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London’s best Margaritas

Looking for your tequila fix in London? Keep it classic with Mexico’s best-loved cocktail, the Margarita

Written by
Laura Richards
&
Chris Waywell
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¿Dónde está la fiesta? Right here in London, of course, where you can order a cracking Margarita any time of day. The origin of the classic Mexican cocktail (tequila, triple sec, lime) is always up for debate – many lay claim to the drink’s invention. But one thing is for sure: it’s damn delicious, with a kick that drinkers can’t get enough of. 

In London, you’ll find the Margarita – whether classic, tommy’s, frozen or otherwise – in tequila-loving bars and cocktail joints that know a thing or two about shaking the classics. It’s a top tipple to choose when it’s party time, so work your way through this list of the best margaritas in the capital – on Margarita Day or otherwise.

Also: London’s best tequila bars.

Say ‘hola’ to the best Margaritas in London

Del74 Dalston
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Dalston
  • price 1 of 4

Del 74 is a party-ready bar where tequila flows freely. Classic margaritas cost just a fiver during happy hour, or opt for cucumber or watermelon flavours at any time of day.

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El Pastor
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Borough
  • price 2 of 4

This upmarket taqueria found under a London Bridge railway arch is well into its Margs. Our tip? Grab an ace frozen version, made all the sweeter with orange blossom honey.

Fam
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Marylebone
  • price 2 of 4

The team behind Fam are tequila experts, and from one sip of the house Margarita, you can tell. It blends highland and lowland tequilas with citrus and Devon-flower honey for a cute British twist. Perfecto.

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The Pink Chihuahua
  • Bars and pubs
  • Mezcalerias
  • Soho

Seek out this tequila den among the bright lights of Soho for a wild night out. There are six takes on the Mexican cocktail to pick from – but you can’t beat it on the rocks with a salty rim.

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • London Bridge
  • price 2 of 4

There are lots of exotic concoctions on the menu at Santo Remedio, but you won’t be disappointed with a beautifully balanced Margarita de la Casa. Forget a salt rim; they use tajín, a chilli-spiked Mexican spice mix. Arriba!

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Blondies
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Clapton
  • price 2 of 4

They love a party at this rockin’ Clapton bar, and one thing that helps get it started is the Grapefruit Margarita. It’s a twist on a classic that really works: a pink drink that’s muscular and stonkingly sour.

London Cocktail Club
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Fitzrovia

At LCC’s Oxford Circus branch, a Tommy’s Margarita is the specialty – that’s when they swap out the triple sec for agave syrup, making it even more Mexican in the process. Or try a Patrón Mango Margarita, a fruity number on the menu specifically for Margarita Day. Salud, amigos!  

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