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
Belushi's Bar Covent Garden
Venue says: Check out happy hour every day from 5pm-8pm! 2-4-1 on bottled beer, £10 buckets of beer, bottles of wine, jumbo cocktail jars and platters!
This Covent Garden Belushi's was where it all began - there are five more branches in London, as well as three further UK sites and some across Europe. This place pretty much set the tone for the rest, with live entertainment combining with affordable drinks and accessible food. There are plenty of drink offers too, with generous happy hours alongside special promotions. Cocktails prove popular, from mojitos served in jam jars to straight-up whisky sours, Texas ice tea sharers and peanut butter jelly shooters. There's a short wine list and beers on tap, too. The food menu boasts an American bent. A range of burgers - including a classic Belushi's burger and a bourbon BBQ melt - do brisk business alongside hot dogs, racks of ribs, club sandwiches and various tex-mex bits and bobs such as nachos, quesadillas and tacos. Desserts are indulgent.