BARS & CLUBS
68 & Boston
Sophisticated Soho venue with separate cocktail and wine bars. The ground-floor wine bar boasts many lesser-known regions, including Uruguay, and all bottles are just £20. Nightly food menu. www. 68 and boston.com. 5 Greek St, W1D 4DD. T: 020-7287 3713. D7. Station: Leicester Square.
The Bar at Bellamy’s
Cocktails and wines served in a chic setting, which is decorated with vintage ski posters. www.bellamysrestaurant.co.uk. 18/18a Bruton Place, W1J 6LY. T: 020-7491 2727. E6. Station: Oxford Circus.
A taste of Provence in London, this chic bar has a grand vaulted cellar full of fine French wines and pastis, plus the UK’s only indoor pétanque court. www.baranis.co.uk. 115 Chancery Lane, WC2 1PP. T: 020-7242 8373. D9. Station: Chancery Lane.
Booking Office Bar
The ground floor of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel has a 29m-long bar surrounded by cavernous arched ceilings and stone walls dating back to 1873. www.bookingofficebar.com. Euston Rd, NW1 2AR. T: 020-7841 3566. C7. Station: King’s Cross.
This fun music venue at The O2 boasts a 12-lane bowling alley, three bars and a restaurant serving US favourites. www.brooklynbowl.com. The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX. T: 020-7412 8778. Off map. Station: North Greenwich.
At ‘Bring Your Own Cocktail’ pay £25, bring a spirit of your choice and the mixologist will create a drink. You’re advised to book in advance. www.byoc.co.uk. 9-11 Basement, Camden High St, NW1 7JE. T: 0203441 2424. Off map. Station: Mornington Crescent.
Timeless luxury Bellini and cocktail destination with art deco surroundings and excellent service. www.cartizzebar.com. 4 Lancashire Court, W1S 1EY. E6. Station: Bond Street.
Jason Atherton offers spectacular food and drink surrounded by breathtaking views of London. The adjoining restaurant is one of the most talked-about in town, and the bar is also impressive, with its amazing art deco interior and Prohibition-inspired cocktail list. www.citysociallondon.com. Tower 42, 25 Old Broad St, EC2N 1HQ. T: 020-7877 7703. D11. Station: Liverpool Street.
C.O.L.D Bar (The City of London Distillery)
A wonderful well-stocked, retro-styled cocktail bar that overlooks the striking copper stills of the distillery. Tastings, classes and tours – including an Evolution of Gin tour – are available. www.cityof londondistillery.com. 22-24 Bride Lane, EC4Y 8DT. T: 020-7936 3446. D9. Station: Blackfriars.
With deluxe banquettes and a quirky layout, this cocktail bar is a hit with its endless list of martinis. Mon-Sat 4pm-late. Multiple branches. www.dirty martini.uk.com. 10c Hanover Square, W1S 1JH. T: 020-7632 2087. D6. Station: Oxford Circus.