There's no shortage of hip hangouts in London so our critics' have rounded up some of the best. Whether you're looking for cool cocktail bars, great live music or some sophisticated surroundings in chic hotel bars, check out our guide to the most fashionable bars in the capital.
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Cool and trendy bars in London
The drinks menu at this part-sophisticated, part-kitsch Scottish-themed enterprise – tartan everywhere – is less of a list and more of an encyclopaedia. The histories of various whisky regions are outlined within its pages, which also contain individual tasting notes worthy of the most pedantic oenophile.
This wonderful new Kentish Town bar is housed in a tiny basement with seating for 30-something people. It features low lighting, a delightful hotchpotch of decoration and seating, eclectic but well-chosen music, and a resident Jack Russell who will be happy to come and give your ankle a friendly sniff.
This bar at the five-star Rosewood London hotel is named after the London-born artist and caricaturist Gerald Scarfe (former illustrator for The Sunday Times and New Yorker). His work can be seen adorning the marble walls here, providing a great backdrop to a swanky-looking spot. There's live music here seven nights a week – usually jazz, soul and blues. Keep an eye out for cabaret nights and special seasonal events, too. And to drink? Cocktails such as a Thyme Out (Bombay Sapphire, Yellow Chartreuse, thyme, orange bitters and lemon juice) and a Three Blind Mice (Jack Daniel's Single Barrel, Cocchi Americano, Cynar and artichoke oil) alongside Champagne, wine and craft beer by the bottle and on draught.
Venue says: “Introducing our new cocktail menu. Potions inspired by the likes of Harry Potter, James Bond, Monty Python, Alfred Hitchcock and more.”