Nightlife

Top Choice Pub in The City

Jamaica Wine House

Not a wine bar at all, the 'Jam Pot' is a historic wood-lined pub that stands on the site of what was London's first coffee house (1652). Reached by a narrow alley, it's slightly tricky to find but well worth seekin…
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Sky Pod

You'll need a booking for the Sky Garden to access this rooftop bar, and if you'd like a guaranteed table to sit at, you're best to book one at the same time. The views are extraordinary, although it does get cold u…
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Blackfriar

Built in 1875 on the site of a Dominican monastery (hence the name and the corpulent chap above the door), this prominent pub was famously saved from demolition in the 1960s by poet Sir John Betjeman. The unusual mo…
Bar in The City

Folly

Workers in London's concrete jungle flock to this two-level garden-style cafe-bar for a restorative dose of greenery (both real and faux) and picnic-table seating. Come knock-off time there's barely enough space to …
Pub in The City

Counting House

With its counters and basement vaults, this award-winning pub certainly looks and feels comfortable in the former headquarters of NatWest Bank (1893), with its domed skylight and elegantly curved central bar. This i…
Cocktail Bar in The City

City of London Distillery

Hogarth's famous Gin Lane print provides a warning before you descend the stairs to one of the few bars in London to distill its own 'mother's ruin' on-site. If you'd like to know more about what goes on in the shin…
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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Rebuilt in 1667 after the Great Fire, this is one of London’s most famous pubs, accessed via a narrow alley off Fleet St. Over its long history, Dr Johnson, Thackeray and Dickens have all supped in its gloriously gl…
Cocktail Bar in The City

Madison

Perched atop One New Change with a drop-dead gorgeous view of St Paul's, Madison offers a large open-air roof terrace with a restaurant on one side and a cocktail bar on the other; we come for the latter. Drinkers m…
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Lamb Tavern

Situated in the heart of Leadenhall Market, a gorgeous covered space with cobbled passageways, the Lamb Tavern is one of London’s best pubs. It’s over 200 years old and spans three floors, though drinkers always see…
Cocktail Bar in The City

By Appointment Only

Set in a kooky Victorian-era Turkish bathhouse, this subterranean wonderland is one of the most flamboyant cocktail bars in the city. It's mainly used for private functions, but on Fridays you can book ahead to sip …