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.
Piano Kensington is a venue for listening to jazz pianists five nights a week. They serve a regularly changing menu combining influences from numerous cuisines, and snacks on Sunday evening when there is no dinner service. The short wine list includes bottles from both Europe and the New World, with prices starting at £20.95, and several wines are available by the glass. Note: live music is played from 6-11.30pm Tuesday through Thursday; from 6pm-midnight Friday and Saturday; and from 8.30-11.30pm on ‘Jazz Sundays’, when there is no cover charge or entry fee.
Venue says: “Olav Bratli, one of Norways's top entertainers, entertains this weekend from 8.30pm.”