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Best New Bars, London

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Finding the best new bars and clubs in London is not the easiest task because, despite the recent economic downturn, there have been a plethora of new bar and club openings and launches in London in the last year. Here is your top 10 guide to the best new bars and clubs in London.

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Hackney
Bar / Restaurant
American

Located in the Here East creative hub, in the former Olympic Press and Broadcast centre, Mason & Company offers craft beer and Italian-American fare to Hackney Wick. Located canalside with a bright interior and large glass windows, it is the ideal spot to enjoy the sunshine. The craft beer bar sees a constantly changing selection of over 20 draught beer taps, alongside a selection of bottled and canned brews. From the Capish? Kitchen you can find dishes including the famous Steak Braciole, signature Meatball Hero, Italian Poutine and Italo fries topped with 6-hour short rib ragu and cheese curds.

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Bloomsbury
Bar / Hotel
British

A perfect blend of chic, traditional British elegance and sumptuous colonial South African-inspired furnishings, the first-class bar serves a variety of light bites and snacks, complemented by an excellent selection of drinks and expertly mixed cocktails, including the Leopard Print Cocktail, the new bar?s signature drink. The concoction of Snow Leopard Vodka, Frangelico and Amarula Liquor complete with leopard spots is the perfect aperitif to an evening of live jazz music Weds and Thurs each week.

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Shoreditch
Bar / Restaurant
Bar

From the same independent bar group who brought you stalwart South London bars, Venn St. Records and Northcote Records, Old St. Records hits the East End in Shoreditch. Sticking to their music-loving roots, Old St. Records offers a different live music experience every week night for absolutely free. Along with the record store-inspired interiors, these guys love music so much, they?re even selling vinyl behind the bar from Friction Records and Caroline International. Throw into the mix classic cocktails with a twist and gourmet pizza, you?ve got yourself the best night out in Shoreditch you?ve ever had!

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Bloomsbury
Bar
Bar

The Bloomsbury Club Bar, set in the heart of literary Bloomsbury, takes influence from the famously hedonistic Bloomsbury Set. The enchanting outside space, with a twinkling grotto perfect for long summer evenings, offers a sense of luxurious decadence. The menu features a selection of original cocktails named after the literary icons they represent, alongside a selection of strong and seductive forgotten classics. Club Bites are also available to accompany the vast drinks menu. The venue is a moody, seductive space, the perfect destination for alfresco drinking and a romantic evening. Live music is also available from Wednesday to Saturday.

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Camden
Bar / Restaurant
Bar

Trufflesecco is a first for London; a romantic haven amid the bustle of the city with a selective menu focusing on the luxurious flavours of truffle and Prosecco. An intimate setting rich with atmosphere, Trufflesecco?s offering includes sumptuous platters, an array of delicious Proseccos as well as an enviable wine list, and also functions as a shop where truffle-infused items are available to take away and enjoy. Both contemporary and rustic, Trufflesecco is one of the most exciting additions to London?s foodie scene of the year.

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Kings Cross
Bar / Restaurant
Modern British

Pub, dining room and bar, The Lighterman, is on the eastern side of Granary Square, named after the Victorian workers who operated "lighters" flat-bottomed goods barges on London?s canals. It offers three floors of all-day dining and drinking, with alfresco seating on both Regent?s Canal and Granary Square and a wraparound terrace with views over King?s Cross. The modern British menu caters to everything from an elegant dinner to a canal-side snack, there?s also expertly sourced meats and seafood from the wood-fired grill, spelt-flour flatbreads and decadent breakfasts.

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West End
Bar
Bar

Based in the riotous Headquarters of the secret society that ran Victorian London, The Escapologist is styled as part modern day Victorian men's club and part Masonic lodge. Partying like it's 1899 seven days a week, the focus is on memorable times with great drinks in an outrageous space. Located in the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden, The Escapologist cocktail bar offers twisted classic cocktails and a menu of high-quality pizzas.

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Brixton
Restaurant
Latin

Barrio Brixton bar is part of the Barrio familia, which currently has Latin outposts in Angel, Soho, and Shoreditch. As Brixton is a neighbourhood that is already abuzz, Barrio Brixton takes inspiration from the local markets, arcades and brewers, creating a fun local hangout with delicious food and drink offerings. From tequilas and mezcals, to piscos and rums, Barrio Brixton brings its love of sunny spirit to South London, and the Peruvian focused food menu features an array of mouth-watering anticuchos and ceviche.

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Victoria
Bar / Restaurant
American

If you adore the flavours of Deep South Americana, then the Low, Slow & Juke is smoky heaven for you. Expect cocktails are lightly infused with applewood or hickory smoke, and the full-flavoured, slow-cooked barbecued meats are hand-rubbed and rested for 24 hours before being smoked low and slow for 16 hours. Go for the St. Louis Slab Ribs, and a side of speciality pit beans. Enjoy these with craft beers, whiskies and original cocktails in a spacious, loungy basement with a moody soundtrack of blues and jazz. Open Monday to Friday, serving from noon to 11pm.

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Kensington
Bar
Bar

South Kensington's stunning Regency hotel The Kensington fuses the area's traditional heritage with innovation. Inspired by the sophisticated atmosphere of a gentlemen's club, the décor of K Bar features deep grained oak panelling with integrated bookcases, dimly lit lighting and accents of polished brass detailing. Accompanied the innovative drinks menu encompasses champagne cocktails, inimitable classics and contemporary drinks. Accompanied by a range of non-alcoholic and dessert cocktails as well as an extensive selection of premium wines and spirits, K Bar has something for everyone against a backdrop of intimate chic.

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Herne Hill
Bar
Bar

Introducing First Aid Box, a cafe and cocktail bar in Herne Hill, South London. The team behind Salts of the Earth cocktail consultants and popular Brixton bar and restaurant Shrub & Shutter are serving up alchemy coffee, fresh salads, sandwiches and ceviche during the day, with the addition of health inspired cocktails into the night. Just what the doctor ordered.

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Camden
Bar / Restaurant
Bar

A new venue for London, The Camden Assembly is a bar open 7 days a week for beers, burgers and good times. Hosting weekend clubnights, Monday student nights and a Tuesday pub quiz, The Camden Assembly offers a broad appeal underpinned by a lively and unpretentious atmosphere. The décor extends this philosophy, the interiors traditional and unfussy with worn leather sofas and salvaged furnishings providing the backdrop. London burger favourites Lucky Chip take up residency in the kitchen while the bar stocks a range of craft beer and spirits.

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Brixton
Bar / Restaurant
Caribbean

Rum Kitchen has opened the doors to its third site bringing a taste of the Caribbean to Brixton. Dishing up a modern approach to classic Island cooking with a hefty cocktail and rare rum selection to boot, the restaurant seats 110 covers inside along with a large counter bar and has a small outside terrace area for 20 covers. Rum Kitchen boasts a drinks menu with over 200 types of rum and 40 house cocktails, all developed by their award winning bar team, alongside classic Jerk dishes and other tasty newcomers, all with a Caribbean twist!

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