For cutting edge cocktails: White Lyan
White Lyan in Hoxton is fast becoming the hottest bar in London thanks to its unique approach to cocktail making, created by Mr Lyan aka Ryan Chetiyawardana, one of the most respected names in the industry. Ryan has taken mixology to the next level, you won't see any drink brands on display as all spirits are sourced directly from distillers. All the cocktails are pre mixed with unusual ingredients before bottling with no ice and no garnish, Ryan has rewritten the rule of cocktail making with spectacular results. Try the White Guinness, a whisky based cocktail with aroma and texture of a normal Guinness but with a totally different tasting profile.
153 – 155 Hoxton Street, N1 6PJ
For the perfect Martini: The Connaught Bar
The Connaught Bar really needs no introduction anymore, located inside the prestigious Connaught Hotel, voted world's best fourth bar in the world for the second year running from Drinks International magazine. Connaught bar serves some of the finest cocktails in a stunning setting with a world class service to match. The Connaught Martini is a must to try here, once ordered, a Martini trolly would appear in front of you with a bartender introducing you to a brief history of the drink before offering you the choice of gin and extracts to create a Martini that suits your taste, the ultimate Martini experience.
Connaught Hotel, 16 Carlos Pl, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL
For classic refinement: The Luggage Room
Not the most well known cocktail bar, The Luggage Room is hidden inside The Marriott Hotel in Mayfair where guests need to knock on the door before guided inside to a beautiful bar in the vibe of America from the 20s. It is all about the classic here, with some forgotten recipes which were forgotten after the prohibition era. Try Tom and Jerry: a cocktail superbly mixed with rum and coganc to bring out all the spiciness and richness. Or a Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, a rum based 1920s American classic. This is a place for any enthusiastic cocktail lover who would like to step back into the past to experience some long lost forgotten goodness.
On the Corner, Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP
For fun and cheerful: The Parlour Bar
The Parlour bar in Canada Square is part of the Drake and Morgan group, one of the most successful London based restaurant and bar groups. Contemporary setting with plenty of open space, the cocktails here are all about good value with a fun element in the mix, Try the goldfish in a bag for a summery gin delight or a smoky sour with dry bacon to liven up your taste buds. The creative elements at a very reasonable price will sure bring a smile to all the city workers after a long day at work.
The Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, London E14 5FW
For Asian flavour: The Red Bar
The Red Bar at Bam Bou restaurant is an Asian theme bar in Fitzrovia and it holds the largest Japanese whiskies collection in London. Drinks are mostly modern with an Asian touch to create something elegant and original with a large selection of Japanese whisky cocktails to select from. The Rising Sun: a twist on an all time classic with green tea and umeshu, light and refreshing with a hint of smokiness. The Forbidden Garden, one of the bar's best sellers is another real winner, Cognac based with Manadrine liqueur, lime and orange juice, basil, aromatic bitters, refreshing and fruity but yet retaining all the beautiful richness of a Champagne cognac.
1 Percy St, London W1T 1DB