Searching for the best London bars to drink in when you’re not drinking? If you’re resisting alcohol for Dry January, need a break from Christmas festivities, or you’re kicking the booze for good, start 2023 as your healthiest self with the best mocktails in London.
If you’re looking to maintain a social life this Dry January, here’s where to find the best non-alcoholic drinks in London.
If you’re steering away from the booze this month, you can still have a great time at OXO Tower Restaurant.
From their Cinnamon Banana Colada, shaking things up with banana, pineapple, cinnamon and coconut; their Seeds of Change cocktail, combining raspberries, pomegranate and guava juice; to their lychee, lime and coconut Oriental Chill cocktail, these mischievous mocktails will have you converted in no time.
Where: Barge House St, London SE1 9PH
Not only is Straits Bar the place to go for over 150 carefully curated champagnes and champagne-based Asian-inspired cocktails, it’s also the perfect spot to mark Dry January in style with a brand-new selection of 12 taste tantalising Signature Mocktails, all priced at £12 each.
Expect spectacular creations that are 0% alcohol but every bit as delicious as their alcoholic alternatives, such as the Berry Sensation, a unique fruity yet smoky aromatic mix of alcohol free Seedlip Spice with lemon juice, blackberry syrup, cranberry juice and soda water; a Yezi mocktail, blending Masala chai, pineapple and cranberry juice, homemade rice, lychee and coconut syrup, coconut milk, lime juice, and sherry vinegar; and the Guava Mary made with guava juice, lime juice, salt, fresh chili, mint and celery for those that want to spice things up.
Where: 80 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AB
This Kensington bar, opened by former Head Mixologist of The Savoy, Elon Soddu, has gained the acclaim of cocktail lovers from the capital, so its two new signature non-alcoholic cocktails are bound to be some of the best mocktails in London.
For a teetotal take on the iconic Italian cocktail, try the Aperibaldi, made with freshly squeezed orange, strawberry cordial, lemon juice, and Crodino.
Where: 15 Kensington High St, London W8 5NP
Dry January doesn’t have to mean disappointing drinks with Drake & Morgan’s selection of alcohol-free cocktails serving up flavour and flair without the fuzzy head.
Perfect for alcohol-free date nights and catch-ups with pals, sip on the refreshing Everleaf Ginger Spritz, made with Everleaf forest non-alcoholic spirit, fresh thyme, lemon juice, and sweet ginger beer.
Where: Multiple Locations
For those looking for a non-alcoholic cocktail option that still packs a flavourful punch, the options at Sloane Place and The Sloane Club are equally delicious.
Mocktails include a Virgin Basil Instinct, made with Seedlip Garden 108, homemade basil syrup, passion fruit puree, apple juice and fresh lemon); and Spiced Ginger with Seedlip Spice 94, ginger syrup, lemon juice, ginger beer and fresh mint.
Where: 60 Lower Sloane St, London SW1W 8BP
If you’re looking for a refreshing fix, look to the Cecil Beaton Bar at The Lane for inspiration.
The Peter Pan non-alcoholic cocktail is long and fresh, similar to a non-alcoholic mojito, mixing herby flavours with the bitterness of tonic and dry wine notes.
Where: Catherine St, London WC2B 5JF
Take to the skies this Dry January with GŎNG Bar’s non-alcoholic cocktails, located in the highest cocktail bar in Western Europe.
Known for their luxurious and indulgent cocktails, choose from a variety of options that are just as delicious and sophisticated as their alcoholic counterparts – from the Punjabi NA, made with Seedlip Citrus, sea buckthorn Bax Botanics, mango lassi, and fresh lime; to the Garden NA, made with Seedlip Garden 108, Bax Botanic Lemon Verbena, aromatic tea mix, fresh lime, and soda.
Where: Level 52, Shangri-La The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU
Dry January needn’t look boring. Just head to St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys for a buzzing night and a stunning backdrop. Of course, as Europe’s longest champagne bar, it’s known for its champagne, but their Dry January offering shouldn’t be missed either.
