Coffee and cocktails… Has there ever been a better combination?! While the Espresso Martini is still relatively new on the cocktail scene (invented right here in Soho in 1983), its ever-growing popularity and general deliciousness has earned it a place on almost every cocktail menu in London. But with so much choice, where on earth do you start to find the best?

I’ve tried my fair share of the classic coffee cocktail over the years and, for the purposes of “research”, I’ve done the “hard” work for you and tried them all (okay, not all of them, but I’m working on it…). So here’s a list of the best-tasting, lip-smacking espresso martinis I’ve tried (so far) in London and where to get your hands on them. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it…

Home House

If you’re looking for a classic coffee cocktail that’s made to utter perfection, then make your way to Home House at your earliest possible opportunity.

Shaking together one of the best espresso martinis in all of London, spend your evening in The House Bar sipping the perfectly foamed crema, and nibble on delicious small plates like wagyu sliders and chocolate bombolini.

A classic coffee cocktail made to utter perfection.

Where: 20 Portman Square, London W1H 6LW
Website: www.homehouse.co.uk

The American Bar at The Stafford

For the very best of American bars, it has to be The Stafford. You only need to try their unique twist on the classics to see that where cocktails are concerned, they’re always top of our list.

The full cocktail menu boasts a selection of both classic and signature libations, and as for their Espresso Martini? Expect it to be served in a unique, long-stemmed coupe as well as being decaffeinated, which means you can drink five in a row without the caffeine-high just before bedtime. Dreamy!

Where: 16-18 St James’s Pl, St. James’s, London SW1A 1NJ
Website: www.thestaffordlondon.com/american-bar

Eataly

Eataly’s reputation of serving incredible Italian fare has seen them burst onto the London foodie scene with a bang. And their twist on the classic espresso martini really lives up to the Eatalian hype.

It’s a mocktail (so all of the flavour with none of the consequences – win!), and it’s made with coffee, almond milk, hazelnut cream & bay leaf syrup.

Their twist on the classic espresso martini really lives up to the Eatalian hype.

Where: 135 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3YD
Website: www.eataly.co.uk

Meraki Restaurant & Bar

Looking for a citrus twist on a classic? Then you should make your way to Meraki Restaurant & Bar at your earliest possible convenience to try the Apollo “Belvedere” Martini from their Greek Gods cocktail menu of delights.

They make their mark on the classic espresso martini recipe with Belvedere vodka, coffee liqueur, Hennessy VS Cognac, fresh orange juice and vanilla syrup. It’s the only thing you’ll want to be sipping alongside their delicious Meditteranean food and contemporary interiors.

Where: 80-82 Great Titchfield St., London W1W 7QT
Website: www.meraki-restaurant.com

Ricco Lounge

Wandering around Kensington in search of your next caffeinated cocktail fix? You’ll find a little slice of spiced Espresso Martini heaven over at Ricco Lounge.

Order their decadent ‘Greedy Martini’ and expect to be served an incredible concoction of Bacardi Spiced Rum, Spiced Caramel Syrup, Kahlua and Fresh Espresso.

You’ll find a little slice of spiced Espresso Martini heaven over at Ricco Lounge.

Where: 11 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ
Website: www.riccolounge.com

Rake’s Café Bar

Whatever time of day you want your coffee cocktail fix, Rake’s Café Bar on Liverpool Street has you covered for brunch through to dinner and late night cocktails. The espresso martini comes on request, but is just as tasty and brilliantly made as all the signature cocktails on the menu. Expect a classic espresso martini recipe, and a delicious one at that.

Where: 40 Liverpool St, London EC2M 7QN
Website: www.rakescafebar.co.uk

The Richmond Club

If you’re looking for your caffeine cocktail fix in South West London, then Richmond’s first Private Members Club, The Richmond Club is the perfect place to find it. A classic, but oh so satisfying Espresso Martini, shaken by the Club’s talented cocktail masters who pride themselves on flavour and presentation.

