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Bars for a night out - Ladies & Gentlemen
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The 100 best bars and pubs in London: nights out

Planning some fun nights out in London bars? These joints from our top 100 are looking lively as soon as the sun sets

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London provides the ultimate backdrop for a big night out on the town. We've selected some glitzy drinking destinations, so whether you're aiming for sophisticated cocktail bars or planning on partying hard at London's cool bars, you can treat the below list as your party planner.

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Bars and pubs for nights out in London

Ape & Bird
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Seven Dials

A stripped-down drinking den with a wealth of Italian liqueur behind the bar.

Baltic
  • Restaurants
  • Eastern European
  • Southwark
  • price 2 of 4

Chilled-out cocktail bar with all the vodka you’ll ever vant. Ideal for post-Old Vic drinks.

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Bar Termini
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Soho
  • price 2 of 4

Lively and always busy, but quiet because of its size – early evenings are perfect for a cocktail before dinner in Soho.

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Cocktail Trading Company
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Soho
  • price 2 of 4

This Soho joint attracts a young crowd who know a good drink - and a good time - when they taste one.

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Lost Angel
  • Clubs
  • Battersea
  • price 2 of 4

Visit during happy hour for non-stop cocktails amidst a poppy Brit interior.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • New Cross
  • price 1 of 4

This groovy flight-themed bar is great for a fun few cocktails on a weekend night.

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Rum Kitchen
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Notting Hill

Happy times are all the time here, but the actual happy hour is practically ecstatic.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Bethnal Green
  • price 2 of 4

The weekend starts early at Satan's Whiskers so come for upmarket mixed drinks in a down to earth and devilishly cool location.

Sun Tavern
  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Bethnal Green
  • price 2 of 4

The Sun is a perfect balance of relaxed and revelrous – ideal for a weekend session with pals.

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The Old Blue Last
  • Music
  • Music venues
  • Shoreditch
  • price 2 of 4

The beating heart of east London hipsterdom. Gigs happen most nights of the week and are usually free.

Trailer Happiness
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Portobello Road
  • price 2 of 4

Casual, sunny and funny – and rammed at weekends. Weekdays are chill-days, but this is Notting Hill and a party is never far away.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Hoxton
  • price 2 of 4

You probably won’t be passing, ever, so make a night of it and bring all your pals. This could just be the best pub in London.

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