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The best London bars to take Mum to

Way more fun than afternoon tea: treat Mum to a fancy cocktail at a London bar she’s bound to love

By Laura Richards

You probably don’t want to go out on the lash with your mother dearest (although no judgement if you do) but going for a wee tipple together can be quite the treat, especially in one of London’s top bars.

Ditch the afternoon tea trip and instead grab a fancy drink with your ma in the kind of bar her Insta followers will go giddy for. Whether she’s into fine wine or meticulously-garnished cocktails, she’s sure to love these locations.

The most mum-friendly bars in London

Culpeper Roof Garden

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Whitechapel

Has Mum got green fingers? Book ahead and bring all the family to the roof of Aldgate pub The Culpeper. The greenhouse hosts private parties in among plants and veg being grown for use on the menu.


Humble Grape

Bars and pubs Wine bars Angel

Some bar menus can be a bit perplexing. Not at Humble Grape, where they have a knack for explaining wine flavours in layman’s terms. Mum’s gonna love that.

Seymour's Parlour

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Marylebone

What’s that, dear? Sofas, champagne and soft acoustics at this living-room chic bar in Marylebone. Consider it a home away from home. But with better drinks.  


American Bar at the Beaumont

Bars and pubs Hotel bars Mayfair

The art deco flourishes and dimly lit extravagance of the American Bar at the Beaumont make any occasion special. Cocktails are strong and liberating: one for the lushes out there. 


Bars and pubs Shepherd’s Bush

There’s actually a beautiful mother-daughter story at the root of this wine bar in Shepherd’s Bush. Ask staff all about it over a carafe of Chablis with your own old dear.


Dickie's Bar

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Mayfair

Take your mum on safari at this quiet, decadent Mayfair bar decked in chic animal prints. Dickie’s specialises in mind-blowing cocktails described as defining ‘farm to glass’ drinking. It’s practically ‘The Good Life’ in here.

The Mountgrove Bothy

Bars and pubs Wine bars Highbury

A neighbourhood wine bar on the backroads with incredibly personable service, cute posies on each table and rare interesting wines to quaff. If she loves a bargain, share a cheese platter and carafe of house red for £20.



Restaurants Contemporary European King’s Road

Show her a blooming good time at Bluebird, Chelsea’s pretty, plant-filled bar and restaurant. The King’s Road location is upmarket and the setting is sweet.

K Bar

Bars and pubs Hotel bars South Kensington

Top-notch table service, snug seating and a Kensington town house setting. There’s a menu of cocktails that honour classic desserts, perfect for any mums with a sweet tooth.



Bars and pubs Wine bars Crouch End and Hornsey

A buzzy, warm atmosphere, fruity and flavourful cocktails and wine galore – Nickel Bar is a total find. Sit up by the window, share heavenly small plates and watch the well-heeled world of N8 go by.

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Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Seven Dials

So you still liked the idea of taking mum for afternoon tea? Do it at this cute Covent Garden bar, which doubles as a specialist loose leaf boutique. All the clever cocktails served here have tea at their base, but some drinks, like the Ginger Snap, also manage to indulge that sweet tooth.



Bars and pubs Wine bars Chiswick

This outpost of Vinoteca just off the Chiswick High Road sells up to 300 varieties of vino in a refreshingly unpretentious way. It’s an elegent, slender room with bottle green upholstery that’ll make her feel like royalty.


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