Whether it’s your usual route home to South London, or you’re just passing through on a weekend city break, you can guarantee you’ll find a decent watering hole at London Bridge. The area has a staggering number of trendy little bars, tucked away out of sight. From Italian Aperitivo bars and sunny cocktail terraces, to cool drinking dens and old school retreats, there’s a bar for every taste.
Whether you’d prefer an Espresso Martini or a spritz in the sunshine, a basement speakeasy or rooftop views, here’s where to drink near London Bridge.
A hop, skip and a jump from London Bridge station towards Tower Bridge, and you’ll land in a neighbourhood Italian restaurant serving up dazzling cocktails from their Aperitivo Bar. Enjoy expertly curated cocktails reaching far beyond the typical Italian favourites. Or, tuck into the wine list to go on an adventure through Italy’s lesser known vineyards.
Overlooking the Thames with spectacular views of Tower Bridge, an afternoon at Tavolino is set to be one you won’t quickly forget.
Expertly curated cocktails that go far beyond typical Italian favourites.
Where: 2 More London Riverside, London SE1 2DB
If you’re ever craving an Espresso Martini near London Bridge, Grind is the place to find it. Atmospheric and always buzzing, the team behind Grind have brought a buzzy vibe to the former bank the bar is housed in.
With coffee as the central focus, guests can sip the night away to a menu of cocktails, wine and beer, including a dedicated Coffee Cocktails section- home to a Vanilla Espresso Martini, a Hot White Flat Russian, an Espresso Old Fashioned, and a Coffee Negroni.
During the day, pop in for everything from speciality coffee and baked goods to small plates and bottomless brunch – making it the perfect day to night destination in London Bridge.
Where: 2 London Bridge, London SE1 9RA
Bar 31 is all about quality drinks, and for this summer, they’re taking it up a notch with seasonal cocktails and frozen margaritas in partnership with Cointreau at their Summer Cocktail Terrace. Located on the ground floor of The Shard, the terrace features eye-catching tropical blooms and parasols to relax under on sunny afternoons.
Choose from cocktails including the Mandarin Spritz with Cointreau, Clementine, Rosemary and Prosecco; Margot, with Cointreau, Tequila Blanco, Pink Grapefruit, honey and fresh lime; and Litchi, with Cointreau, chile liqueur, Lychee and fresh lime. Craft beers and wine are also available to order, alongside sharing plates, Pizette and bar snacks for guests to tuck into.
And if you fancy whipping up your own frozen margarita, you’ll be able to hop on a Cointreau Margarita Bike and make your cocktail… by cycling!
Where: 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU
Having recently opened their second site in the arches of London Bridge, Electric Shuffle offers games-loving cocktail drinkers some shuffleboard-inspired fun in a beautiful venue.
The new space comes complete with ten electric shuffleboards, two bars, and an epic brunch offering of pizza and prosecco. It’s one of London Bridge’s coolest hangouts and has really set the bar high for the area’s social scene.
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Just across the river from London Bridge Station is one of the city’s finest watering holes, The Oyster Shed. Kick back and soak up panoramic views across the Thames, whilst sipping on classic cocktails.
If after work drinks or celebrations with friends is what you’re after, this is a great choice of bar just a stone’s throw from the station.
If you’re in the London Bridge area, search high for your cocktails and you’ll find GÔNG on floor 52 of Shangri-La The Shard.
This summer they’re paying tribute to the mystical Shangri-La itself with the launch of the Voyager Zheng Cocktail Menu, where their expert mixologists have developed a menu of 15 cocktails inspired by travels around Asia to eight countries linked to the fictional valley.
Search high for your cocktails and you’ll find GÔNG on floor 52 of The Shard.
Where: 1 Angel Ln, London EC4R 3AB
Wet your whistle at one of London’s Bridge’s best bars, Hutong’s Shanghai Bar. The perfect place to enjoy a cocktail before your meal at their award-winning Chinese restaurant, or to pop in for an after-work drink.
Peruse the menu whilst soaking in sweeping views of the city below, and spend the evening sipping on signature cocktails like sweet and spicy Comfortably Numb, mixing Cîroc vanilla, lychee liqueur, fresh chilli, honey-infused Sichuan pepper and lime. Or the Chinese Lantern, which combines Aperol, mandarin cordial, plum bitters and Veuve Clicquot rosé.
Where: 33 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY
If you’re looking for places to drink near London Bridge, then BOB’s Lobster Wine Bar should be on your list. Best known for their serving seafood from their VW campervan at festivals and street markets, they also run a wine bar in Borough Market.
With over 100 wines to choose from, you’re bound to find the perfect libation to pair with your lobster.
Whilst London Bridge might not scream holiday vibes (at least not for us Londoners), there’s one bar that’s channelling Riviera vibes this summer with an enviable outside terrace. At Coppa Club, walk through a whimsical flower tunnel and be whisked away to a balmy Mediterranean holiday.
From bright Bougainvillea plants in terracotta pots and twinkling festoon lights, to palm trees towering over Coppa Club’s famous pods to enjoy with friends, it’s the perfect place to soak up city views over a bottle of rosé. On weekdays, they have Rosé Hour between 5pm-7pm, where you can tuck into a bottle of rosé & two sharing plates for £45.
Where: 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6AH
If you want a speakeasy bar complete with a secret password, low-lighting and eclectic décor, look no further than Call Me Mr Lucky, tucked away under The Breakfast Club.
You’ll need to tell a member of staff that you’re “feeling lucky” to gain entry to this secret cocktail bar, and once inside you’ll find comfort food, cocktail specials and entertainment ‘til late.
A speakeasy bar complete with a secret password, low-lighting and eclectic décor
Where: 11 Southwark St, London SE1 1RQ
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Nestled in between Borough Market and The Shard, and just a stones throw away from London Bridge Station is Amazing Grace – a bar with a jaw-dropping mezzanine balcony housed inside a converted church.
Visually, it’s stunning, but night-life wise it’s even better, with cool club nights and gigs on most nights of the week, and brunch on weekends. The food menu is curated by Da Ja street food, loved for their South East Asian Flavours. Expect to dig into their famous Konnichiwage Gravy Dipping Chicken Burger, Halloumi Bites and Cripsy Pork & Prawn Wontons
Where: 9a St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY
You can’t beat the mix of food, drinks and sunshine. And Vinegar Yard has got it all – with a flea market and art to boot. Located right next to London Bridge Station, gather your friends in the sun in their huge outside area; and go under the cover of huge tents and outdoor heating in winter. Alongside an extensive drinks menu, the food traders offer a great choice for every taste.
Where: 72-82 St Thomas St, London SE1 3QX
Founded by Ben Lovett, member of Mumford & Sons, OMEARA is unsurprisingly one of the best bars in town for live music, hosting everything from gigs and indie club nights to 10-piece brass bands paying homage to Beyoncé.
Cocktails, craft beer and wine are on the menu – not to mention and impressive collection of tequila. Make sure to drop in for happy hour from 5pm – 7pm for their 2 for £10 Cocktail Of The Day offer.