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Places in London to drink when you’re not drinking

Just because you’ve stopped drinking doesn’t mean you have to stop going out. These bars cater to non-drinkers, too

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Whether you’re having a night off or you prefer to swerve the booze altogether, being sober in London doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. These bars also cater to the non-drinkers and provide a great place to party, alcohol-free. So choose from buzzing bars that also specialise in alcohol-free cocktails, or find a pub with a penchant for boozeless beers. These zero-percent hangouts are 100 percent awesome. 

Where to drink when you’re not drinking

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Bar Three

icon-location-pin Spitalfields

At Bar Three, the menu is split into three sections: ‘free’, ‘light’, ‘medium’ or ‘full’. For those abstaining, free is the place to be – here you’ll find three incredibly crafted tipples sans alcohol, from a Seedlip sling to a sober spritz.

Nightlife, Late-night bars

The Book Club

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

Now we know what you’re thinking: this is a party bar in the middle of Shoreditch. But party doesn’t always equal booze, and The Book Club proves that with its ‘zero proof’ menu. Tipples include a turmeric spritz and an espresso beets martini.

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Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

Brewdog

icon-location-pin Camden Town

You can still have a night out on the hops at Brewdog’s Camden branch, where they regularly pour their own non-alcoholic craft beer Nanny State from the taps. There’s also a running club that meets here weekly. Beer guzzling never felt so good.

Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

The Connaught Bar

icon-location-pin Mayfair

The mega-bling hotel bar may be famed for its martinis, but you can still make it a place for one hell of a celebration minus the booze. Mocktails include luxe ingredients, from yuzu juice to tamarillo kombucha.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Permit Room

icon-location-pin King’s Cross

Visit the Bombay-styled bar beneath Dishoom King’s Cross when on a voyage of sober discovery. Alcohol-free drinks include affordable, fruity sharbats made from fruits and flower petals and a mean virgin colada.

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Sexy Fish Bar

icon-location-pin Mayfair

This lavish Mayfair hangout with a terrible name caters to a fashionable crowd with its menu of four booze-free drinks, one of which is made using aromatic alcohol-free spirit Seedlip.

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Restaurants, Vegan

Redemption

icon-location-pin Notting Hill

Redemption is a pioneering bar without booze. Cocktails and cold drinks are pure as they come, from a Mock-jito to the cheesily named Lettuce Spray. Veggie and vegan dishes are just as pure.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Teatulia

icon-location-pin Seven Dials

Not only does this Seven Dials spot serve a great cup of char – by day, it’s a single-origin tea shop – but it’s also home to a cocktail bar where some of the drinks are boozeless. They’re all delicious and they all contain tea (like in a Green Tea Ginger Cooler), so you can get buzzed on caffeine instead. Time to go tea-total.

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Wenlock Arms

icon-location-pin Hoxton

Beer-forward backstreet boozer the Wenlock Arms stocks from London’s first dedicated alcohol-free beer brewery, Nirvana. Try the brand's hoppy Tantra pale ale in a trad pub setting for a truly spiritual experience (without any spirits at all).

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