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
Set on a corner of Soho Square, the Edge draws visitors of all kinds but caters mainly to a gay crowd: diners and coffee-sippers by day, clubbers by night. It’s divided into four floors: the street-level main bar and terrace tables; the first floor Hygge Lounge and ‘alfresco’ second floor, both designed by Saatchi & Saatchi with chichi decor to match; and the third-floor Club Bar, which has great views over the square. Downstairs, to a backdrop of music videos over the bar and a woozy display of 15 colour-changing squares over one wall, customers tuck into stomach-lining grub beneath a Sputnik-esque starburst ball of light. There are cocktails here as well, including the fun-loving likes of a Bomberry Sling (Bombay Sapphire, Chambord, strawberry purée, lime juice and pineapple juice). San Miguel and Carlsberg Cold are the draught lager standards.