The West End of London, was once favoured by the rich elite as a place of residence because it was usually upwind of the smoke drifting in from the crowded City. Nowadays it’s better known for being a tourist friendly playground due to the plethora of theatres, swanky Mayfair hotels, grand parade of shops at Regent’s Park, Soho restaurants and last but not least, the best bars in London. We’ve compiled a few of our favourite London bars that the West End has to offer.
Located in Sloane Square, Tonteria is a Mexican themed restaurant and bar where you can unwind with a tequila, or two, and snack on some suitably themed tapas. Getting into the swing of the things are the cocktails served in traditional Mexican wrestler masks, which are served on a toy train that chugs its way round the tables. Tonteria is an intimate sized venue as far as London nightclubs go but it’s still certainly big enough for a dance off that you’ll be brave enough to do after the tequila train has stopped at your table enough times!
From Mexico to Austria, Bodo’s Schloss is an Austrian themed ski lodge-styled restaurant, bar and old-fashioned disco in Kensington. One perfectly manicured London toe through the entrance lands you in a wooden haven with stag heads and sledges adorning the walls. The waiters shimmy around in traditional leiderhosen, what else? The DJ spins their tracks from inside an old ski lift and if you haven’t been sold already, the best part, as always, are the cocktails. Our favourite is the Ski boot, where the cocktail is served in…you guessed it, an actual ski boot.
Ping is no bar for the faint hearted, guests at the Earl’s Court bar, are of only the highest mustard of athletic ability. The fine art of ping pong, dates back many centuries and is only attempted by the bravest of souls. Luckily Ping has provided the venue for some seriously tough matches, they’ve also thrown in pizza and cocktails for good measure. For those over whelmed by high intensity table tennis matches, they can relax in the laid back and rustic environment at one of the most thrilling bars in London.
We’ve gone across the pond this time, for a New York warehouse themed in the shape of London nightclub, Dukebox. Guests can expect to be bombed with confetti, mingle with staff dressed in 18th Century military attire and share cocktails served by soldiers in giant egg cups. This Chelsea club also offers waltzer car booths, private underground caves and a merry go round on the dance floor making it one of the best bars in London, in our opinion of course.