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Experts from London's bar industry share their favourite drinking spots

Movers and shakers on the London drinks scene tell us where they like to tipple

By Time Out London editors

London is known for its fabulous cocktail spots, historic pubs and secret bars, but where do the pros go when they fancy a restorative tipple? Here, seven drinks industry bigwigs share their favourite city watering holes. 

Sam Hendel

P. Franco

Bars and pubs Wine bars Clapton

'On most Sundays we head up to P Franco. The staff are so relaxed and the wine list is great. They cook some of the best food in east London as well.’ Max Venning, co-founder of Three Sheets

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Southampton Arms © Ed Marshall

Southampton Arms

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Pubs Gospel Oak

‘With cask beer, pork rolls and a cosy atmosphere, The Southampton Arms in Kentish Town is one of my favourite post-brewery watering holes. We bring friends from US breweries there to show them what a proper British pub is like.’Jonny Hamilton, brewer and barrel programme manager at Beavertown Brewery


The Mint Gun Club

Bars and pubs Café bars Stoke Newington

Mint Gun Club in Stoke Newington is a wonderful bright little tea house with incredible cocktails and decor to die for. Have the gimlet, thank me after.’ Mia Johansson, co-owner of Swift


4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Bethnal Green

Coupette in Bethnal Green serves simple, modern classics that go down far too easily. My favourite is the Champagne Piña Colada but their calvados cocktail, called Apples, is a very close second.’ Sly Augustin, owner of Trailer Happiness



Three Sheets

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Dalston

Three Sheets on Kingsland Road is a great place to relax after a stressful week. Their cocktails always blow my mind. I have complete faith that anything on their menu will be delicious.’ Bea Bradsell, bars ambassador for DrinkUp.London

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Guy Dimond

The Winemakers Club

Shopping Off licences St Paul’s

‘My favourite place to go on a night off is The Winemakers Club in Farringdon. It’s housed in old railway arches and feels like an actual cellar. With quirky and classic wines at reasonable prices, I’m regularly the last to leave.’ Ruth Spivey, founder of Wine Car Boot


The Connaught Bar

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Hotel bars Mayfair

‘I have quite a few favourite bars in London but if I had to pick one, it would be The Connaught. I’ve been going there for many years – I love its authenticity.’ Tony Conigliaro, founder of 69 Colebrooke Row and Bar Termini.


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