WORSHIP STREET WHISTLING SHOP, SHOREDITCH
What: Slap bang in the middle of London's hipster heartland, Shoreditch's Worship Street Whistling Shop boasts all of the requisite quirk you'd expect from a bar in this district. There's a back story though. The bar's location has served as a thoroughfare since ancient times and the bar itself harks back to the Worship Street of times gone by. Decor and drinks are based on Victorian tradition (ideal for Christmas drinks) but recipes have been honed to meet the expectations of the modern-day drinker.
Drink: As its name suggests, you're not going to find a raft of familiar mixes on the menu. Instead, there's a whole host of weird (the 1691 counts goat's cheese among its ingredients) and wonderful cocktails on offer. Don't be put off by their unusual make-up, even the most improbable combinations are pleasantly drinkable. Our tip? The smokey, spicy and fragrant Persian Slipper which has the perfect level of warmth to banish December's icy chills.
Where: 63 Worship St, London EC2A 2DU