Whether you're looking for a top Tom Collins, a magnificent martini or the quintessential cosmo – somewhere in town there's a bartender just waiting to mix it for you. Some of the best cocktails can be found in hotel bars, while there are also some pretty cool bars in London shaking things up in a more low-key fashion. For the full range, check out our guide to the best cocktail bars in London.
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London's best cocktail bars
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There's plenty on offer at this two-storey party spot on Ganton Street. Funk and soul DJs bring the party vibe, there's table tennis every Monday night - you can even book yourself in for a cocktail masterclass, should you like to learn the art. And they know a thing or two about creative concoctions here. The selection is extensive, too, with mango and chilli mojitos, strawberry daiquiris and caipirinhas alongside shooters, champagne cocktails and a sizeable selection of martinis, too. A short wine list and beers by the bottle cater to those who like things simple. There's a US feel to the food, with burgers, hot dogs, wings and nachos waiting to soak up the booze.