31 Of The Prettiest Bars In London For Picture-Perfect Cocktails

London isn’t short of beautiful places to visit. From pretty streets to pretty restaurants, there are picture-worthy spots around every corner. That extends to the bars, too! Though we love a good pub as much as the next Londoner, sometimes you want to go to a place where the drinks are great and the Instagram snaps are even better. So, in the spirit of this, we’ve rounded up the prettiest bars in London for your next night out.

1. The Coral Room at the Bloomsbury Hotel, Fitzrovia

Photo: The Coral Room

Created by designers Martin Brudnizki and Luke Edward Hall, The Coral Room is obviously a tonic for the eyes, with vibrant colours, parquet flooring, a classic marble-topped bar and other refined features. Can you guess what the overriding colour choice is throughout? Coral, of course! Naturally, there’s a creative, themed menu of cocktails to work your way through, too.

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

🚇 Nearest station is Tottenham Court Road.

2. The Bloomsbury Club, Fitzrovia

While you’re at the Bloomsbury Hotel, you don’t want to miss the venue’s other gorgeous bar – The Bloomsbury Club. It’s all polished wood, sinfully delicious cocktails, and divination in environs that are just as seductive as their Tarot-inspired cocktails. The cocktails can be selected according to your mood, so sink back in the velvet chairs and they’ll provide just the antidote you need for your day

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

🚇 Nearest station is Tottenham Court Road.

Photo: Mr Fogg’s

Add together jaw-dropping cocktails, verdant plants, and stunning Instagrammable interiors and you come up with a picturesque dreamland. Such is the case at Mr Fogg’s gin-heavy drinking spot, the House of Botanicals. This fine establishment could virtually double as a garden centre, given the shrubs, vines, and flowers covering the walls and ceilings. And they have a very lovely floral-inspired cocktail menu to boot.

It’s worth noting, however, that every Mr Fogg’s venue could be individually recognised as one of London’s prettiest bars. There’s the Victorian-era Mr Fogg’s Tavern, the mysterious Mr Fogg’s Pawnbroker full of oddities and curiosities from around the world, and more. Do check out your nearest one for a simply stunning bar.

📍 48 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1QQ.

🚇 Nearest station is Goodge Street.

4. Goods Way, King’s Cross

Photo: Goods Way

Goods Way is a multi-venue, New Orleans-inspired hangout with top cocktails and delicious food. The venue is the sum of many parts, but cocktails can be found at Sweetwater, a fantastic American-style cocktail bar channelling the spirit of New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta, or hidden speakeasy Nola’s – but you’ll have to book a private party to take advantage of Nola and its hidden entrance!

📍 11 Goods Way, N1C 4UR.

🚇 Nearest station is King’s Cross St. Pancras.

5. A Bar with Shapes for a Name, Hoxton

Themed as an ode to the Bauhaus design aesthetic and mentality, this bar is minimal and clean in the most stunning way. It feels like it straddles two worlds at once, with one foot in the past, and one foot firmly in the present, with a timeless design that evokes 2001: A Space Odyssey and retro TV cabinets. The cocktails are similarly minimal, betraying little of the complexity that they hide – much like the bar itself. They also get props for probably having the best-dressed staff of any cocktail bar, with each staff-member donning their own individually hued jumpsuit. Stunning!

📍232 Kingsland Road, E2 8AX.

🚇 Nearest station is Haggerston.

6. Tayēr + Elementary, Old Street

a horseshoe shaped bar surrounded by wooden stools in low lighting
Credit: Tayēr + Elementary

Keeping up with the minimalist theme – Tayēr + Elementary may not be jaw-droppingly gorgeous, but plenty are sure to appreciate the venue’s mixture of textures and materials, thus its inclusion in this list of London’s prettiest bars. The bar’s two rooms are unique, but clearly interlinked, with industrial and luxe touches intertwining.

📍 152 Old Street, EC1V 9BW.

🚇 Nearest station is Old Street.

7. Girlfriend, Clapham

If you don’t LOVE pink, then best to steer clear of Clapham’s Girlfriend. But the rest of us who enjoy fun things get to absolutely delight in the sheer, brash, pink-ness of the bar. It’s all very tongue in cheek, with doctored art prints, neon signs, and even a ‘Queen of Pink’ cocktail. Frankly, we’ll take a slice of fun over a super-serious bar any day!

📍 40 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EE.