Try a glass of Wild Idol – a vegan, gluten-free and naturally alcohol-free sparkling alternative to wine and Champagne, handcrafted using the finest winemaking techniques and the highest quality grapes – or try it in a fizz-tastic non-alcoholic cocktail served alongside their famous afternoon tea and food menus.
They’ll also be serving it over at Searcys at The Gherkin if you’re looking for some sky-high sipping with 360-degree city views.
Where: St Pancras International Station, London N1C 4QL
Just one sip of The Churchill Bar & Terrace’s non-alcoholic cocktail list and you’re bound to think these carefully crafted mocktails are the real deal. Not only do the drinks excel in flavour and visuals, but the new non-alcoholic varieties are sustainably focused too, with carefully considered ingredients focused on seasonality and waste reduction.
Try delicious delights like The SensatiON, a tangy, juicy and fragrant drink made with grapefruit juice, hibiscus, rue berry, honey and ginger; The Bitter Soul, a unique combination of Aecorn aperitif non-alcoholic spirit, chamomile, orange and lemon, garnished with grated nutmeg and orange zest from discarded oranges from the kitchen; and The Winter Mood, made with cloudy apple juice, orgeat, lemon and ginger ale, garnished with chocolate and candied ginger like a winter dessert.
With cosy corners and roaring fires, it’s the perfect place to spend an evening trying alcohol free serves.
Missing your favourite cocktail? Even during Dry January you can still get your fix of refreshing tipples to tickle your fancy thanks to Lucky Voice and their wide variety of mocktails.
Their Low & No alcohol menu includes classics like the zesty ‘Like a Virgin’ mocktail and the fruity ‘Lucid Dreams’ mocktail to really get the sober party started.
Where: Multiple Locations
AllBright’s mocktails prove that you don’t always need an alcoholic beverage to quench your thirst.
At the private members club for women you’ll find a tantalising non-alcoholic version of an Aperol Spritz – a twist on a classic that’s perfect for sipping on their secluded rooftop terrace.
Where: 24-26 Maddox St, London W1S 1PP
Book a table for steak at Bar + Block this January and be greeted with an impressive list of options for dry drinkers.
Whether you’re committed to Dry January, detoxing after a big Christmas or just fancy trying something new, choose from a selection of cocktail favourites – minus the booze – with a Pornstar Martini, Espresso Martini or Strawberry Daiquiri made with Strykk, or choose a Cherry Bakewell with cranberry, cherry and orgeat syrup. There’s also a selection of 0% beers and cider for the non-cocktail drinkers.
Where: Multiple Locations
Created by The Maestro, Salvatore Calabrese and his team of mixologists, Dry January has never tasted so good at Velvet, where four exciting mocktails named after musical instruments featured in the bar are on the menu.
For something refreshing, try the Piano, a mix of pistachio orgeat, pressed coconut water and ginger bug.
Where: 10 Whitehall Pl, London SW1A 2BD
Sip the night away with cocktails especially created by The Lanesborough’s Bar Manager, Mickael Perron. The Library Bar is celebrating Dry January with an innovative menu of five non-alcoholic cocktails designed to replicate the look and flavour of some of their most popular beverages, with flavours that are rarely experienced in mocktails.
Choose from the likes of the Non Alcoholic Negroni with Atopia Spiced Citrus, Aecorn Aromatic Non-Alcoholic Aperitif and Martini Vibrante; and the X-Rated – a modern London classic prepared with passionfruit and mango juice, lifted with vanilla flavours and shaken with fresh lemon juice.
Where: Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
For some of the best mocktails in London, head to Long Bar this January, where they’re offering a range of non alcoholic cocktails alongside booze-free bubbles, courtesy of Wild Life Botanicals.
