Thanks to the fast-approaching Bank Holiday weekend, there's a four-day office-free stretch ahead of us. By way of celebration and to help you make the most of the short break, we've rounded up our current favourite London bars to head for to raise a glass. For more options, head to our list of London hotspots by area.


Whether you’re staying in the hotel or simply looking for a vibrant cocktail destination in the heart of the city, Café Royal is an elegant choice come Bank Holiday weekend. To mark the occasion, they’ve added Easter-themed recipes to their cocktail list. We suggest sampling the Vodka Chocolate Martini and the Rum Chocolate Daiquiri to really get into the spirit of things.

68 Regent Street, London W1B 4DY


Located below Clapham Common tube station in a former bathroom, WC’s name can be taken literally, or looked at as the initials of its two favoured offerings – wine and charcuterie produce. The wine list is constantly changing and although it’s their focus, there is also a selection of craft beers and cocktails on offer. Sharer plates are available with a mix of both hot and cold tapas-style options, so it’s the perfect place for a late-night drink to kick off or close the four day weekend.

Clapham Common South Side, London, SW4 7AA


A heated rooftop bar with a panoramic view of London that’s less tourist-focused than those closer to the city, Boundary Rooftop is an idyllic place to while away an afternoon. It’s decorated with Citrus trees and offers a range of seafood on the all-day menu so there’s a definite Mediterranean influence. In good weather, they enlarge the space and turn it into a summer garden.

2-4 Boundary Street, London E2 7DD


An underground jazz bar with a house band that really gets the crowd going, Kansas Smitty's in Broadway Market is a far cry from some of the more prestigious locations in our line-up, but it promises a fun-filled night out that you won’t regret. The drinks menu is julep heavy with the addition of a few wines and beers, but with loud music and a buzzing atmosphere, this place is all about the experience.

63-65 Broadway Market, London, E8 4PH


You can’t go wrong with a classic English pub and The Old Dairy in Crouch Hill, North London ticks the box perfectly. Laid out with separate indoor areas that suit everything from casual drinks to a family meal, it’s typical of a Bank Holiday Sunday drinking spot. Food is freshly made and the drinks list includes cask conditioned real ales and an extensive selection of wines. If it’s a relaxed vibe that you’re after, this is your spot.

1-3 Crouch Hill, Crouch Hill, N4 4AP


One for those looking for a view across the capital, Sushi Samba is positioned on the 38th and 39th floors of 110 Bishopsgate and offers an impressive showcase of the landmark Gherkin. Cocktails are in keeping with the Japanese theme and result in something a little less ordinary than you might find elsewhere. Book ahead or be prepared to queue as this famous destination is sure to be busy for the duration of the weekend.

110 Bishopsgate London, EC2N 4AY


A new member on the Soho block, 100 Wardour Street is open from morning until night and caters to a range of needs. The ground floor lounge features a central cocktail bar, comfy seating and an atmosphere that you could immerse yourself in for hours and there’s a basement restaurant and club that’s more suited to the evening. Whatever your plans, be sure to pop in and sample the drinks menu and the ambiance – it’s central London drinking at its most enjoyable.

100 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TN


To mix things up and add a sporting element to your drinking plans, head to Bounce in Shoreditch – a bar that’s kitted out with multiple ping pong tables to keep you active throughout the night. The ‘Gin Palace’ cocktail bar does exactly what it says on the tin, so there’s something equally as enticing for the less competitive amongst the group. Book a table to secure your slot as it’s a popular East London destination.

241 Old Street, London, EC1V 9EY