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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

london's best margaritas, el pastor
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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 drinkers can’t get enough of. 

In London, you’ll find the drink – 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 (Friday February 22) or otherwise – and let the good times roll like a Mexican wave. 

Say ‘hola’ to the best margaritas in London

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cocteleria
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Cocteleria

icon-location-pin Soho

Margaritas are given the full treatment at the bar beneath Breddos taqueria, with six twists on the classic, including a £6 frozen marg barg. A grilled pineapple and a cherry-and-rosemary version show off in-your-face and delicate flavours respectively.

2
del 74
Restaurants, Mexican

Del 74 Dalston

icon-location-pin Dalston

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

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3
el pastor, frozen margarita
Restaurants, Mexican

El Pastor

icon-location-pin Borough Market

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

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FAM bar
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Fam

icon-location-pin Marylebone

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 local twist. Perfecto.

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5
pink chihuahua
Bars and pubs, Mezcalerias

The Pink Chihuahua

icon-location-pin Soho

Seek out this tequila den near 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.

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omeara cantina, london bridge bars
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Omeara Cantina

icon-location-pin Southwark

While they bang out solid classic margaritas at this London Bridge bar, we love it when they get creative. The chargrilled pineapple and sage margarita is a smoky blend with real cojones.

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santo remedio
Laura Richards
Restaurants, Mexican

Santo Remedio

icon-location-pin Borough and London Bridge

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!

Venue says A vibrant Mexican restaurant with an upstairs tequila and mezcal bar, serving authentic regional Mexican cuisine and cocktails.

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blondies
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Blondies

icon-location-pin Clapton

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.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

London Cocktail Club

icon-location-pin 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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