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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¿Donde está la fiesta? Right here in London, of course, where you can order a cracking margarita any time of day. The classic Mexican cocktail (tequila, triple sec, lime) is a top tipple to choose when it’s party time, so work your way through this list of the best margaritas in the capital and let the good times roll like a Mexican wave.

Say ‘hola’ to the best margaritas in London

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del 74
Bars and pubs, Tapas bars

Del 74

icon-location-pin Hackney

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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el pastor, frozen margarita
Restaurants, Mexican

El Pastor

icon-location-pin South Bank

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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3
pink chihuahua
Bars and pubs, Mezcalerias

The Pink Chihuahua

icon-location-pin London

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.

4
cartel
Bars and pubs

Cartel

icon-location-pin Battersea

A buzzy Battersea bar with a focus on tacos, mezcal and, of course, tequila. They make a shit-hot Tommy’s Margarita, which will have you dancing along to live tunes for sure.

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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 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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7
english garden margarita, oxo tower bar
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

OXO Tower Bar

icon-location-pin South Bank

Fancy a marg with a Great British twist? Sample the English Garden Margarita (£14) at Oxo Tower’s Bar. It contains apricot liqueur, Earl Grey syrup and has sugar snap peas for a garnish – don’t worry, there’s a healthy slug of blanco tequila in there, too.  

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blondies
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Blondies

icon-location-pin Lower 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. Their version is called the Heisenberg and – you guessed it – it’s served as a bright blue drink, with a blue salt on the side. Revolutionary.

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