Dirty Martini - Covent Garden
Close to the theatres and clubs of London’s West End, this bar is located in the Piazza near to the Royal Opera House. With a massive cocktail list and great atmosphere, it’s set in a popular area and Covent Garden tube station is just 3 minutes’ stroll away.
Urban art surrounds you in this trendy Soho venue – and we don’t mean dodgy scrawled graffiti, but installations and exhibits from the the world’s most exciting street and graphic artists. It is regularly changing too so the bar will always offer something new for you to admire every time you visit. You won’t tire of the specialist gin menu either, with 230 different bottles of the stuff on the shelves for you to sample.
La Bodega Negra
Soho was always renowned for its seedy underbelly. But while it may have cleaned up its act in recent years and lost some of its rustic charm, this place still harks back to a bygone era of edgy adventure. La Bodega Negra is nestled within a Soho sex shop - not that this has put off celeb guests such as Kate Moss and Tom Cruise. Live the life of a Hollywood star escaping the public gaze and enjoy a margarita in a darkened corner for a decadent drinking experience.
Mr Fogg's Tavern
This venue is an eccentric drinking venue with an extensive cocktail menu and exotic interiors. Based in Covent Garden in the heart of London, the venue is close to Leicester Square and Covent Garden tube stations. It displays collectables from the travels of iconic British adventurer, Mr. Phileas J. Fogg.
Rum Kitchen - Carnaby Street
Caribbean flavour is the name of the game at this beach shack style cocktail bar and eatery. The mixture of reggae, latin and calypso beats keeps the feel-good atmosphere alive, while drinks enthusiasts will be captivated by the selection of more than 100 varieties of rum.
A place for music lovers, The Social has always turned things up a notch when it comes to the quality of its drinks. This place offers modern ales and an extensive cocktail list, as well as comfort food to keep your energy levels up. For 15 years it’s been a cool watering hole away from the maddening crowds of Oxford Circus, while the superb soundtrack and plethora of events (hip-hop karaoke anyone?) often means that days blur into nights with unexpected ease.
After a lazy afternoon chewing the fat and quaffing wine with friends, sometimes even getting up to order the next round can seem like a bore. Luckily, Fulham’s Cock Tavern lets you save your legs by ordering from one of their vintage telephone booths. This is a place where you feel like you could never outstay your welcome and, with a world-class selection of real ales and wines, you may never want to leave.
A true icon of London’s music venues, The Troubadour has welcomed greats such as Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix to its stage. Still delivering live music most nights of the week, expect stripped-down folk or acoustic music, poetry readings and livelier sounds at weekends. This amazing drinking den even has a fabulous garden draws in the crowds in the summer, while the all-day breakfast is one of the star turns on the menu at the upstairs cafe.