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
The Old Crown
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This New Oxford Street pub looks every bit the contemporary take on a traditional British boozer - think large leather chesterfields and exposed brickwork alongside gilded rococo mirrors, intricate chandeliers and wallpaper with a hint of the hunt about it. The food menu, though, is influenced by the USA. Burgers are a strong point, with options ranging from the 'OC' (a 6oz dexter beef patty with American cheese, gem lettuce, tomato, red onion, gherkins and burger sauce) to the 'Notorious P.I.G' (a pork and chorizo patty with pulled pork, chipotle mayo, rocket, tomato and coleslaw) and one paying homage to Russell Crowe - also known as the 'fat bastard', apparently. Expect hot dogs, wings, sliders and nachos, too. Beers range from San Miguel, Becks, Amstel, Blue Moon and guest ales on tap to Bud, Asahi, Peroni and Sol by the bottle. A short wine list takes in France, Italy, Spain and a few new world regions, with most of the bottles available by the glass. Classic cocktails sit alongside Old Crown specials such as a lemon and vanilla martini and their take on a twisted gimlet. There's a late license on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with DJs bringing the party vibe.