The best cocktail bars in London for summer 2022 (and beyond)

In urgent need? Scroll straight down for our top pick of London’s best cocktail bars… we won’t be offended. 

It’s not that we’ve got anything against a glass of wine, or even a humble yet refreshing pint of beer, but there’s something about a cocktail – particularly in the summer months – that really gets us going. 

Whether you’re a fan of sweet concoctions that come in a tall glass with half a fruit salad floating around in it or something more sultry to sip on – hello, smoky Old Fashioned, we love you – the capital’s cocktail bars have something for everyone, every taste and every occasion – and, to be honest, a lot of quirky options besides.

Whether you’re a fan of a tipple that comes with all the bells and whistles attached or just a straight-up, ‘does what it says on the tin’ option, there’s a bar hidden somewhere within the busy streets of the city to suit – and we’ve taken the time to properly research the best ones (well, someone had to do it). 

Below you’ll find the creme-de-la-creme of London‘s cocktail scene – we promise you’ll never go thirsty again. 

Oh, and if you want to feel the fresh air on your face, we’ve also rounded up the best rooftop bars in London. There’s something for everyone!