🚇 Nearest station is Clapham Junction.

the la goccia bar, with a gorgeous flower printed bar to the right, and plush seating scattered around
Credit: La Goccia – Petersham Nurseries

The central London outpost of Richmond’s Petersham Nurseries is as beautiful as you’d expect. And the restaurant’s bar, hidden behind a velvet curtain, serves up some bloomin’ lovely botanical cocktails inspired by the brand’s floral heritage.

📍 1 Floral Court, WC2E 9FB.

🚇 Nearest stations are Covent Garden and Leicester Square.

9. Nine Lives, London Bridge

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Photo: Nine Lives

A beautiful, subterranean tropical oasis, Nine Lives is one of London Bridge’s best kept secrets, as well as one of the prettiest bars in London. Expect lots of lovely rattan lampshades and lush greenery – and a carefully curated list of fabulous cocktails, of course.

📍 8 Holyrood Street, SE1 2EL.

🚇 Nearest station is London Bridge.

the distillery in laki kane, showing a copper still surrounded by tiki touches, set atop a table
Credit: Laki Kane

This tropical paradise will whisk you away to warmer climes, especially when you’ve got one of their artisanal rum cocktails in hand – made with their own rum! The décor very much nods to tiki bars, but on the classy end of the spectrum. Laki Kane is Polynesian for ‘lucky person’, and we must admit it’s a pretty apt name. Head along for your next night out, you laki thing.

📍 144-145 Upper Street, N1 1QY.

🚇 Nearest station is Essex Road.

the bar at silverleaf, with row after row of spirits behind the bar
Credit: Julian Abrams

For pure opulence and luxury, with some of the lowest lighting around, head to Silverleaf. Coming from some of the best names in the cocktail and bar world of London, it’s a masterclass in sophisticated drinking – but still fun! Be sure to check out the secret whiskey bar while you’re there, too.

📍 3rd Floor, Devonshire House, 3 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4JX.

🚇 Nearest station is Liverpool Street.

12. Sketch, Mayfair

the glade room at sketch, a forest filled room with a dazzling verdant design scheme
Credit: Ryan and Robert Photography, via @sketchlondon on IG

Ah, sketch. Where to even begin? This place serves high-end food and cocktails in breathtaking surroundings. Every inch of it, across five different venues with individual identities, is begging to be Instagrammed. There’s The Gallery, a gastro-brasserie famous for its afternoon tea, The Lecture Room, a fancy sunset-themed room serving Michelin-starred food, The Parlour, a more affordable affair that focuses on cocktails and small bites, the East Bar & Pods with the famously Instagrammable toilets, and, last but not least, The Glade, a stunning, verdant, paradise. Whew, I’m out of breath!

📍 9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XG.

🚇 Nearest station is Oxford Circus.

13. Disrepute, Soho

the seating area at Disrepute, with mirror-lined walls and velvet-wrapped seating
Credit: Disrepute, via FB

This hidden gem bills itself as a “hideaway for luxury libations, high jinks & late night liaisons,” and they purposely keep the lights low so you have to constantly lean forward to see your drinking partner. It’s all rather seductive and enchanting.

📍 4 Kingly Court, W1F 9RR.

🚇 Nearest station is Oxford Circus.

Photo: Dalloway Terrace

You’ve probably seen this place on your Instagram feed once or thrice, and for good reason. This cute courtyard is known for its spectacular seasonal makeovers, with autumn being a particular favourite of ours. With a stunning backdrop of seasonal foliage illuminated by twinkling lights, it’s the perfect spot for an afternoon cocktail, and easily one of the prettiest bars in town.

📍 16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NN.

🚇 Nearest station is Tottenham Court Road.

South London’s jungle paradise is filled with Latin American-inspired cocktails, lots of local beer, plus the option to order food from the market straight to your table. Accessed via a secret staircase in a corner of Brixton Village market, it’s a great spot to visit year-round – one of the few rooftops that keeps the summer vibes going throughout the year.

(NOTE: Closed until end of March/early April for extensions!)

📍 Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS.

🚇 Nearest station is Brixton.

16. Lyaness, South Bank

the blue, gold, and silver hued interior of one of London's prettiest bars, Lyaness
Credit: Lyaness

Coming in at number 23 on 2023’s Top 50 Cocktail Bars In The UK list, Lyaness is an absolutely stunning bar with spectacular drinks. No wonder, since it was once home to the World’s Best Cocktail Bar Dandelyan. Sumptuously decorated, and wildly inventive, each cocktail at Lyaness is built around unusual ingredients that merge the alien and weird into something the delicious. And that blue, gold, and silver colour scheme? Absolutely to die for! It’s easily one of London’s prettiest bars.

📍 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD.

