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 Luggage Room
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A luxury cocktail bar and drinking den in Mayfair, located within the very swanky innards of the Marriott Grosvenor Square - a five-star hotel on Duke Street. There's a Roaring Twenties feel to things here, and it's all very lavish - the art deco aesthetic's a doozy. The cocktail list is inspired by the Twenties, too. Signature creations such as the The Darb (Citadelle Gin shaken with apricot brandy, Italian vermouth and lemon juice) and a Barney Barnato (pisco stirred with Cocchi Americano, Pierre Ferrand dry Curaçao and aromatic bitters) are served alongside juleps, cobblers, swizzles, imperials, punches, sours, flips and other popular concoctions of the time. Beers, ciders, wines and champagnes feature, too. A short food menu ranges from charcuterie boards and sharing platters to black pepper mackerel pâté served with soused mooli flutes, marinated asparagus in a sauce gribiche and crisp arctic basil bread with a tomato and pepper dip. Keep an eye out for some of the intriguing curios of the time, including a scale model of a Bentley Blower - a Le Mans winner driven by the dandies partial to a drink or two around these parts, back in the day.