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The Platinum List: London Bars

We've teamed up with The Platinum Card® form American Express to unearth London's finest watering holes....

Whoever said an evening need end with dessert? The London bar scene is one of the most effervescent in the world – and that’s before you’ve ordered fizz. We’ve happily scoured the capital, sipping our way through chic hotel bars, experimental cocktail lounges and backstreet dens to bring you the crème de la crème of the city’s drinking establishments. Whether you’re seeking a seductive speakeasy for date night, a jazz-laced saloon for midweek merrymaking or somewhere sophisticated to clinch that business deal, we’ve got you covered.

Nightjar, Shoreditch

A refreshing take on London’s bar scene, Nightjar is located in the heart of Shoreditch. Jazz, blues and swing music provide the soundtrack to evenings filled with trailblazing and small bites.

Call: +44 20 7253 4101
Visit: barnightjar.com
129 City Road
Shoreditch
EC1V 1JB

Lyaness, South Bank

On the ground floor of South Bank’s iconic Sea Containers Hotel, suave design, a marble bar and views across the Thames are complemented by a creative cocktail menu curated by award-winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana.

Call: +44 20 3747 1063
Visit: lyaness.com
20 Upper Ground
South Bank
SE1 9PD

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Bar Termini, Soho

Taking inspiration from Rome’s eponymous train station, Bar Termini is a stalwart of Soho’s heady nightlife scene. Innovative cocktails and beautiful charcuterie boards draw returning patrons time and time again.

Call: +44 7860 945018
Visit: bar-termini-soho.com
7 Old Compton Street
Soho
W1D 5JE

Scout, Dalston

Leading the charge for sustainable nightlife in London, Scout uses foraged ingredients, local produce and house fermentations to make unique cocktails catering to East London’s cool crowd.

Call: +44 20 8985 5128
Visit: scout.bar
224 Graham Road
Dalston
E8 1BP

Swift, Soho

One for traditionalists, Swift specialises in whisky. With more than 250 drams, choose to drink it on the rocks or swirled into a chic cocktail. Come at the weekend for live blues and jazz.

Call: +44 20 7437 7820
Visit: barswift.com
12 Old Compton Street
Soho
W1D 4TQ

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69 Colebrooke Row, Angel

Marked only by a single lantern hanging outside, this unnamed bar has been thrilling in-the-know Londoners for a decade. Dim lighting and film noir decors make 69 perfect for a date.

Call: +44 7540 528 593
Visit: 69colebrookerow.com
69 Colebrooke Row
Angel
N1 8AA

Callooh Callay, Shoreditch

As quirky as the name suggests, choose from dozens of intriguing cocktails at this Lewis Carroll-themed joint. Take your time perusing a menu of Jabberwocky Milk or an Off Duty Relaxer.

Call: +44 20 77394781
Visit: calloohcallaybar.com
65 Rivington Street
Shoreditch
EC2A 3AY

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Opium, Soho

In the heart of vibrant Chinatown, this 1920s cocktail bar brings Shanghai to London. Choose between three oriental-themed bars, each with an individual cocktail menu and a menu of perfect dim sum.

Call: +44 20 7734 7276
Visit: opiumchinatown.com
The Jade Door
15-16 Gerrard Street
Soho
W1D 6JE

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The Gibson, Shoreditch

Housed in an Edwardian building near Old Street, this concept bar fuses art-deco with subtle modernity. Browse the lengthy cocktail menu or make the easy choice – it’s not called The Gibson for nothing.

Call: +44 20 7608 2774
Visit: thegibsonbar.london
44 Old Street
Shoreditch
EC1V 9AQ

Coupette, Bethnal Green

Paris meets East London at seductive Coupette, a bar as coquettish as its name. Exposed-brick walls are offset by leather bar stools, decadent lights and a conceptual cocktail menu which attracts the industry’s finest.

Call: +44 20 7729 9562
Visit: coupette.co.uk
423 Bethnal Green Road
Bethnal Green
E2 0AN

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The Lowdown: The Platinum Card Benefits

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