🚇 Nearest stations are Blackfriars and Southwark

17. Eve Bar, Covent Garden

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Photo: Eve Bar

Hidden beneath Covent Garden, one of the prettiest bars in London comes complete with a sinful twist. The Eve Bar is full of temptation, indulgence, and hedonism – and they invite you to partake in the three most fun of the seven deadly sins: greed, lust, and gluttony. With a huge list of inventive and beautifully presented cocktails, as well as some seriously stunning interiors, Eve is pretty close to being Heaven on Earth. But far more fun.

📍 34 Southampton Street, WC2E 7HF.

🚇 Nearest stations are Temple and Covent Garden.

some of the seating area in front of the backlit bar at viajante87, with a large blue piece of lit decor to the right
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If you love tequila and gorgeous interiors, this is the bar for you. Viajante87 is a new, low-waste cocktail bar that uses experimental techniques dreamed up in their “secret basement mixology lab” to highlight their agave-centred offerings. All this is done in a discreet subterranean bar beneath the streets of Notting Hill, with low-lighting and seductive vibes. We’re not sure what’s prettier – the bar or the cocktails!

📍 Basement, 87 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JZ.

🚇 Nearest station is Notting Hill Gate.

19. Burlock, Marylebone

the interior of burlock with a lamp-lit bar up front leading to an eclectically decorated drinking area
Credit: Burlock

This buzzing basement bar stocks over 200 rums from all over the world, and you’ll find them mixed into an array of colourful cocktails. If you like to party Cuban-style (i.e. dancing all night long), this place will be right up your street. The golden lighting and eclectic décor give the place tons of charm.

📍 31 Duke Street, W1U 1LG.

🚇 Nearest station is Bond Street.

20. Little Orange Door, Clapham

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Photo: Little Orange Door

This place feels just like home, which is entirely the point. Just like award-winning cocktail bar Little Blue Door, the Little Orange Door (note the difference) is designed to replicate old school house party vibes, with DJs, dinner parties and bottomless brunches taking over the kitchen, living room and bathroom. As you’d expect from one of South London’s prettiest bars, each room is a feast for the eyes, with surprises behind every door.

Just like the Mr. Fogg’s collection of drinking holes and bars, though, every Little Door bar is a stunning venue – so do seek out whichever is closest to you!

📍 16a Clapham Common South Side, SW4 7AB.

🚇 Nearest station is Clapham Common.

21. 14 Hills, City of London

the lounge seating area next to the bar, with liquor and wine fridges in the background of the lowly lit environs
Credit: 14 Hills

If we’re being honest, rooftop and sky-high bars are already working on a pretty high standard of gorgeousness, given the views they can command. But at 14 Hills, the interior is so gorgeous that you might not even glance out the windows. Set on the 14th floor (see what they did there?) of Fen Court, 14 Hills is chock-a-block full of trees and plants coming at you from every direction.

📍 14th floor, 120 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 5BA.

🚇 Nearest station is Fenchurch Street.

the upstairs bar of Amazing Grace in London Bridge
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Amazing Grace is the kind of day-to-night bar that we wish London had more of, with incredible Thai food, stunning interiors, and nights full of live music and revelry. Oh, and did we mention that it’s situated inside a converted 17th century church? Yeah, bars don’t get much prettier than this!

📍 9a St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY.

🚇 Nearest station is London Bridge.

23. aspen & meursault, Battersea

Did Chris Martin write the Coldplay track ‘Yellow’ about this delightful, blonde-hued bar? Well, no. But it’s unlikely you’ll be able to leave without humming to yourself “and it was all yellow”. Fret not, though, the team behind Battersea’s aspen & meursault haven’t created an assault on the senses, instead the shades of yellow that fill this gorgeous bar are (somehow) soothing and warm. It’s a delightful place to while away an evening with a few glasses of wine and nibbles.

📍 96 Westbridge Road, SW11 3PH.

🚇 Nearest stations are Battersea Park and Clapham Junction.

the gorgeous teal and bronze accented bar at booking office 1869, one of London's prettiest bars
Credit: Booking Office 1869

Booking Office 1869 brings the glamour of the past firmly into the present. The bar is a reimagining of the original nineteenth century St Pancras ticket hall and is the only bar in London that we would describe as having incredible drip. It’s glitzy, glamorous, and downright envious. As a plus, it’s open all day, everyday, from 7 until late. More than just one of London’s prettiest bars, it’s arguably one of the prettiest rooms in all of London.

📍 St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Rod, NW1 2AR.

