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London bar reviews

The newest bars, pubs and drinking spots, reviewed anonymously by our critics

Written by
Laura Richards
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Stay in the loop with the latest reviews on the hottest drinking spots in town. Updated weekly, this is our archive of 'recent reviews'. For the bang-up-to-date 'current reviews' (updated daily), check out the pages for either restaurants or bars

Latest Time Out London bar reviews

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Joyce
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Wine bars
  • Brockley
  • price 2 of 4

A beer and wine taproom in a former funeral parlour

The KPH
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Ladbroke Grove

An iconic west London pub gets a gastro facelift

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Fugitive Motel
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Craft beer pubs
  • Bethnal Green
  • price 2 of 4

A retro-looking all-day Bethnal Green bar

Bubbledogs
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Wine bars
  • Fitzrovia
  • price 3 of 4

A champagne and hot dog bar with a sparkling new lease of life

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Moto
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Covent Garden
  • price 2 of 4

A sake specialist and bottle shop in Covent Garden

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BrewDog AF Bar
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Craft beer pubs
  • Old Street
  • price 2 of 4

The ‘world’s first’ alcohol-free beer bar

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The Plough
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Homerton
  • price 2 of 4

An independent Homerton pub where BrewDog used to be

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Forza Wine
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Wine bars
  • Peckham
  • price 2 of 4

A cleverly named rooftop bar from the people behind Peckham Italian Forza Win

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Rockwell
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Hotel bars
  • Trafalgar Square
  • price 3 of 4

A central London hotel bar with more than a touch of the tropical about it

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Sylvester
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Wine bars
  • East Dulwich
  • price 2 of 4

An East Dulwich party bar serving natural wine and pizza

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Double Standard
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Cocktail bars
  • King’s Cross
  • price 2 of 4

A fun, buzzy bar within London’s new Standard Hotel

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Kwãnt
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Mayfair
  • price 3 of 4

An atmospheric basement bar from a former Savoy bartender

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Little Faith
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Deptford
  • price 2 of 4

A charming taproom in a changing corner of Deptford

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Murder Inc
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Cocktail bars
  • Tottenham Court Road
  • price 2 of 4

A central London follow-up from Cocktail Trading Company, dubiously based on New York gangsters

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The Lady Hamilton
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Kentish Town
  • price 2 of 4

A pub on Kentish Town Road from the team behind The Pineapple

The Buxton
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Brick Lane
  • price 2 of 4

A ‘pub with rooms’ at the south end of Brick Lane

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The Collab
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Craft beer pubs
  • Walthamstow
  • price 2 of 4

Beers and burgers in a Walthamstow shop unit

Tayēr + Elementary
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Old Street
  • price 2 of 4

A two-part bar from one of the world’s leading mixologists

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Tabac
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Cocktail bars
  • Kentish Town
  • price 2 of 4

A French-themed bar occupying an old tobacconist’s in Kentish Town

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Hacha
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Dalston
  • price 2 of 4

London’s first agave bar from a tequila and mezcal expert

The High Cross
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Tottenham
  • price 2 of 4

A Tottenham micropub inside a former public toilet

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Cloudwater Tap Room
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Bermondsey
  • price 3 of 4

A Bermondsey outpost for the popular Manchester brewer

Canbury Arms
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Kingston

A Kingston pub gets a revamp from Pearmain Pubs

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Supermax
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • King’s Cross
  • price 2 of 4

A late-night King’s Cross bar spinning Italo disco and pouring vermouth

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The Gun
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Spitalfields
  • price 2 of 4

A multi-purpose Spitalfields boozer from the team behind The Ten Bells

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Diogenes the Dog
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Walworth
  • price 2 of 4

Walworth wine bar named after the great Greek cynic

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Homeboy
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Islington
  • price 2 of 4

An Irish-run bar doing a strong line in whiskey drinks

The Parrot
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Aldwych
  • price 3 of 4

Tropical-themed cocktail bar brought to you by Idris Elba

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Funkidory
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Cocktail bars
  • Peckham
  • price 2 of 4

A diddy, music-filled cocktail spot on Peckham Rye

Newman Arms
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Fitzrovia

A historic Fitzrovia pub, now the first tap house from Truman’s Brewery

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The Faber Fox
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Crystal Palace
  • price 2 of 4

Crystal Palace pub, the fifth from the Livelyhood group

FAM
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Marylebone
  • price 2 of 4

Cocktails in central London from a startender team

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Mikkeller Bar
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Hackney Road
  • price 3 of 4

A craft beer bar from the Danish brewery in collaboration with, er, Rick Astley

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Vermuteria
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • King’s Cross
  • price 2 of 4

Vermouth-obsessed café-bar in Coal Drops Yard

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Gunmakers
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Clerkenwell
  • price 2 of 4

Multi-faceted Clerkenwell pub – complete with hair salon – from the Nine Lives team

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Little Mercies
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Crouch End
  • price 2 of 4

A Crouch End cocktail bar from the team behind east London’s Bar Three

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Tap 13
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Craft beer pubs
  • Tooting
  • price 2 of 4

A zero-waste tap bar in Broadway Market Tooting

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Cocteleria
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Soho
  • price 2 of 4

A bar beneath Mexican taqueria Breddos in Soho

Lost Alpaca
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Covent Garden

A bar below Peruvian restaurant Lima Floral in Covent Garden

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The Drop
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Wine bars
  • King’s Cross
  • price 3 of 4

A wine bar from the Harts Group within brand-new Coal Drops Yard

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Blame Gloria
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Covent Garden

A bright cocktail bar themed around a fictitious muse

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Ziggy’s
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Hotel bars
  • Regent Street
  • price 3 of 4

A Ziggy Stardust-themed bar at the Hotel Café Royal

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Two Tribes
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Breweries
  • King’s Cross
  • price 2 of 4

Brewery and taproom with strong music ties

El Segundo
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Peckham

Rustic Spanish wine and sherry bar – sister and neighbour to Miss Tapas restaurant

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Bottles
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Wine bars
  • Spitalfields

A quaint Italian wine bar in Old Spitalfields Market

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El Vermut
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Wine bars
  • Nunhead

A Spanish-tinged vermouth bar in SE London

Sin Gusano
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Mezcalerias
  • Haggerston
  • price 2 of 4

A mezcaleria bringing a touch of Oaxaca to east London

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Copeland Social
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Café bars
  • Peckham
  • price 2 of 4

An all-weather drinking hub in Peckham’s Copeland Park

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Villages
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Breweries
  • Deptford
  • price 2 of 4

A Deptford brewery established by the brothers Village

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Harringay Arms
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Crouch End

A small neighbourhood boozer with an even smaller beer garden

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Londrino Wine Bar
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Wine bars
  • London Bridge
  • price 2 of 4

A Portuguese wine bar attached to London Bridge’s Londrino restaurant

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Netil360
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Café bars
  • London Fields

A pared-down London Fields rooftop with panoramic views

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