We parked ourselves down on bar stools across the capital and sipped away on some serious drinks so we could deliver to you our list of the 100 best bars and pubs in London. But from our research there were some tipples that truly shone. If you're a booze enthusiast, read on, as we serve up our list of the best cocktails in London.
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Campari, lemon, orange bitters, English marmalade
You'll need something sharp to wash down the hearty bar snacks at Hawksmoor, and this drink is perfectly balanced and up to the task, recommended for fans of a bitter tipple. The menu tells you this drink was created for drinking pre-11am for an energy boost – in truth, any time will do.
Rum, mint, lime, bee pollen, green tea, champagne
They do the classics good and boozy at Nightjar. This drink will get you tipsy at a speed far pacier than the first class post par avion, thanks to rum and champagne. There's also a typical quirky Nightjar addition: bee pollen.
Gin, vermouth, own-made citrus aromatics
In a bar where the décor rules, we suggest you opt for this minimal martini and then drink in the surroundings. It's one of our faves in town since droplets of citrus aromatics are added from a cute tincture bottle at your table.
Gin, dry vermouth, Cointreu, botanical cordial, champagne, lemon sorbet
If you're living it up at the Beaufort Bar there really is no choice other than a champagne cocktail. Even better, there's a dollop of lemon sorbet floating in your fizz. Yes, there's the price tag, but we justify it to ourselves by saying it's a cocktail and dessert combined.
Rum, bourbon, spiced pineapple, cherry syrup, mint
A delicious tropical tipple that keeps us coming back for more. Typical of the bar, this julep's garnish is something to behold, too.
Tequila, distilled coffee, coffee oil, vanilla
They don't do things by the book at White Lyan, and the Bulletproof Martini just proves that a bold (and caffeinated) approach is best. Square Mile coffee oil is used to elevate this beyond your average espresso martini concoction.
Gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, Grand Marnier, orange bitters, orange
This Bethnal Green bar has brought an often overlooked orange-flavoured cocktail classic back into the zeitgeist. The menu changes daily, so in the absence of the bar's namesake cocktail, order the Satan's Americano, Satan's Manhattan, or any other house twist on the classics. They're all devilishly good.
Gin, sweet marsala, dry vermouth, almond bitters
It's either coffee or cocktails at Bar Termini, and if you're opting for the latter, we salute you. We also recommend the marsala martini as one of the best things we've drunk in the last few months.
Greek yoghurt gin, kummel, lemon, cucumber, sumac honey
The play on words at Peg & Patriot is almost as good as the cocktails. Try this tipple to see what the bar is all about – crafting spirits in house and packaging them up with novel ingredients, like the tangy golden honey that gives this drink its name.
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The Alfred Tennyson
The Alfred Tennyson was, until August 2015, called The Pantechnicon Rooms. The review below refers to the venue under this name. Time Out food and drink editors. This grand old spot was once a repository for works of art, stored in a high-ceilinged space behind Doric columns. Faithfully restored, it’s now flooded with natural light and lined with oak tables and leather chairs – a place for art dealers in smart, stripy shirts to entertain and network over braised pork belly or saddle of Devon lamb. There’s also an upstairs dining room with a slightly more contemporary feel. The ground-floor area is bookended by a bar, where Adnams is the standout beer. A 15-strong cocktail list includes a Moscow Mule with Belvedere vodka, while the wine list covers most bases, beginning with a Hungarian pinot grigio and a Languedoc merlot.