🚇 Nearest station is King’s Cross St. Pancras.

25. Heads + Tails, West Hampstead

the bar at heads + tails, ringed by teal cushioned bar stools
Credit: Heads + Tails

Functioning as two bars in one, the décor and lighting at Heads + Tails reflects the offerings of each bar. Upstairs it’s gorgeously bright, with gold and brass touches accented by sky blue velvet – the perfect setting for aperitifs. Downstairs is much more moody, with exposed brick walls and an underlit bar – perfect for lounging back for a relaxed night, whiskey in hand.

📍 175 W End Lane, NW6 2LH.

🚇 Nearest station is West Hampstead.

the wooden bar in the TT Cellar Bar, surounded by period touches like the flooring and rough stone walls
Credit: TT Liquor

Hidden beneath their unassuming liquor store, the TT Cellar Bar somehow makes the former cells of a Victorian police station warm and inviting whilst retaining quite a few period touches. The walls hearken back to the site’s original purpose, but intimate booths and soft lighting make the place feel cosy. There’s also a secluded garden roof terrace, where they serve a seasonal spritz menu, pizza, and prosecco on tap. The venue also does liquor tastings and cocktail classes across multiple rooms in their venue.

📍 17B Kingsland Road, E2 8AA.

🚇 Nearest station is Hoxton.

27. Gordon’s Wine Bar, Charing Cross

two people sat in the wine cave at Gordon's Wine Bar, clinking glasses in the low-ceilinged candle-lit atmosphere
Photo: Paul Marc Mitchell, via Gordon’s Wine Bar

London’s oldest wine bar serves up an absolutely unparalleled drinking experience in a space like no other. Tuck yourself in underneath the low ceilings of their wine cave, and toss back a few glasses in the gorgeously romantic, candle-lit setting. Mind your head as you get up though!

📍 47 Villiers Street, WC2N 6NE.

🚇 Nearest station is Charing Cross.

the softly-lit interiors of Lucy Wong, with plush seating in a homely-looking setting
Credit: Lucy Wong

A bar inspired by 1950’s Hong Kong that styles itself as the locale for a sophisticated socialite’s house party can only be an absolutely gorgeous venue. There’s a low-lit red-hued vibe to Lucy Wong’s venue that recalls Wong Kar Wai films and seductive glamour. In a word: stunning!

📍 33-34 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JN.

🚇 Nearest station is Tottenham Court Road.

a shot of florattica, whose floral installation hangs above the bar and spread out seating area, with a view of london visible out the windows to the right
Credit: Florattica

When you don’t even mention that your bar has views of St Paul’s, you’ve got to be pretty confident that you’ve got a gorgeous venue. And Florattica sure does! Drawing inspiration from London’s textiles history, the whole place is sumptuously kitted out in florals and gorgeous fabrics. The lighting is even hidden among the flowers that line the ceiling of the venue – it’s a flower paradise and a must-include in any roundup of London’s prettiest bars!

📍 11-15 Minories, London EC3N 1AX. 

🚇 Nearest station is Aldgate.

30. The Vault, Soho

Hidden behind a bookshelf at the rear of London’s oldest whiskey shop, Milroy’s of Soho, is The Vault – one the most spectacular drinking holes in London. Head here to sip on some seriously special whiskeys, or simply for a spirited night out with gorgeous cocktails and drinks from a seasonally-changing menu.

📍 Through the bookcase, 3 Greek Street, W1D 4NX.

🚇 Nearest station is Tottenham Court Road.

31. Christina’s, Shoreditch

This all-day cocktail spot is all about gorgeously peaceful vibes and astoundingly pretty cocktails. With a focus on sustainability, and left-of-centre and wild ingredients, the cocktail menu features some of Britain’s most exciting artisan producers. Products from small-batch vermouth producers and local distillers are used in a list of cocktails inspired by Italian Aperitivo culture. Colour us intrigued by their Rosehip Cosmo and the Alexander Seed Negroni – which swaps the gin out for an Alexander Seed distillate that goes more piney/floral than the traditional spirit. And the copper-clad bar and eclectic foliage-driven decor have you constantly gazing around at your gorgeous environs. It’s cosily gorgeous, welcomingly intriguing, and very, very Shoreditch – in the best possible way.

📍 45 Curtain Road, EC2A 3PT.

🚇 Nearest station is Shoreditch High Street.

So, there you have it. Whether you’re simply wanting to spend the evening in a gorgeous environment, or desperately need new content for the gram, these are the prettiest bars in London – without sacrificing the quality of your cocktail!

Also published on Medium.