We all know there’s more to a meal out than just the food – location, decor and ambience all play their part, as of course does your meal’s liquid accompaniment. Whether it’s high up in The Shard, or down in a Soho basement, fine food and drink go hand in hand, and these London restaurants with bars will ensure you find somewhere to truly make a night of it.
1. aqua shard Book aqua shard
Like all restaurants in The Shard, this one comes with a view. However, the centrepiece bar and its freshly crafted cocktails are almost enough to distract you from the 360-degree views at aqua shard. Throw in some refined British cuisine, and you’ve got quite a venue.
2. Hawksmoor Spitalfields Book Hawksmoor Spitalfields
Known for their legendary steaks, the Spitalfields member of the Hawksmoor family is also home to a speakeasy-style bar with an Art Deco feel. Venture downstairs for hearty snacks, craft beers and signature cocktails, or tuck into some meaty goodness in the main restaurant.
3. Bar Boulud Book Bar Boulud
Set within the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Bar Boulud is an acclaimed French bistro and bar from internationally acclaimed chef, Daniel Boulud. Opened back in 2010 and boasting a super-chic New York sister restaurant, the menu centres around signature charcuterie and burgers, complemented by wines predominantly from the Burgundy and Rhône Valley regions, and inventive house cocktails.
4. aqua nueva Book aqua nueva
With a rooftop terrace overlooking London, and ornate mosaic floors, aqua nueva exudes sophistication. The extensive cocktail menu is Spanish at heart, as is the food, with innovative tapas-style dishes including chestnut and black truffle terrine with wild mushroom ravioli.
5. Radio Bar at ME London
One of London’s most scenic drinking establishments, Radio Rooftop Bar sits atop the ME Hotel. With views taking in countless London landmarks, cocktail sipping doesn’t get much cooler than this.
6. Galvin at Windows Book Galvin at Windows
When a restaurant boasts a Michelin star and panoramic views from the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, it’s not hard to see why it’s popular. Joining rich dishes like venison with dark chocolate and braised octopus with lime beurre blanc, is a comprehensive selection of wines, cocktails, whiskies and cognacs from the bar.
7. OXO Tower Bar Book OXO Tower Bar
As iconic as it is spectacular, the OXO Tower Bar serves up innovative cocktails and bar food with unparalleled views of the river. Small plates on offer include beef kimchi sliders and crispy fried pork belly, with craft beers and signature cocktails on hand to complement them.
Named the World’s Best Bar for 3 consecutive years, Artesian has a stellar reputation for combining the surreal and the sophisticated. Expect unexpected blends like vodka, artichoke, coffee and coriander, served in dramatic style alongside tapas-style sharing dishes. Elsewhere in the 5-star Langham Hotel, Palm Court offers a more classical prelude to the eccentricity of Artesian, serving up quintessential afternoon teas and a refined European menu.
9. The Restaurant at Sanderson Book The Restaurant at Sanderson
Some 80 feet long, The Long Bar at The Sanderson hotel lives up to its name, and plays host to innovative cocktails, DJ sets and uber-chic decor. The neighbouring Sanderson Restaurant continues the blend of 5-star luxury and contemporary chic, epitomised in dishes like confit duck with watermelon, cashew and mint, and dandelion and burdock popping candy ice cream.
10. The Gilbert Scott Bar Book The Gilbert Scott
Sitting besides Marcus Wareing’s The Gilbert Scott Restaurant, The Gilbert Scott Bar is no less impressive. Within the majestic St Pancras Grand Hotel, British bar bites, bespoke cocktails and a classic afternoon tea make up the menu.