London’s Craft Cocktail Scene

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While grabbing a pint at a traditional British pub is a must for most visitors to London, England, those whom prefer a craft cocktail over a pint of beer can now revel in London’s thriving craft cocktail scene!

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With a nod to the 1920’s American prohibition era, most of the speakeasy-style cocktail bars can be found in unassuming buildings around central London. While majority of the bars can be hard to find, the hunt is worth the tasty libations awaiting you!

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Finding the perfect craft cocktail bar/speakeasy in London:

Research online. I like small, locally owned/operated bars with fewer crowds so I can converse easily with those whom I share a drink.

Make sure to get directions, an address and the password (if needed) for the door man.

Once you decide on a bar, call the speakeasy for reservations or make reservations online (if available).

A few of my favorite craft cocktail bars in London are:

Mr. Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair, is a trendy English-style speakeasy with décor reminiscent of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days.

Night Jar

in the trendy Shoreditch neighborhood of London, is the perfect cozy spot to enjoy live music and a lovingly crafted, incredibly imaginative cocktail.

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Milk & Honey

located in London’s fashionable Soho district, has an old-school speakeasy vibe perfect for conversation and to enjoy a tasty cocktail creation.


in London’s Chinatown, is a lovely mix of Asian-inspired craft cocktails with a modern twist. If your cocktails make you hungry, sample some of their delicious Dim Sum!

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