The luxurious tipple is a combination of bartenders favourite Ketel One Vodka, the refined Tosolini Expre Premium Espresso Coffee Liqueur and freshly made Espresso.

A classic, but oh so satisfying Espresso Martini.

Where: 115-117 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2PN
Website: www.therichmondclub.uk

Manetta’s Bar at Fleming’s Mayfair

Venture down to Manetta’s Bar at Fleming’s Mayfair for a delicious evening of gulping down some tasty sips. Their Espresso Martini is expertly mixed and punchy, mirroring the bar’s dark, sophisticated colour palette of black upholstery, polished rose gold detailing and opulent red velvet bar stools.

Where: 7-12 Half Moon St, London W1J 7BH
Website: www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk

The Stables Bar at The Milestone Hotel and Residences

Filled with an eclectic mix of equestrian collectables, sophisticated soft furnishings, and paintings from Belgian sporting artist Elie Lambert, the Stables Bar is one unique cocktail haunt, with a creative cocktail menu to match.

Here you can enjoy a vast selection of cocktails, but what you’ll really want to get your hands on is the Midnight Espresso – a twist on the Classic Espresso Martini with cognac, Kahlua, espresso and a dollop of cardamom ice cream.

Where: 1-3 Kensington Ct, London W8 5DL
Website: www.milestonehotel.com

London Shuffle Club

London Shuffle Club is known for being one of London’s best activity bars, but what about the cocktails? The Club has an extensive cocktail menu which changes seasonally, created by their dedicated bar team to bring customers a menu with something for everyone.

A firm favourite one the menu since opening their doors in 2018, their Espresso Martini is a Club signature cocktail. Shaken to perfection, this smooth rich tipple is the ideal accompaniment to a fast-paced game of lane or table shuffle, and the caffeine kick is sure to up your shufflin’ skills!

Where: 4 Ebor St, London E1 6AW
Website: www.londonshuffle.com

Aqua Spirit

Join Aqua Spirit, hidden high above Oxford Circus, for a menu of classic and creative cocktails. From the deep and sumptuous to the wicked and spicy, you’re bound to find your perfect fit.

Their signature Espresso Martini, which mixes Ketel One vodka, espresso, Kahlua and sugar syrup makes the perfect caffeinated drink to toast the night away.

 

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Where: 44 floor, 32 Argyll St, London W1F 7EB
Website: www.aquaspirit.co.uk

Bbar

Located beneath London’s largest Living Wall, and just a stone’s throw from Victoria Station and Buckingham Palace is Bbar where, alongside a South African inspired food menu, you’ll find contemporary signature cocktails crafted by expert mixologists.

Here, they stick to the classic and simple recipe, claiming that what makes theirs so delicious is all in the execution, shaking vigorously using the Japanese cocktail shaking technique, as well as using only the freshest coffee.

What makes theirs so delicious is all in the execution.

Where: 43 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0PP
Website: www.bbarlondon.com

The New York Bar at The Rubens At The Palace

Is it a cocktail?! Is it a dessert?! One thing’s for sure… we’ll be making our way to the Rubens At The Palace as soon as we possibly can!

A twist on the classic, this Espresso Martini is blended and served over ice in a pipe glass for a truly unique experience. Topped with cream, it’s the perfect dessert cocktail to elevate your evening (and take some seriously cool pics for the ‘gram).

The perfect dessert cocktail to elevate your evening.

Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0PS
Website: www.rubenshotel.com

London Cabaret Club

The London Cabaret Club are renowned for their cocktails, including the infamous Espresso Martini.

Expertly crafted by their talented and experienced bartenders, this classic and delicious cocktail can be enjoyed alongside their incredible cabaret show for a sophisticated evening of espresso-fuelled entertainment.

A sophisticated evening of espresso-fuelled entertainment.

Where: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1B 4DA
Website: www.thelondoncabaretclub.com


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