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These are the ten best bars for meeting single Londoners

A typical scene from a London bar, possibly.
Photo: Shutterstock A typical scene from a London bar, possibly.

Thanks to the proliferation of dating websites, apps, and other digital mechanics offering on-tap genitals, nobody has actually spoken to a stranger in a London bar since 2009.

However, should you decide to be the one to reverse the trend, you’ll need to know where to start. Handily, someone’s done the research for you.

According to data collected by dating app The Inner Circle, London’s unattached folk are flocking to Night Jar, the old-timey cocktail den in Old Street. They’re also big fans of Mr Fogg’s in Mayfair, and the Anglesea Arms in South Ken, which also made the top three.

The data is based on venues that the app’s members have indicated that they’re planning on visiting, with the below ten venues proving consistently popular over the last five months.

It should probably be pointed out that since The Inner Circle is all about ‘selective dating’, with would-be members vetted on an individual basis (we’re presuming a full IQ test is not involved), that the peeps you’re likely to meet at these places will be of a certain, er, calibre. But hey, beats dropping £15 on a cocktail in a room full of coupled-up timewasters, right?

Here’s the full top ten.

1. Nightjar, Old Street
2. Mr Fogg’s, Mayfair
3. Anglesea Arms, South Kensington
4. The Phene, Chelsea
5. Hix, Soho
6. Gordon’s Wine Bar, Embankment
7. Experimental Cocktail Club, Chinatown
8. Aqua Neuva, Oxford Circus
9. Aqua Shard, London Bridge
10. White Horse, Parsons Green

Check out our full guide to dating in London.




Promila L

In my days of going to the pubs, usually it was with groups and then to leave the group and flirt with someone it was a little tough to follow, but yes I have seen this works, so these are some good options given by the author. Now, I found out after a lot of years that all the dating sites are there for a reason, and understood that singles are easy to find using these simple platforms so would surely suggest MeetOutside as it has a growing number of UK men and women joining in to find different relationships.

Aaron L

No chance of meeting anyone in Nightjar as it is seating only, so you are always with your group. But, hands down one of the best cocktail bars in London! 

Rachael B

Just have to encourage Londoners to chat to new people and not be so dismissive!