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.
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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.
Las Iguanas The O2
Greenwich / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: South American
Latin America is represented by a fair amount of restaurants in the dome, but none are quite as colourful and quirky as Las Iguanas. The decor, the cocktails, and the staff are all buzzy and full of life. The Latin-inspired menu - which has recipes from the 16th century apparently - brings together the spicy worlds of Spanish, Portuguese, African and Latin American cuisine. The ingredients are all carefully sourced too, with the restaurant boasting GM free food and quality ingredients.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: South American
Mendoza Square is a bustling Latin American bar and restaurant in Clapham North, serving street food, cocktails, wines and beers. With a passion for food and drink, the team behind Mendoza Square provide a warm Latino welcome. The venue has a passion for the continent - its cultures, music and lifestyle - and guides customers through a culinary tour of Latin American street food.
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