London is one the 10 favourite cities of Party with a Local team. As the metropolis is pretty massive (8 Amsterdams could fit in it!), it has tons of incredible places – for all the possible tastes – to visit and to have fun. Some of them have just opened, others have been around for centuries!
If you have a chance to be in London on a weekend, or even better during the week (to catch one of the unforgettable happy hours), check out some cool tips from the locals – Fernanda: Mexican that lives in London for 11 years and Candy: from Hong-Kong, currently lives in Amsterdam, but spent 5 years of her life in Albion.
Soundtrack while you are scrolling down the bars: Babyshambles – Albion
The best thing about this place it’s its
bloody mary, no, we actually wanted to say, bloody good cocktails, in general. Dried herbs, flower petals, berries, fruits and pretty much anything that looks and smells delicious, goes in the drinks that by the way aren’t that expensive. We advice to try some pretty crazy infusions of caramel tequila, milk chocolate vodka, chilli nutella cognac and much more, see the menu here.
If you are not a fan of experiments, the venue also serves pretty good wines and champagnes and a great selection of beer and cider. Wicked music is also guaranteed! Better drop by during the week to get 2-for-1 drinks from 8pm-9pm.
Address: 93 Marylebone High St, W1U 4RE (map)
Dress code: London calling baby, so turn that swag on!
Prices: Pick-n-mix alcoholic infusions: 5 for £15 or 8 for £20, food (Mediterranean sharing platters) – £7.50 per person
For the real history fans, we selected the London’s oldest pub, The Spaniards Inn. Apart from having a huge list of beers, real ales, ciders on tap and traditional British bites, it’s literally immortalised in Dickens and Bram Stoker’s stories! Definitely not made for heavy parties, but more for chilling with friends in the 16th century garden in the summer, or for playing some board games in front of roaring fireplaces with a glass of mulled wine in the winter.
Address: Spaniards Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JJ (map)
Dress code: May be leave your trainers and jeans at home and put on something “classey”
Prices: Adnams Lighthouse and Urban Duskbeer is £4 a pint. Food is a bit too pricey: £14 for a cheeseburger, and £5 for a Scotch egg
This is another old place, but this time focused just on wines. Established in 1890, is housed in atmospheric subterranean wine cellar that offers a very interesting experience not only for the “grape lovers”, but just for people who are into discovering new unusual spots.
Not surprisingly, the wine list is huge and includes ports, sherries, Madeiras and also some very special sorts from France, South America and other wine producing countries. The food is simple and nice: traditional British pies and cheeseboards to go along with the variety of Bordeaux’s and Cabernet Sauvignon’s.
The place is packed most of the times, so make sure to come early if you are in a big group. Monday to Saturday it’s open from 11.00 a.m to 11.00 p.m and on Sunday’s from 12.00 noon until 10.00 p.m.
Address: 47 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NE (map)
Dress code: Something romantic to feel that the time machine just brought you back to XIX century
Prices: A glass of Italian Merlot is £5.10 and it is £18.40 for the bottle. Check more prices in the menu
Located in a heart of Soho, Floridita is a Latin American-inspired bar with legendary rum cocktails, delicious food and a variety of live salsa and samba music and entertainment. Some of its most famous cocktails are: Tobacco Old Fashioned with some Cubay, 5 year old rum and Zacapa, 23 year old rum and La Bruja Daiquiri with anejo rum, martini and a dash of absinthe.
Address: 100 Wardour Street, London W1F 0TN (map)
Dress code: Something sexy and comfortable to dance all night long
Prices: Tobaco Old Fashioned goes for £14 and La Bruja Daiquiri is £11
A very cool 1940s-style cocktail bar in the heart of London town. If you wanna experience the World War II atmosphere, then head off to the subterranean escape of Cahoots bar and you will be taken from the real world into a totally different era of fun environment, splendid decoration, really good service and best drinks you have ever tasted.
And not to forget: several times each week, a live band playing 1940s jazz and swing!
Address: 13 Kingly Court, Soho, W1B 5PW (map)
Dress code: A balance between comfort and that “hipsterish” glamour
Price: Cocktails are between £8 and £10
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