Our favourite alcohol-free tipple? ‘Remember The Time’, made using orange bitter, pink grapefruit & lychee syrup, fresh lime and tonic water.
Where: 50 Berners St, London W1T 3NG
The Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of the city, Angler has launched a brand new dinner this month, featuring a refreshing take on tipples without the alcohol.
Kicking off on Thursday 26th January, you’ll get a welcome Matcha Cocktail (0% ABV) and canapés, a selection of snacks like sea bass tartare, risotto and Yorkshire rhubarb, each paired with the perfect tea. Jameel Lalani, Founder of Lalani & Co, will introduce each tea, sharing tasting notes and anecdotes of his 13 years in the tea business. Bookings can be made via email to [email protected].
Where: 3 South Pl, London EC2M 2AF
Wipe away those Dry January blues and grab a mocktail from El Ta’koy, housed in 3 Henrietta Street. The Zingiber Lotus mocktail will whisk you away to tropical climes with its Hawaiian flavours of fresh ginger, lychee, and lime juice.
If you’re craving something a bit sweeter, the Strange & Fruity mocktail is for you. Made with pineapple juice, maple syrup, and lime juice, it’s a refreshing treat that won’t leave you with a hangover.
Where: 3 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8LU
The K Bar at The Kensington has teamed up with non-alcoholic spirit specialists, Lyres, to create a bespoke non-alcoholic cocktail menu this Dry January.
Priced at £12 each, choose from four expertly crafted mocktails including the Lyre’s Spritz, made up of Lyre’s Italian Orange, Zero Sparkling Rosé, and orange sherbet; and the January Mule made with Lyre’s Apéritif Rosso, elderflower, lemon, ginger ale, and ginger foam.
Where: 109-113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5JA
Here to offer you a helping hand during Dry January is The Prince Akatoki with their two special cocktails that don’t compromise on taste. Inspired by Japanese ingredients, every mocktail is a twist on a classic, where the name given to it is the predominant Japanese flavour.
Try the Ginger, a mix of Crossip Fresh Citrus Alcohol Free, Japanese Grenadine, and Ginger Kombucha; or go for the Orange, made with Everleaf Forest Non-Alcoholic Bittersweet Aperitif and a blend of oranges.
Where: 50 Great Cumberland Pl, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD
The place to go for a contemporary cocktail experience, The Franklin has a great selection of non-alcoholic cocktails on its Franklin Grand Tour menu, inspired by the British tradition of the Grand Tour to Europe and passion for classic cars.
In addition to its 10 cocktails, The Franklin Grand Tour features 4 state-of-the-art mocktails too – from the Parma, made with Seedlip Spice, homemade rhubarb cordial, lemon juice and Franklin Lemonade; to the Pisa, with Lyre’s Italian Orange, Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso, Franklin Mandarin and ginger soda water.
Where: 24 Egerton Gardens, London SW3 2DB
The Richmond Club has a range of sophisticated serves to sip on this Dry January – perfect for resting your body and mind after all the festivities. A highlight of the mocktail menu is the Virgin Apple Mojito, a refreshing blend of mint leaves, apple juice, lime juice, elderflower cordial and soda water.
Where: 115-117 Kew Rd, Richmond TW9 2PN
For those looking for virgin twists on amazing cocktails, look to 100 Queen’s Gate for inspiration. Hidden inside the hotel you’ll find their subterranean bar serving up a delicious selection of mocktails.
Choices include The Traveller, made with elderflower and alcohol-free prosecco; or go for the Harmony, combining mango, peach and apple.
Where: 100 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5AG
If you’re looking for some sober alternatives this January, try the selection at Bbar.
For those partaking in Dry January, look to their non-alcoholic options – we love their non-alcoholic cocktail of the month, the Mango and Ginger Sparker, but they’ve got well-made 0% wines on the menu too for those looking for a smooth sipping.
