Instagrammable Bars In London

These days the seal of approval doesn’t just come from the critics, it comes from the endless hashtags, aspirational reels and influencers who walk through the doors. As soon as you’ve got a photo on the ‘gram of ‘someone in-the-know’, you’re set. 

Whether you’re looking for date recommendations or you just want to know where’s ‘hot’ in London right now, we’ve put together a guide of the most talked about – or, rather, Instagrammed – bars across the city. For even more noteworthy gems, take a look at London’s most Instagrammable restaurants and cafes.

 

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Fitz’s Bar

Hidden inside the Grade II listed hotel, Kimpton Fitzroy London, the Fitz’s Bar has become renowned for its flamboyant interiors, iconic Jazz Age mirrorball and seriously delicious cocktails. 

Head here to soak up the decadence, from the Ostrich feathers and crocodile-skin wallpaper to the dazzling mirrorball that cascades from the ceiling. The curated drinks list will make you want to sip late into the night, enjoy everything from spirits to sparkling wine.

KIMPTON FITZROY LONDON, RUSSELL SQUARE, LONDON WC1B 5BE

WWW.FITZS.CO.UK

Lyaness

There’s a reason that Lyaness keeps on winning award after award. Firstly, its interiors are impeccable – think mirrored tables, velvet seating and gold finishes. Secondly, it’s the brainchild of the award-winning Mr Lyan and is home to cocktails designed around the ingredients rather than cocktail type. 

There’s a cocktail to suit every taste, from sweet fruity numbers to spiced and sharp. Pair them with views over the Thames and you’ve got yourself a date destination that you can’t fault.

SEA CONTAINERS LONDON, 20 UPPER GROUND, SE1 9PD

www.lyaness.com

 

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The Berkeley Bar & Terrace

Conceived by Irish interior designer Bryan O’Sullivan, The Berkeley Bar & Terrace is inspired by old world glamour. 

Every seat at this bar is special but if you can, try to book in for The Snug. The stunning face mural, painted by New York-based artist TM Davy, is the central feature here, alongside its own sound system and call-for-service button.

The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL 

www.the-berkeley.co.uk

The Coral Room

It’s hard not to include The Coral Room when it’s as bold as it is. The pinkish-red walls and jewel-lined bar stools are enough of a pull to this Insta approved venue. 

Plus, you can’t fault the cocktails – from the Hanky Panky, made with Regal Rogue Vermouth Red, Tanqueray gin and Fernet Branca Liqueur to the bartender’s choice, including a Banana Daiquiri for those daring enough to try it

16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN 

www.thecoralroom.co.uk

 

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Louie London

Brought to life by the team behind Chiltern Firehouse’s Guillaume Glipa and Paris Society, Louie London is a four-storey townhouse restaurant-bar. 

The night to head down is Tuesday as they’re always hosting regular jazz nights, complete with cocktails and snacks of course.

13-15 West Street, WC2H 9NE

www.louie-london.com

The Painter’s Room, Claridge’s

Every ounce of Claridge’s is breathtaking and if you’re yet to visit, The Painter’s Room might just convince you. Inspired by the arty haunts in Provence and Italy, the art deco style bar is a cosy speakeasy. Expect tones of light baby pinks, velvet curtains and art lining the walls. 

The cocktails focus on flavours of southern Europe, with a particular focus on fresh flavours from small-batch labels. 

And with the unveiling of Claridge’s first ever spa  earlier this year, there’s no excuse not to head down to experience this iconic hotel in all its glory.

Claridge’s, Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR

www.claridges.co.uk

 

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Booking Office 1869

Opening late last year, Booking Office 1869 is the brainchild of hotelier and developer, Harry Handelsman (Chiltern Firehouse, The Stratford). He worked with Parisian designer Hugo Toro, creating a muse inspired by the original 19th century St. Pancras ticket hall. 

Seating 120, the room has huge dominating interiors, from the eight 8-metre tall palm trees and pendant lights to the 22-metre long bar.

EUSTON ROAD, NW1 2AR

WWW.BOOKING-OFFICE.CO.UK

Doña

Seriously, if pink is your thing, you’ll love how dreamy Doña is. Doña was an easy inclusion with its dreamy pink hues, sparky jazz club vibes and being hugely female-led. 

