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.
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
129 City Road
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
20 Upper Ground
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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
7 Old Compton Street
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
224 Graham Road
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
12 Old Compton Street
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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
69 Colebrooke Row
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
65 Rivington Street
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
The Jade Door
15-16 Gerrard Street
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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
44 Old Street
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
423 Bethnal Green Road
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The Lowdown: The Platinum Card Benefits
Now you know where to find the best tables in town, why not take the experience one step further? With a Platinum Card in hand, you can enjoy perks such as meeting your culinary heroes, behind-the-scenes kitchen tours or a complimentary drink. Perfect for spontaneous dining or a well-planned celebration, Cardmembers have access to specially reserved tables across London – book yours at the click of a button through the Amex App, or give your 24-hour Concierge a call.
One for the road
Platinum Cardmembers won’t ever have to worry about having one glass too many – in fact, for them, getting from A to B has never been more rewarding. Simply book with Addison Lee and receive a £10 monthly statement credit when you charge your ride to your Platinum Card. You’ll save time, money and arrive in style.
Travel. Eat. Repeat.
Food tastes better when enjoyed with those you care about, and the same goes for travel too. That’s why Cardmembers can step out with confidence, knowing that they, their partners and dependents are protected by Worldwide Travel Insurance. What’s more, The Platinum Card covers under 25s embarking on a gap year, keeping the next generation of travellers safe as they set off on their own adventures.
An extra slice
If a party without cake is just a meeting, then what’s spending without a little sweetener? For every £1 spent on your Platinum Card, you earn a Membership Rewards® point, which can later be used to cover any purchase made on it. Additionally, you’ll receive a welcome bonus of 30,000 points when you spend £4,000 in the first three months of Platinum Cardmembership. More is… more.
For more information and to apply for The Platinum Card, click here. Annual fee £575. Terms and Conditions apply.
If you’d prefer a Card without any rewards, other features or a Cardmembership fee, an alternative is available – the Basic Card. Applicants must be 18 or over. Approval is subject to status, and Terms and Conditions apply.
Full details of the travel protection benefits currently available can be found in the Terms and Conditions at americanexpress.co.uk/platinuminsurance. Terms and Conditions apply to all Membership Rewards points earnings and redemptions. Promoter American Express Services Europe Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.