Whether you are looking for a new place to enjoy a beer with a colleague or a new fancy destination to take your friends for evening cocktails, Urbanologie has compiled a list of some of London’s best new bars to enjoy classic drinks.
It’s one of the most enviable perches on the South Bank, with commanding views of Parliament, St Paul’s and The City, the innovative look by London-based designer Jacu Strauss, previously of Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio, encompasses the transatlantic essence that runs throughout the hotel. The outside terrace space provides a perfect opportunity to watch the sunset, drink in hand.
The room takes playful inspiration from the roaring Twenties and its famous Bright Young Things (a voracious pleasure-seeking group of bohemian aristocrats and socialites). Think splashes of hot pink and peacock blue with foliage (mimicking the heady summers in the Hamptons). A reinvigorated drinks list from Head Barman, Idris Conti sits alongside an extensive list of the world’s best champagnes and a menu offering a selection of American and British themed small plates, like ‘Bourbon Glazed Pork Belly Skewer’ or ‘Seasonal Vegetable Crudité’.
Dickie’s Bar features cocktails created by leading mixologist Gregory J Buda, from the award-winning bar The Dead Rabbit in New York – voted best bar in the world at this year Worlds Best Bars awards – showcasing a supply of produce coming from the organic farms and gardens Virgina Park Lodge in Ireland and artisan suppliers, with drinks inspired by both American and Irish drinking and cocktail culture.
The bar has its own separate identity (and entrance) from the 100-cover Corrigan’s and feature additional covers to the restaurant’s present bar. The interior features inspired with the hunting lodge character (synonymos with Corrigan’s Mayfair) include lashings of polished wood, leather banquettes, and charcoal and silver wallpaper with a marble top bar – creating an elegent and refined setting to enjoy drinks that focus on Irish whiskeys and scotch, and English gins and vermouths.
Step inside to an airy standing bar inspired by the sweeping style of Joseff Hoffman and the Art Nouveau era. The drinks menu has a succinct list of aperitifs focussing on martinis accompanied by a selection of small plates – the perfect place for those looking to fit in a ‘swift’ drink.
Head to the more ‘decadent comfort’ downstairs bar, which hosts live piano music, offers table service – altogether at a far slower pace. Sink into one of the Art Deco sofas and order one of the drinks which lean more towards darker spirits (served with a contemporary twist) or choose from a refined whisky library which showcases (over 130) affordable drams.
Located on Old Compton Street, Swift is the brainchild of four of London’s best-known bar personalities: cocktail duo Bobby Hiddleston (previously at New York’s Dear Rabbit) and Mia Johansson, who used to tend bar at London’s Callooh Callay and Milk & Honey, plus husband-and-wife team Edmund Weil and Rosie Stimpson, who operate London’s Nightjar and Oriole bars.
Enter through a street-side liquor store, on Kingsland Road, which stocks a selection of over 1,000 liquors – and everything stocked in the liquor store is available to enjoy in the subterranean cocktail bar at a special ‘drink-in’ price. Regulars are encouraged to create their own private liquor collection in one of the many ‘Deposit Boxes’.
The bar menu comprises of four different ‘journeys’ each including four cocktails embodying a dedicated era and are accompanied by small plates of food, selected to complement the specific characteristics of each drink.
Historic jail cells housed within the bar (remnants from the building’s use as a police station in the 19th Century) are the ideal atmospheric alcoves for the hosted tasting experiences.
The 35-seat ground floor cocktail bar (which sits over two floors) serves a rotational menu of 10 cocktails, five house ferments and five beers and a selection of natural wines alongside bar snacks, made using only seasonal and foraged British produce, created from leftover ingredients to reduce waste. Expect decor that’s pared-back and natural, with a selection of artisan vessels including glassware and ceramics sourced from Japan and Turkey.
The site also features a ten-seater Laboratory, which offers a cocktail menu that changes daily to include new creations currently in development. The room is also available for private hire, cocktail classes and other events. Open: Monday to Saturday: 5pm – 12am.