London’s Top 5 Weekend Bars

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Here is in my humble opinion are my 5 favourite bars to drink, chill, meet friends or even meet for a date in. (Not all photos are mine)

I am sure you know from your history lessons that London is really two cities in one.  City of Westminster known colloquially as ‘The West End’, and ‘The City’ which the financial district to the east.  ‘The City’ is pretty dead at weekends as nearly all offices are shut so I am hedging my bets most of you will be in the ‘tourist’ areas of the West End at the weekend.

Let me start with my favourite ( and I am not alone in this):

1. Savoy Hotel on the Strand.

American Bar – Supposed to be the ‘oldest’ cocktail bar in the world.  A throwback to the 1920s – try the ‘Hanky Panky’ cocktail.  There is also the opulent Beaufort Bar. Set in the heart of theatre-land these two bars are a must. Best to go for your first drink of the day to appreciate the hotel in all its finest. Truly iconic,

2. Hotel ME on the Strand.

Meliá is one of my favourite hotel groups in Europe, and the Hotel ME is one my favourite hotels in both London and Madrid. In both cases there is an awesome rooftop bar with fab views and more comfortable seats than most theatres.

If you can afford to stay here all-inclusive it is well worth it – superb quality all day.

On the ground floor in London there is a great steak restaurant called STK, a gastronomic pleasure, and fab cocktail bar too if you have room for more. When I was here there was dancing in the bar by 11pm.  A terrific venue for a night out.

3. Mews of Mayfair

A bit different this one. I have literally found this place by accident twice. You need to know it exists otherwise you will not find it by just walking by.

It is a gem.

Superb wine list and some fairly expensive spirits. Great place to crash with shopping bags and heavy heels when you need to chillax. Never eaten here but it looks greats. Great place for a date too especially during the summer months when you can relax outside in its pretty ‘avenue’.

4. Sexy Fish on Berkeley Square

One of those venues to be spotted in. An Asian restaurant with a fab art-deco bar and equally impressive wine list.  You may spot a footballer here or two.

With a waterfall behind the bar and a giant gold-plated crocodile hanging on the wall, it is hard not to get caught up with the lavishness of Sexy Fish.

Being in Berkeley Square it is lavish so expect nothing less. The name is ‘in your face’, the venue ‘is in your face’ – but in my humble opinion not to be missed.

5. Trafalgar Square Hotel

With a fab rooftop cocktail bar with great views of iconic Trafalgar Square this is one for the tourist for a cheeky lunchtime wine or cocktail in the heart of London. There is another equally great bar on the ground floor if you prefer.

Tastefully decorated throughout the hotel is ideally located for a drink or even a weekend stay within easy reach of the underground or bus routes.

I have eaten on the ground floor here and can recommend the food too. Add it to your list.

Some that nearly made the list :

Café Royal Hotel on Regent Street – Great bar named Ziggy’s after David Bowie.  In the heart of London’s main shopping district a great place to collapse with any purchases.

If you venture northwards there is the Fitzrovia Crazy Bear bar in Fitzrovia – Iconic intimate cocktail bar that attracts celebs. A place to be seen in or to meet for a date.

South of the Thames is the Oxo Tower bar and restaurant.  Owned by Harvey Nichols it is similar to the Fourth Floor Restaurant and Bar in Edinburgh except with a better view (which is really saying something).

I have not been to every bar in London but these are my favourites. Enjoy!

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