Where: 43 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0PP
The team at One Hundred Shoreditch have teamed up with non-alcoholic drinks brand, Crossip and spirits retailer, Drinks Distilled to create a brand new Moderation Menu in the Seed Library.
The limited-edition menu explores both low and non-alcoholic Crossip cocktail serves for guilt-free sipping. Visit the bar and you’ll also be treated to a Drinks Distilled goodie bag, containing a recipe card with ingredients to recreate one of the cocktails at home.
Where: 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ
Blind Spot, the speakeasy at St Martins Lane, offers a variety of mocktails within their ‘Spin the Globe’ menu – from the Oriental Garden with lychee, mango lemon and rosemary; to the Sticky Pineapple, with cranberry pineapple lime and caramel.
Where: 45 St Martin’s Ln, London WC2N 4HX
If you’re off the booze this month, you can still have all the fun at Hithe + Seek thanks to their sweeping views of the River Thames and a live DJ every Wednesday and Thursday evening.
This year they’ve combined Dry January and Veganuary with a special offer, where for £16.50 you’ll get one of their signature mocktails with a delicious smoked quinoa and baby vegetable salad to kick start your healthy New Year’s resolutions.
Where: 60 Upper Thames St., London EC4V 3AD
Kindred, the Hammersmith private members club, is serving up two dazzling mocktails at Cellar, their ground floor cafe and bar.
The Forest Spritz is a fun, fruity and herbaceous serve thanks to Everleaf’s Forest Aperitivo, peach and jasmine soda, and passion fruit ‘bubbles’; and the Arched Breeze, a dry and citrusy cooler conjured from a non-alcoholic juniper spirit, cranberry juice, pomelo and pink peppercorn tonic, garnished with a cucumber and raspberry powder around the rim.
Where: Bradmore House, Queen Caroline St, London W6 9BW
Liverpool Street’s Rake’s Café Bar has a selection of mocktails on offer this month, including one named after the ‘Designated Driver’ of the group, consisting of seedlip spice, peach, lime, sugar, chives and ginger ale. There’s also the ‘Exotic Escape’, a fruity mix of seedlip garden 108, passionfruit, coconut, soda, and tonic.
Where: 40 Liverpool St, London EC2M 7QN
Luxury Tudor hotel Great Fosters boasts several non-alcoholic cocktails options to try throughout the year.
Those missing the booze should try their Winter Tea, made with lychee, lemon, coconut and homemade blackberry tea; or the Apple Mule with apple, lime, ginger beer and cinnamon. With a roaring log fire and views over a stunning estate, it’s just the place to hunker down away from the January cold.
Where: Stroude Rd, Egham TW20 9UR
If you’re steering away from the booze this month, you can still have a good time at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill thanks to their mocktail menu, which is just as long as its boozy counterpart. With carefully tested blends of alcohol free spirits, sodas, house blend syrups and musts, their alcohol-free cocktails are just the ticket for all the fun without the fear.
We recommend trying the Citrus Fizz, a refreshing blend of Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Rum, grapefruit, lemon, and London Essence Tonic Water.
Where: 11-15 Swallow St, London W1B 4DG
Sexy Fish will keep you going this January with their selection of some of the best mocktails in London – from the Panoma, made with Everleaf Mountain, grapefruit, cranberry, ginger beer, salted lime and agave; to the Lower Manhattan with Everleaf Forest, Nikka From the Barrel Whisky and rosé cabernet.
The drinks can continue flowing even if you aren’t dabbling in the liquor this month thanks to The Piano Works’ extensive mocktail menu, where they’re creating alcohol-free versions of their entire cocktail menu – not just for Dry January, but the whole year round.
Choose non-alcoholic versions of their signature sips inspired by the top ten songs requested by their audience, such as It Wasn’t Me, Don’t Stop Me Now, and Empire State Of Mind; or opt for a teetotal version of classic cocktails like an Old Fashioned, French 75, or Aperol Spritz.
Where: Farringdon / West End