• Test Driving Kol Mezcaleria - the Michelin-starred restaurant's hidden bar


    Did you know that Michelin-starred Kol in Marylebone also has a very impressive bar in the basement? We headed down to check it out. 

  • Wagtail bar and restaurant will be a City rooftop bar with one hell of a view

    wagtail rooftop bar city of london

    The City is getting a new rooftop bar and restaurant from the team behind Aviary at Finsbury Square. Wagtail will take over the rooftop space of the old House of Fraser building on King William Street. It's by Maven Leisure which itself is owned by the team behind ETM Group who operate, among others, Aviary, The Botanist on Sloane Square and the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms in Moorgate. And they've brought in some

  • Mr Fogg's Apothecary comes to Mayfair

    Mr Fogg's Apothecary comes to Mayfair 

    Mr Fogg's have opened bars across town, and now they're ready for their eighth - this time right in the heart of Mayfair, just down the road from Claridge's.

    Mr Fogg's Apothecary takes the familiar look of the other bars - it's based on Phileas Fogg, has a Victorian feel and it's designed with references to Around the World in 80 Days. It's taking over what used to be the Balls Brothers, but

  • The Act sees London's theatreland hit Notting Hill with a live singing bar

    The Act

    The people behind Soho's Freedom Bar and Soho Residence are heading west to Notting Hill for their next, The Act. As the name hints, it'll be a little more than a standard bar, being dubbed a "theatre bar".

    So what exactly is a theatre bar in practice? Apparently, you can expect "live vocals from London’s top chanteurs" and they'll also have pop-up appearances from London stage shows too. All that sounds great particularly if you're a

  • Nightjar Carnaby sees the top bar go central

    Nightjar Carnaby sees the top bar go central

    Nightjar's original near Old Street has been long revered as one of London's greatest bars, and now its getting a sibling in Carnaby. 

    Echoing the original as closely as they can, the decor will be 1920s in vibe and there will be a stage too - live music will be just as big a part of the bar in Carnaby as it is at the first Nightjar.

    The cocktail menus will evoke the early 20th Century,

  • The Standard adds Sweeties cocktail bar to its tenth floor

    The Standard adds Sweeties cocktail bar to the tenth floor

    While there's already Decimo up on the tenth floor of The Standard hotel in King's Cross, they're about to get a neighbour up on the same floor with the launch of the hotel's new cocktail bar - Sweeties. 

    The new bar is aiming for "early 1970s Hollywood opulence" which is translating to lots of velvet sofas. mirrored tables and what they're referring to as "a six-foot antique phallic

  • Silverleaf will be a destination cocktail bar for The City

    Silverleaf will be a destination cocktail bar for The City 

    The City isn't blessed with an abundance of the best cocktail bars right now, but that looks about to change with the latest addition to the new Pan Pacific hotel. 

    The hotel opened before Christmas, but now it's getting ready to unveil Silverleaf, its cocktail bar - and it's brought in an impressive team to do so. That's Chris Tanner and Simo of Soho's Millroy's

  • The best bars in London right now

    The American Bar at The Savoy

    From swanky hotel bars to East London dives, we pick out the very best places for liquor in London right now. 

  • Abandon Ship sails from Scotland to Covent Garden

    Abandon Ship sails from Scotland to Covent Garden

    Abandon Ship are pretty big in Scotland (there are two Abandon Ship bars there already and the group behind them has 13 in total) and now they're getting ready to launch in Covent Garden. 

    Taking over what used to be PIx, their London bar comes with a design that they're describing as a "sensory explosion", so it should definitely stick out in Covent Garden. We'd say it seems closest to

  • Amaro is a new cocktail bar for Kensington with an impressive pedigree

    Amaro is a new cocktail bar for Kensington with an impressive pedigree

    Just as London's finishes hosting the 50 Best Bars awards, another very promising bar is opening in Kensington. 

    Amaro is the passion project of Elon Soddu, previously Head Mixologist of The Savoy. Elon and his bar team all have experience in five-star

  • Frank and Jackson Boxer launch Below Stone Nest, a dive bar on Shaftesbury Avenue

    below stone nest bar shaftesbury avenue london

    This is a turn up for the books. You don't normally think of Shaftesbury Avenue when you're looking for a cool place to drink in the West End. But a new dive bar being opened by the Boxer brothers, Frank and Jackson, sounds like it'll be the hottest place to be this autumn.

    Below Stone Nest sees the brothers behind Brunswick House, Orasay and Frank's Cafe in Peckham, take on the bar space

  • Pall Mall gets a new underground champagne bar from Searcys

    pall mall champagne bar

    It's been a movie set for films like The Dark Knight, Gandhi and upcoming release Infinite, now 116 Pall Mall has thrown open its doors to the public with the opening of a new underground bar.

    Called 116 Pall Mall Champagne Bar by Searcys (yes, it's a bit of a mouthful) the new bar, as the name suggests, is going to serve up a lot of fizz including one of the largest selections of magnums in London. There'll be a

  • Figaro's Bar recreates a piece of Provence in Piccadilly's Trocadero

    figaros bar trocadero london

    Things are changing at The Trocadero. This giant shopping and entertainment centre has been largely dormant for years, but now a host of new openings there are shaking things up.

  • Louche is a new late night bar for Soho, with its eye on Soho's past

    Louche is a new late night bar for Soho, with its eye on Soho's past

    A new bar is heading to Soho, taking over the space that used to hold 68 & Boston on Greek Street. From the same people behind the Records bars (Venn St, Northcote and Eastcheap) Louche is looking to be inspired by the Soho of the 1920s and beyond. 

    What does that mean in practice? Lots of wood panelling for a start, but also apparently "hidden peep shows" (it is old school Soho they're

  • The Connaught launches The Red Room, its first new bar in a decade

    red room bar the connaught hotel london

    Optimism seems to be in the air if you consider the number of new bar openings in the Mayfair/Marylebone area. Anywhere that doesn’t require driving to/petrol will certainly hit the spot this week, at least. Hot on the heels of its sister hotel’s new bar, Claridge’s The Painter’s Room Bar, which we recently visited,


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