Open Tuesday through to Saturday, the bar specialises in temptingly good Mezcal cocktails, and we can already vouch that our favourite is the Fiorella packed full of Dangerous Don Mezcal, ginger, supasawa, agave, lime wheel and coffee beans.

92 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7NY 

www.bardonalondon.com

 

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The Connaught Bar

Renowned for topping the charts on just about every ‘World’s Best Bar’ list, The Connaught Bar doesn’t disappoint. Inspired by 1920s English and Irish Cubism, expect every corner of the space to be stylish. Think textured walls in platinum silver leaf and a cool grey bar lined with just about every spirit imaginable. 

Every single aspect of the bar and their offerings has been dreamt up, with cocktails just as Insta-worthy as the interiors.

Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL

www.the-connaught.co.uk

The Red Room at The Connaught

It’s hard to pick just the one bar at The Connaught so naturally we’ve included two. Reserved for only those in the know, the Red Room can be accessed only through a velvet-curtained doorway from the hotel’s Champagne Room. 

Inside, the space will take your breath away thanks to Bryan O’Sullivan’s mastery. Think a red-flecked marble fireplace, dazzling pink onyx bar and the finest Italian craftsmanship. 

Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL

www.the-connaught.co.uk

 

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Blame Gloria

A bar designed with dancing in mind, Covent Garden’s Blame Gloria still reigns supreme when it comes to dazzling bars. 

Every corner is ready to be snapped for the ‘gram – expect over-the-top printed wallpaper, exposed brick painted with rosy-pink flowers and shimmery metallic curtains.

20 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9HP 

www.blamegloria.co.uk

14 Hills

Armed with brilliant brunch, innovative cocktails and interiors that look like they’ve been plucked from Pinterest, 14 Hills is every budding influencer’s dream. Seal the deal this date night and book in for a cosy night of cocktails, dinner and views. 

Their bar is a destination in itself, perfect for post-work cocktails or an all important nightcap after dinner. We love the Last Drink, made of Hennessy VS Cognac, butterscotch, orange bitter and coffee aroma.

14TH FLOOR, 120 FENCHURCH STREET, EC3M 5BA

www.14hills.co.uk

 

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The Glade, sketch

Renowned worldwide for its mesmerising interiors and pod-like loos, sketch is home to interiors you literally won’t find anywhere else. 

Head inside the maze-like building and make sure to grab a table – or, at least, peek inside – The Glade. Regularly hosting installations and art collections, the woodland inspired interiors will make you feel as if you’re perched in the countryside, drinking and dining amongst nature.

9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2XG 

www.sketch.london

Cahoots

The speakeasy every Londoner knows about, Cahoots is inspired by the 1940s. Located in Soho, its interiors replicate an abandoned train station and is made up of three parts: The Underground, Ticket Hall and Control Room. 

The Underground will see your step inside a vintage tube carriage, complete with underground signs and booth seating, while The Ticket Hall is now home to the black market for liquor and cocktails for all your scoundrels. The Control Room, set in the centre of the disused train station, is filled out with danger-marked levers, wires, switchboards and flashing lights. Oh and plenty of cocktails and shindigs too.

5 Kingly Street, Carnaby, W1B 5PF

www.cahoots-london.com

 

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Sexy Fish

Beauty is in the name with this one, with Sexy Fish serving up one of London’s hottest must-visit bars. 

The restaurant brought in giant international names like the Martin Brudnizki Design Studio team and architect Frank Gehry to create sensational underwater motifs across the space, from the giant fish gracing the walls of the dining room to the mermaids lining the deep pink-toned bar.

Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BR 

www.sexyfish.com

Waeska at The Mandrake

The Mandrake is filled with mystery and mischievousness. In the warmer months you’ll find The Handbook team sitting back at their hanging garden terrace, but in the cooler months, we’ll be perched on a pew at Waeska. 

The hotel’s bar is renowned for its unusual creature that’s positioned above the bar. Named Fable, the half gazelle, half peacock hybrid just adds to the charm of this place. Excellent cocktails await you here.

