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Top 10 Best Cocktail Bars In London

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If you have, like us, an insatiable appetite for cocktails, then you’ll be on the hunt for London's best cocktail bars. Fluid London done a bit of detective work and come up with a Top 10 guide the best cocktail bars in London, which we will update as often as we disover new and exciting cocktail bars across the capital. Cocktail bars for birthdays in central London; Shoreditch cocktail bars for meeting friends before hitting the club trail; hotel cocktail cars for impressing on a hot date; underground, basement cocktail bars to hide in; West End cocktail bars for a quick pre-theatre loosener; after work cocktail bars for entertaining clients; cocktail bars where mixologists and barstaff take cocktail creation more seriously than probably their own health; cocktail bars with epic views across London; romantic cocktail bars for cuddling couples; we could go on, but let's just get on with the drinking hey?

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Conceived as a cure for the overcrowded, overexcited masses that spill into London in search of something nobody really knows about, The Nightjar is a cocktail bar and live music venue hiding in plain sight along City Road flanked by cafes. The air is discreet and effortlessly stylish, The Nightjar is a tribute to the spirit of a speakeasy in another generation. A menu including the 24 Volt Cobbler (a specialty cocktail) is available to any and all who may stride through the door for a classy night. Play your cards right and you can stumble onto live music; special events; or even that elusive sense of worth that you rarely glimpse in today's glitzy traps. Best Cocktail: New Orleans Fizz

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London Bridge & Bermondsey
Bar / Restaurant

Aqua Shard cocktail bar on the 31st floor of The Shard offers one of the most breathtaking and romantic views of the London skyline. Apart from the main dining room and private event spaces, the highlight must be the stunning three-storey high, all-day atrium cocktail bar, which you are welcome to use without reservations, just turn up! Their cocktail list is divided into helpful sections such as Classic Cocktails, Signature Cocktails, Best of British Cocktails, Bellinis, By the Glass Wine and Champagne, and Bottles of Wine.

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West End
Bar / Hotel

This hotel cocktail bar on the Strand in the heart of London offers elegance and glamour. Not far from Covent Garden, the bar is perfect to complete a night of theatre. In the decadent Art Deco style, the bar is all about champagne, cocktails and cabaret. Champagne is definitely the best, offering the vastest choice in London, including rarities as Louis Roederer and Cristal. This bar has been home for many celebrities: Carol Gibbons, the Savoy Orpheans and George Gershwin. The bar's historical tradition of cabaret and music still continues to this day: nightly live entertainment and monthly evenings of cabaret and burlesque should not be missed.

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Bar / Hotel

This hotel cocktail is located in fabulous Mayfair, with a discreet entrance on stylish Mount Street. This venue is a 21st century interpretation of the Edwardian original. It mixes traditional with innovation, with exquisite Art Deco finishings and modern fixtures. The bar serve drinks such as the superb Connaught Martini, until 1am. It is the ideal venue to organise birthdays, cocktail parties, business drinks and networking events, but also to enjoy an elegant night of sipping lovely cocktails in style.

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Two top bartenders from the Nightjar and the Connaught bar have combined to open this elegant and cosy bar which aims to celebrate the classic Gibson cocktail. The cocktail combines classics alongside original cocktails inspired by seasonal ingredients. Every detail is carefully planned including special cocktail receptacles for each individual drinks. It is a welcoming bar that celebrates the heritage of the great cocktail eras. As well as drinks, they also offer a fine selection of cigars and sharing boards.

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West End

Put down the cosmopolitan and step away from that mojito, because there's a whole world of cocktails out there! London's Experimental Cocktail Club - secretly nestled in the heart of the West End's Chinatown - is the place to head in order to expand your cocktail boundaries, with exciting concoctions on offer every night of the week. A low-key speakeasy, the Experimental Cocktail Club import from France has quirky decor, fantastic cocktails (obviously) and a wondrous 3am license. With more than a dash of its Parisian counterpart about it, the bar's black leather lounge sofas, exposed brickwork and low level lighting make the ECC a hip hangout.

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This cocktail bar on the corner of Grosvenor Square has a foot firmly in the past, specifically the roaring 20s. In the 1920s the infamous 'Bentley Boys' would turn heads in glamorous Mayfair. The decadent yet cosy bar boasts handmade wine cabinets, and a luxurious liquor collection. Bring on the cobblers, cups, punches, highballs and martinis it's time to get carefree and crazy.

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You may walk up and down the road a few times before you manage to spot the entrance to Reverand JW Simpson. And that?s what?s so great about it. You feel like you?ve discovered something secret, hidden away from the masses in nearby Soho. You can actually get a table and service is fast and unfussy, while in contrast the cocktails are like a work of art. This place is a speakeasy in the best sense of the word.

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