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
Demon, Wise & Partners
There's certainly more than a little sophistication at this basement bar on Throgmorton Street, in the City. For starters, it's all about quality over quantity - it's seating only, and they recommend you book. Once you're in, the real appeal comes from the cocktails, with drops ranging from kir blanc royales and juleps a la vamp to a market maker (Portobello Road No. 171 gin with Arbitrager tonic syrup, grapefruit and brut Champagne from René Geoffroy) and a Planter's Punch made from a recipe torn from the New York Times on August 8, 1908. There's also a couple of drops they promise only to ever make 100 times - we don't know what number they're currently up to. Outside of the cocktails it's craft beer, Champagne and a short selection of wines from the old world and new. Cheese boards, charcuterie platters and fancy nuts provide the sustenance.