20-21 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1PG 

www.themandrake.com

 

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Bar Crispin

Located on Soho’s Kingly Street, Bar Crispin is from the brains behind Spitalfields’ all-day cafe Crispin, but of course, in bar form. Centred around the idea of sharing, the focus is on all natural wines and seasonal plates designed to be enjoyed in groups – expect small scale producers and sustainability to also play a part here. 

Pitch up, order a bottle from their carefully curated list and dig into dishes packed with flavour, natural ingredients and colour.

19 Kingly Street, Carnaby, W1B 5PY 

www.barcrispin.com

Amazonico

For rainforest vibes, it’s got to be Amazonico. The Berkeley Square haunt has become the go-to place to head for a next level date night. 

Interiors are inspired by the Amazon rainforest, complete with hanging palms, exotic animals and gold touches. Pull up a pew at the bar and sip on cocktails like Save the Jungle, made up of Yaguara Cachaça, lime, tamarillo and anise low ABV.

10 Berkeley Square, W1J 6BR 

www.amazonicorestaurant.com

Mayahuel Mezcaleria

Sexy, passionate and date night worthy, Mayahuel Mezcaleria is Wigmore Street’s secret weapon. This recently opened bar brings a little slice of Mexico to London courtesy of Head Bartender, Manuel Lema. 

The space is dark and moody, offering up the perfect spot for a first date or a catch-up with close friends. Expect a mix of innovative cocktails, from the Jalisco Sour, made with Arete Blanco, fresh jalapenos,lime juice, agave syrup and egg white to the Agüita, consisting of Herradura Plata, Cointreau, hibiscus syrup, fresh lime juice and sour beer.

60 Wigmore Street, W1U 2RZ

www.mayahuelmezcaleria.co.uk

The Perception

From dazzling disco balls to flashing neon lights, The Perception Bar is destined for the ‘gram. Located inside Wardour Street’s W London, the bar is open from breakfast until the wee hours of the morning, meaning you can soak up the action whether you’re an early bird or night owl. 

There are always great events, from their legendary citrusy brunch to drag shows and Halloween parties. You’ll always have a good time here.

10 Wardour Street, W1D 6QF 

www.theperceptionbar.com

 

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Bar Daskal

A brand new Spanish wine bar from the team behind the likes of Barrafina and Parrillan, Bar Daskal is named after the owners. Sam, Eddie and James Hart’s grandfather Vladimir Daskaloff, an artist who was Paul Klee’s student, draws a lot of inspiration from the family’s upbringing. 

The wine list has been created by the group’s wine buyer Rafa Martin and head of beverage Nick Jackson, pulling in staple bottles from Barrafina, as well as some new extensions to the range. 

The interiors are simple yet stylish – expect a muted palette with a few bursts of colour designed for an Insta story or two.

16 Park Street, SE1 9AB 

www.bardaskal.co.uk

Little Scarlet Door

Following in its siblings footsteps, the Little Scarlet Door opened up earlier this year with great praise and eccentric interiors. It takes inspiration from New York’s iconic loft apartments, nodding to their pared back, industrial interiors, from raw plastered walls and concrete flooring to bare brickwork. But of course, being situated in the heart of Soho, it’s got touches of the vibrant neighbourhood too. Expect leather and plush velvet upholstery and bold colourways of red, pinks, greens and neon.  

Sharing cocktails will be on hand to help you throw a great night out. Served in vases and mixing bowls from the kitchen, sip on the likes of the Little Miss Sunshine, made of Hendricks gin, Reyka vodka, St Germain, apple, rosemary and sage and the La La Land, a mix of 42 Below vodka, raspberry, Martini Rose, Mozart white and vanilla. Expect other signature serves named after your favourite TV shows and movies too.

12-13 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DL

www.thelittlescarletdoor.co.uk

Heads + Tails

This one may have only opened in 2018 but it’s already secured a place on both the UK’s Top-50 Bars and the World’s top 500 Bars lists, so you know you’re in for a treat. 

Home to turquoise and gold touches, this bar sparkles from day to night. Grab a bottle of fizz for you and your table, alongside some of their noteworthy bar snacks – from zaatar and smokey sundried tomatoes on sourdough to grilled triple-cheese sandwiches stacked with smoked chilli jelly, micro rocket and cornichons – and you’ve got a recipe for success.

175 West End Lane, NW6 2LH

www.headsandtails.bar


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