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So the UK might not have the glorious Mediterranean sunshine, the dry summer heat, or the trophy-winning sports stars that Spain currently boasts, but London itself has a host of exciting dining, drinking and dancing options that recreate that Spanish ethos of ¡Viva España!
Whether you're a tapas fiend, a flamenco nut, a Rioja loon, or a sucker for the Sangria, this definitive Fluid guide to the best Spanish bars and restaurants in London should ignite your Latin spirit.
And note to self: keep October 12th free in the diary; it's National Spanish Day!
Kings Cross / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Spanish
Whether you're looking for breakfast (coffee, freshly made fruit smoothies, churros and a flick through El Pais), a long lunch, an indulgent graze on cava, tapas and raciones, a seriously good wine with fresh meat and fish from the charcoal grill, or the best Spanish vegetarian dishes, every experience will be real and infectious. There are not many bars that can lay claim to the accolade 'Best Bar In Britain'. According to The Observer, Camino is one of them.
Bradley's Spanish Bar
Fitzrovia / Bar / Cuisine: Spanish
While the name is about as subtle as a slap in the face, this venue has a surprisingly welcoming Spanish air. There's a selection of refreshing European beers available and the crowd is a reassuring mix of Londoners, gig goers and Spaniards. Split on two levels, it is not the cosy and sometimes miniature proportions of the bar that people come for, nor the gutter like exterior of the bar. It's the Jukebox. A Jukebox which is possibly the most epic in London. (Paul Wells)
Bloomsbury / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Spanish
The Spanish influence for Cigala came about through Jake's mother, who spent some 30 years living in Granada. In his early years Jake spent a lot of time in Spain and was intrigued by the cooking. Jake opened Cigala in order to bring a large variety of Spanish cooking to London.
Costa Dorada- Spanish Bar & Restaurant
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: Spanish
Dark enough to hide a multitude of sins without being dingy, the dining space is impressive and easily contains a suitable stage for the flamenco performers that appear later on in the evening. Typically Spanish without becoming tackily themed, you could easily pretend you've slipped into a Catalonian restaurant and forget that the nightmare of Oxford Street is a mere stone's throw away. (Deborah James)
Ladbroke Grove & Kensal / Bar / Cuisine: Spanish
The name alone gives it away. Like La Bota, the culinary angle at this popular Ladbroke Grove eatery is skewed towards what is arguably one of Spain's finest culinary regions. It's not plush or particularly sophisticated, but it is high-quality food at very reasonable prices and the lively atmosphere is perfect for kicking off a fun evening. (Julianna Barnaby)
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