Little Bar

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The Little Bar (© Ming Tang-Evans)
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The Little Bar (© Ming Tang-Evans)
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It’s everyone’s dream, isn’t it? Give up your desk job and open a bar. But when you’re Madeleine Lim, the food and drink editor of the Independent magazine, perhaps it’s not so naive. In 2013, recognising Tooting as ‘on the up’, Lim bought a rundown site with business partner Martin Pannett (who sadly passed away in April 2015) and proceeded to ‘do a Shoreditch’ to it: stripping back its walls to plaster and brick, installing a zinc bar and French warehouse lights, scuffing up those dark floors. It’s a great little – and it is little – spot, especially when you consider the surroundings: on a busy drag, across from the local Iceland. There are cold Spanish nibbles (cheese, olives), international (and a few local) bottled beers, and a compact but classy cocktail list (negronis, old-fashioneds). Ms Lim – you go, girl.

By: Tania Ballantine


Venue name: Little Bar
Address: 145 Mitcham Road
SW17 9PE
Opening hours: Open 4-11.30pm Tue-Thur; 1-11.30pm Fri-Sun
Transport: Tube: Tooting Broadway tube
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Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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Nicola B

The perfect amount of space, charm, originality and a delightful cocktail choice. A rare find! love it!

Ben F

All the best things come in small packages.... you can't get smaller or better than the little bar!

Sarah G

This bar is literally seconds walk from my home. I love having it. Yet, it is rarely my first choice - perhaps because with children when we go out we want more entertainment and variety?  But whenever I go in I love it. It's been open a while and it is as its name says 'little' but it punches above its weight in terms of atmosphere and variety of drinks.

I might make a point of going in there more and becoming a 'regular' as that's what I love about the idea of it - but somehow the bar staff never talk to me whilst the appear to with everyone else.

I haven't tried out the snacks - again because it is usually a starting or a finishing point for the night.  

I'm fickle if the bar staff noticed me and got to know me I'd give it 5plus stars

Caroline B

The kind of place that makes Tooting an exciting place to live in. Great atmosphere and choice of beverage.

Jennifer M

A Tooting institution. You go in for one and end up there all night. Great cocktails and cheese and scotch egg snacks for when you get peckish

Joshua F

Fantastic place, great atmosphere and drinks are excellent!! A must go to place any night

Bonnie W

I went to Little Bar recently on a Thursday night and was pleasantly surprised that there was a table for four free right away. They have a concise but interesting menu of cocktails listed on a black board. I have only been once, but can only assume the menu changes quite frequently. Each cocktail is made to perfection - this can take some time, but because it's quite a small bar, you're still not waiting too long for service. Little Bar is a great place to come with friends for a relaxed night trying out new cocktails at low prices.


This is my local bar and boy do I love it! I fell in love with it the moment Martin and Madeleine introduced me to Martin Miller Gin! And the great mystery is why is one never enough? There's always a delicious terrine on the menu, great music being played and a happy buzz on both sides of the bar! It's become my home from home.