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Radio Bar

After a ride up in the express lift, emerge among the clouds at Radio, a luxurious rooftop bar serving tapas and drinks. Sitting atop hotel ME London, the bar boasts views spanning iconic locations; Tower Bridge, the Shard, and St Paul’s Cathedral, to name a few.

Details

336-337 The Strand, WC2R 1HA

0207 395 3400

www.melia.com

Old Tom's Bar

Named after a famous character of Leadenhall's past, this cosy basement bar is nestled in the heart of the market. Enjoy a platter of a unique collection of cheese and meats, washed down with one of Old Tom's craft beers or a crisp Sipsmith gin and tonic.

Details

10-12 Leadenhall Market, London EC3V 1LR

+44 (0)20 7626 2454

www.oldtomsbar.co.uk

Planet of the Grapes

The name should give it away, but if wine is your tipple of choice, look no further. This wine bar has an amazing selection of wine with a lot of older vintage bottles, too. If you need a hand, why not be guided through the wine list with one its fantastic wine tasting sessions?

Details

9-10 Bulls Head Passage, Leadenhall Market, London EC3V 1LU

+44 (0)20 7929 7224

www.planetofthegrapes.co.uk

Veritgo 42 Champagne Bar

If champagne, great heights and spectacular views are your thing, you must head to Vertigo 42. You'll need to make a reservation and promise to reach the £10 minimum spend, but the breathtaking views over the city and Thames ensure you'll at least spend double - you'll never want to leave this wonderful view.

Details

Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ

+44 (0)20 7877 7842

www.vertigo42.co.uk

Royal Exchange Grand Café

Situated in a Grade I listed building in the city, Royal Exchange Grand Cafe is perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We recommend trying its seasonally-dictated cocktail of the month.

Details

The Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LR

+44 (0)20 7618 2480

www.royalexchange-grandcafe.co.uk

Madison

Boasting panoramic views over St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye and the Tate Modern, Madison is a great place to take a seat and have a relaxing drink. The squashy sofas are super-inviting, and with over 1000 bottles of wine to choose from, you could stay all day, and night!

Details

1 New Change, London EC4M 9AF

+44 (0)20 8305 3088

www.madisonlondon.net

Oxo Tower Bar

If you have a penchant for great views, you're in the right area to find one. The Oxo Tower Bar is a chic cocktail bar and the place in the city to enjoy panoramic views of London. A cruise-liner feeling with modern touches, it really captures the spirit of modern London.

Details

Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH

+44 (0)20 7803 3888

www.harveynichols.com/restaurants/oxo-tower-london/oxo-tower-london-bar

Loungelover

Bold, bright and very, very colourful, Les Trois Garcons' Loungelover bar boasts decor as eclectic, quirky and fun as its cocktails, which are inventive and delicious. The perfect spot for a tipple before heading for dinner.

Details

1 Whitby Street, London E1 6JU

+44 (0)20 7012 1234

www.loungelover.uk.com

Franze & Evans

Just across the road from the top of Brick Lane, this independently-owned, casual and relaxed cafe sits in the heart of Shoreditch. Serving high-quality Italian food and coffee, everything is made on site ensuring a fresh and tasty experience.

Details

101 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DL

+44 (0)20 7033 1910

www.franzeevans.com

Ninetyeight

This basement bar and lounge's fantastic and quirky decor is complimented by its equally unique cocktails. A cocktail bar like you've never seen before, it has its own gallery featuring the most exciting art openings in London, where original artists show their works in new and innovative ways.

Details

Morrell House, 98 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AF

+44 (0)20 7729 0087

www.ninetyeight-bar-lounge.com

ALLPRESS

The best coffee to be had in East London. Allpress roast their beans on the premises and take their flat white making very seriously.

Details

58 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP

+44 (0)20 7749 1780

uk.allpressespresso.com

THE MAYOR OF SCAREDY CAT TOWN

No, really, it is called this. And that's not the most unusual thing about this genius late-night drinking den. You enter via a secret entry (we won't spoil the surprise) in another venue (the Breakfast Club).

Details

12-16 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LS

+44 (0)20 7078 9639

www.themayorofscaredycattown.com

SHOREDITCH HOUSE

Before you head down, note that Shoreditch House is a members-only institution so you'll only be allowed in if you're a member or if you've been invited by one. But, if that opportunity arises, grab it as there is no better example of East London nightlife.

Details

Ebor Street, London E1 6AW

+44 (0)20 7739 5040

www.shoreditchhouse.com