London may not be able to promise sunshine on tap or Latin Lotharios on every corner but it can certainly offer Latin restaurants serving Latin cuisine, Latin bars serving Latin cocktails, and evenings full of the best Latino beats. So, when the dancing mood strikes and those hips are in need of shaking, stick on the Cuban heels and head to one of the best bars and restaurants in London for a night of fun Latino style.
Be it Spanish, Mexican, Columbian, Brazilian or Cuban, London has Latin bars and restaurants to suit all your Latin needs.
By Laura Collins
Image courtesy of Flickr user flydime.
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: Brazilian
West End - A well known bar on London's Latin scene, Guanabara is a Brazilian force to be reckoned with. Open seven nights a week and offering a range of different events and club nights, this popular bar and club is the place to visit for varied lessons in Latino style. Guanabara plays hosts to dance classes, live bands and top DJs that showcase a range of Brazilian sounds. A selection of Brazilian dishes and drinks are also on the Guanabara menu.
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: Latin
Soho - The atmosphere and décor at this central London bar is influenced by a mix of Latin cities, cultures and quarters, which could explain its warm vibe and admirable reputation. Aiming to appeal to those with a similar, lighthearted view on life, Barrio welcomes visitors with exquisite cocktails, food and music. It has a full schedule of DJs and live music, including the popular Roots Brasil night. This fun evening brings Brazilian music, dance and culture to the heart of Soho.
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Cuban
Soho - Sat in the heart of the West End, this Latin bar offers a blend of glamour and 1930s style, emulating the legendary El Floridita in Havana. The popular night spot is known for its entertainment and explodes with Latin beats every weekend. It embraces cabaret, live music and a selection of Latin rhythms, offering a fun, decadent experience. Floridita is also seen as the Latin-American supper club of London and offers a menu of tasty traditional favourites from across Latin America & Cuba.
Kings Cross / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Spanish
Kings Cross - Hidden in a courtyard just minutes from Kings Cross station, Camino is the area's best kept secret. The Spanish style venue allows for all guests to get a Latin fix, be it from the excellent food and drinks, the impressive wine list or the toe tapping beats. Playing everything from Beatnik Funk, spicy Samba and Arabic to Dub, futuristic Bossa Nova and Electro Boogaloo, the music reflects Camino's lively vibe. The bar is great for whiling away the hours and dream of sunnier climes.
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Mexican
Covent Garden - Standing as London's original Mexican cantina, Cafe Pacifico provides guests with a fun evening crammed with everything Mexican. Located in a banana warehouse and boasting an eyecatching wooden bar, this restaurant is popular with those who love Mexican cuisine. From tacos and quesadillas to enchiladas and nachos, the menu offers modern and traditional fare. The impressive list of tequila & cocktails also makes for a great evening, as does the bustling atmosphere and Latin tunes.
Soho / Bar / Club / Cuisine: Latin
Soho - The name says it all really. Bar Salsa embraces salsa, and everything Latino, to the fullest. Offering classes for every level of dancer in the early evening and turning into a club later, it is an excellent venue for those who are passionate about Latin dancing. It plays out a wide range of music, including salsa, meringue and bachata, and offers a menu of South American cuisine, from tapas to traditional mains. It is also open during the day for drinks.
Emporio Sao Paulo
Fulham / Bar / Cuisine: Brazilian
Parson's Green - Emporio Sao Paulo offers a super introduction to the food & culture of Brazil. During the day they offer the best coffee you can find in London while the kids mess around in the playroom. At weekends they offer Brazilian specials like feijoada and live South American music four nights per week. Evoke memories or dreams of Brazil with a glass of Caipirinha and enjoy the sounds of bossa nova, tango and cuban jazz.
Waterloo / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Cuban
Waterloo - Tucked away behind Waterloo Station on the corner of Lower Marsh, Cubana is in an unexpected location. Once found, though, it is a place to return to again and again. The bustling bar offers an excellent line up of Salsa and Latin music. During the week the bar hosts performances from Argentine guitarist, Miguel, and Brazilian DJ, G. Live bands playing Colombian and Cuban sounds feature at the weekends. Cuban food and cocktail jugs can be enjoyed while boogying to the beats.
El Barco Latino Bar & Restaurant
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: Spanish
Temple - Translated into English, El Barco Latino means the Latin Boat. And that's exactly what it is. Well, two, to be exact! Set on two barges, this floating restaurant-cum-nightclub on the Thames is a quiet venue during the day, in a stereotypically romantic location. By night it becomes a Latino musical haven. Boasting four dance floors and playing a mix of Latin rhythms, El Barco Latino is a great location to salsa until the early hours. Dance classes and live music also feature.
Holloway / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Latin
Holloway - Set in a little corner of North London, this South American bar offers the best of everything Latino. The aptly named bar serves up a mix of Latin American cuisine, Latin cocktails and the best in Latin music. With the country's leading Latino DJs and live performers playing a selection of heady rhythms, Latin Corner is a fun venue to enjoy the sounds of everything from salsa to Latin House. Throw in a North London atmosphere and this bar offers a bustling and authentic Latin feel.