8 Stylish New London Bars
8 Stylish New London Bars

8 Stylish New London Bars

From Parisian-style wine bars to margarita specialists, here are eight new spots worth checking out in the capital…
By Eleanor Magill


For Cocktail Enthusiasts

Deploying lab-grade equipment and the expert knowledge of its two mixologist founders, Scales is set to become a haven for cocktail lovers – the interiors are modern and seductive, full of dimly lit corners for lingering conversation. The founders, who honed their craft at Farzi London, extract their chosen flavours from seasonal ingredients using a centrifuge.

25 Duke Street, Marylebone, W1U 1DJ

Visit ScalesBar.com

Dear Darling

For A Wild Night Out

Fora taste of the luxury and hedonism of pre-revolutionary Versailles, try Dear Darling. The latest opening from the Cream Group (The Windmill, Cirque Le Soir and Reign), you’ll find it on Jermyn Street. The club is split across two levels, with upstairs offering a refined cocktail bar and lounge area, while downstairs there are specialist artists performing at the weekends. Eccentric and boundary-pushing.

91 Jermyn Street, St James's, SW1Y 6JB

Visit Dear-Darling.co.uk

Dram Bar
Dram Bar

Dram Bar

For A Casual Night Out

In a 17th century Grade II-listed building on Denmark Street, the Dram Bar spreads across three floors. It houses two bars, a whisky shop, an outdoor terrace, a private pool room and a ready-to-drink cocktail vending machine. It also serves coffee in the morning before turning into a welcoming bar by night, serving seasonal cocktails and small plates. The vibes are convivial and cool.

7 Denmark Street, Soho, WC2H 8LZ

Visit DramBar.co.uk

Three Sheets

For Trend Setters

It hasn’t opened yet – it’s launching this month – but if Three Sheets is anything like its older sibling in Dalston, it’s going to be good. The new Soho outpost will be open all day, serving coffee and pastries in the morning, lunch, dinner and night caps. There will be new drinks on the menu – expect them to be clean, elegant and thoughtful in signature Three Sheets style. Ex-Lyle’s chef William Blank has crafted a menu of classics to accompany the cocktails – count on croquettes, salt beef sandwiches, fresh oysters and triple cooked chips.

14-15 Manette Street, Soho, W1D 4AP

Visit ThreeSheets-Bar.com

Dram Bar
Dram Bar

Wacky Wombat

For Aussie Charm

New from Nico de Soto (of Mace New York fame) and Danico Paris, this subterranean bar brings a taste of Australia to Soho. Expect quirky and experimental cocktails such as Der Raum, made with coconut oil and flesh gin, amaro, sweet vermouth, jackfruit, koshihikari and lemon myrtle.

Manette Street, Soho, W1D 4AL

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El Bar De Cavita

For Multiple Margaritas

El Bar De Cavita has opened beneath Marylebone Mexican Cavita. Part cantina, part speakeasy, the underground bar is lively and atmospheric – expect stellar margaritas and mezcal cocktails (we’re eyeing up the Azteca Spritz as a cool Mexican answer to Aperol). There’s a bar menu of Mexican street-food dishes – think mooli ceviche tostada and beef shin quesabirria – to round out the cantina vibes.

56-60 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, W1U 2RZ

Visit CavitaRestaurant.com


Bar Levan

For Good Wine

Any foodies who live south of the river will likely have heard of Levan, but they might not know the team opened a 34-seater wine bar, Bar Levan, next door at the end of last year. In a Parisian atmosphere, it offers natural wines from across Europe, mezcals, aperitifs and bar snacks. Co-founder Mark Gurney used to work for a record label, so you can expect to drink to a great soundtrack. There are also DJ and guest chef takeovers in the works.

12-16 Blenheim Grove, Peckham, SE15 4QL

Visit BarLevan.co.uk


For Luxe Speakeasy Vibes

Tucked beneath Bocconcino Soho, Sotto is open every Friday and Saturday until 2am. Expect chic interiors, a resident DJ and an impressive cocktail menu full of innovative spicy, herbal and umami-rich offerings, such as a Funghi Old Fashioned (rye whiskey infused with wild mushrooms) and an Avocado Amore (pisco, avocado, Italian lemons, chilli and basil foam). It’s luxe, and a bit out there.

59 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, W1F 7JY

Visit BocconcinoRestaurant.co.uk

Bar Levan
Bar Levan

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