge in one of the many bars that the British capital hides everywhere. At this time of day, it’s always best to avoid the crowded pubs and indulge your soul by curling up on the plush sofa of one of the cocktail temples that have made London.
In this city, the greatest difficulty in the hedonistic exercise of curling up at the bar to entrust oneself to the spell of the shaker wizards is the sheer diversity of what’s on offer. There are so many cocktails to try in this city and so many places to try them!
As time is always limited, in this metropolis it is advisable to plan your mixological travels on the basis of a list of essential addresses. Where the most creative bartenders who define the trends of the cocktail bar of the future work.
Many of these establishments lead The World’s 50 Best Bars every year. The 2017 edition of this ranking features a total of seven London bars, four of them in the top 10. And here we show you them.
Awarded best bar in the world between 2012 and 2015, according to The World’s 50 Best Bars, the Langham hotel’s cocktail bar is one of the most revered mixological temples. Try the Langham martini, with exclusive vermouths by botanist Ivano Tonutti.
1C Portland Place, Marylebone.
Tel: +44 207 636 1000.
This intimate venue in the heart of Soho is inspired by the historic bar at the Termini railway station in Rome and pays homage to Italian craftsmanship: barista Marco Arrigo serves the best espresso in London and gives special lustre to the country’s aperitivo cocktails. It is in the latter area that bartender Tony Conigliaro excels, serving up six versions of the negroni, a delicious spritz and the exotic marsala martini, among other wonders.
7 Old Compton Street, Soho.
Tel.: +44 786 094 5018
The crazy universe imagined by Jules Verne for his eccentric adventurer Phileas J. Fogg inspires the aesthetics of this unique tavern housed in a 19th century Mayfair residence. The sensational atmosphere and excellent cocktails are the pillars of a successful formula that has led to the opening of a sister establishment, Covent Garden Tavern, which has also recently opened its Gin Parlour.
15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair.
Tel: +44 207 036 0608.
Located in the same hotel as the famous Connaught Bar, it has a less classic but equally exquisite aesthetic, designed by interior designer India Mahdavi, who is responsible for the purple upholstery of the antique armchairs. Its impressive menu combines a wide selection of champagnes and wines from around the world – note the encyclopaedic range of Jerez generosos – with a list of classic cocktails that hedonistically summarises 300 years of history in the art of drinking.
The Connaught Hotel. Carlos Place, Mayfair.
Tel: +44 207 499 7070.
The bar that tops The World’s 50 Best Bars 2017 ranking has been a must-visit destination for more than 125 years. Erik Lorincz and Declan McGurk have managed to keep it on the crest of the wave, executing classics and offering themed menus. Some of their cocktails are made with vintage distillates, hence the hefty price tag, such as the sazerac with 1858 Sazerac de Forge, 1950 Pernod Absinthe and Peychaud’s aged bitters.
The Savoy Hotel. 100 Strand, Covent Garden.
Tel: +44 207 836 4343.
Its status as an almost secret establishment and its unusual setting (which reproduces a 1940s London Underground station with a carriage housing the tables and bar) are the main attractions of this establishment, which fills to capacity in the blink of an eye every evening, so it is advisable to book in advance. The house’s forte is vintage post-war cocktails, served in mugs and other quaint vessels.
3 Kingly Court, Carnaby.
Tel: +44 207 352 6200.
At the discreet Dukes Hotel, master bartender Alessandro Palazzi expertly concocts the world’s best dry martinis, judged by a few experts on the cocktail James Bond preferred “mixed, not shaken”. The experienced bartender prepares several versions, although perhaps the most perfect is with Nº3 gin provided by Berry&Bros (the oldest liquor and wine shop in London), dry vermouth and a twist of lemon peel. Reservations are essential.
Dukes Hotel. 35 St. James’s Place, Mayfair.
Tel: +44 207 491 4840.