London's best rum bars

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Get ready to rumble – Time Out has hand-picked the best places to sip rum, whether you like it dark, gold, spiced or just darn good

  • London's best rum bars

    © Britta Jaschinski

    • Artesian

      Langham Hotel, 1c Portland Place, W1B 1JA (7636 1000/ www.artesian-bar.co.uk)

      The most glamorous rum bar in London, and not a grass skirt or drunken sailor in sight. The David Collins-designed interior is spectacular, and the dedication to rum is apparent through the 50-strong list. The cocktails are superb too. Read more

  • Cottons

    70 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QP (7833 3332/www.cottons-restaurant.co.uk). Branch at 55 Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AN

    A visit to this polished Farringdon restaurant-bar offers a taste of Caribbean history and the tradition of rum. The drinks list reaches far afield and is arguably London’s longest. The food is worth stopping by for too. Read more

  • Milk & Honey

    61 Poland St, W1F 7NU (7734 0700/www.mlkhny.com)

    This perpetually dusky, discreet Soho speakeasy is not specifically a rum bar, but treats the spirit with as great a respect as it does all the others that line its well-stocked back-bar. Non-members can drink here with a reservation before 11pm at the beginning of the week – it’s well worth it to work your way through the range of expertly crafted classic cocktails. Read more

  • Trader Vic's

    London Hilton, 22 Park Lane, W1K 1BE (7208 4113/www.tradervicslondon.com)

    Before rum became cool, this is what it was all about. Paper umbrellas, Polynesian carvings, lei garlands and palm trees set the scene; classic rum cocktails such as zombies, hurricanes and mai tais are served in novelty glassware to share. It’s brash, tacky and unashamedly great fun. Read more

  • Trailer Happiness

    177 Portobello Rd, W11 2DY (7727 2700/www.trailerhappiness.com)

    This Notting Hill bar was one of the first in the capital to kickstart the tiki revival – and it’s still knowingly kitsch, thoroughly tongue-in-cheek and ironically retro. Cocktails are rigorously faithful to the original rum creations of legendary Californian bartenders.

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