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
There's more to this Curtain Road bar and lounge than the carefully crafted cocktails, the DJs playing a bit of funky house and the odd visit from stars of stage and screen - though they all play their part, of course. Much of the appeal comes from its eccentric decor, with antiques, artefacts and Victoriana alongside mismatched furniture, lego tables, grand pianos, cake stands, gold busts and Betty Boop on a motorbike. Most, though, head down for the mixology classes, the cocktails and the live music, or for a look around a gallery playing temporary home to some big artistic hitters on occasion - including Grace Jones. The selection of cocktails ranges from classics drops to signature concoctions - the latter usually boasting a pretty creative bent. Feel free to ask them to knock something bespoke up for you if you wish though, they're good enough to know what they're up to. Make sure you keep an eye out for special events, too.