We all know that the beauty of London is the combination of so many different styles and vibes. If you want chilled you will find chilled, if you want a party you will find a party, if you want smart, you will find smart. London has a great amount of very nice bars whether it is the decor, the drinks, the food or - like most- all three combined together. Check out our list of London's best smart bars below. Additionally click here and select smart bars to see the complete list of bars we have reviewed and click here and select smart bars to see our top smart bars in London.
Nightjar is one special bar! Not quite a speakeasy but we would still say it is a secret bar. If you don’t know, you’ll walk past it without taking notice. However there is a small queue and a bouncer outside which reveals its location. But once in The Nightjar has vibe making you feel extra special and everyone goes there for one reason: to see and experience the cocktails they have heard so much about! still don’t believe us? go check out their instagram! Click here to see our review of The Nightjar.
This bar has been named after Gerald Scarfe, a British artist that has marked and continues to mark history. You might remember his art work for the Pink Floyd’s album or recognise his animation for the film. Well, all of his original pieces can be found in Scarfes Bar. He focused his career and art on the British culture: the royal family, politicians, artists and even David Beckham are featured in this room. Mr Scarfe describes this place as his ‘personal art gallery’, he’s been painting on the walls and canvases all around. Click here to see our review of Scarfes Bar.
It is important to start by mentioning that The Connaugth Bar has been elected as the best bar in the World in 2017. So as you can imagine, they have worked extremely hard to tick all the boxes to make this cocktail bar perfect. As the master mixologist describes, The Connaught was thought to create a fine drinking experience. The decor, obviously, is a big part of it, or at least as big as the actual tasting part. Click here to see our review of The Connaught Bar.
If you like cocktails, travelling in time and discovering new places, look no further. Mr Fogg’s will not fail to surprise you. Click here to see our review of Mr Fogg’s.
Purl Cocktail Bar
First of all, we like the fact that this was one of the firsts! One that would have been part of the speakeasy movement in London. Credits to them for being part of that! Then, the décor is great: it feels like what the old days in London would have been like: brick walls, dimmed lights, leather chesterfields, low tables and low ceilings. This venue was just made to host some delightful live jazz music to help set this vintage vibe going on. A romantic date or a catch up with some friends, you will find a bit of both in this secret little gem. Click here to see our review of Purl.
Sushi Samba is THE London culinary experience and it all starts right at the bottom. If you are scared of heights, this might not be ideal: one thing is sure, you will get an adrenaline kick from stepping into the glass elevator that takes you up to the 38th floor of the Heron Tower. The whole restaurant has a breath-taking view on the whole city thanks to its large windows. Click here to see our review of Sushi Samba.
Momo’s is an Algerian venue that includes a delicious restaurant, a typical Algerian decorated café with a beautiful terrace where you can enjoy some local mint tea and of course a bar located in the basement. Whichever you decide to go to (if not all three in an afternoon), you will find some kind of magic as soon as you walk in. Momo’s makes you forget you are in central London or in the UK. It’s decoration has all been brought from North Africa and it is so homely, cosy and stylish. Click here to see our review of Momo.
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings
The Bourne and Hollingworth has a lot to offer: a bar with delicious cocktails, the restaurant divided into the greenhouse and the garden room, a café, a private dining room, a private kitchen and a club….. Well they basically have everything for everyone! All apart from ‘below & hidden’ their club, are decorated in a very similar way: a lot of white and a lot of green! It is so airy, comfortable, pretty yet very minimalist. Click here to see our review of Bourne & Hollingsworth.
Perched on the 9th floor just a few minutes away from Old Street, The Aviary over-looks his next door neighbour: the City. The complement of their beautiful rooftop terrace and astonishing view is exactly what a city aviary would look like! Click here to see our review of Aviary
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
Jimi Hendrix’s last public performance took place at Ronnie Scott’s in 1970! If that’s not enough to get you there, we don’t know what will! And that says a lot on this special jazz bar. Very romantic and sexy ambiance, this place is ideal for a (very) nice date. Live jazz and fancy drinks, how could you ever have a bad experience? Click here to see our review of Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.