With summer well and truly here, there’s no better time to try something new in the city, especially when there are new bars, restaurants, pop up shops, food trucks and everything in between opening up on a daily basis. Discover the best new bars to have opened in the capital – from the must-visit cocktail bar to the best place to enjoy a glass of wine while snacking on meatballs.
The Cocktail Trading Company
There are two Cocktail Trading Cos in London – one on Brick Lane and one in Smithfield – serving up delicious cocktails whether you’re in The City or out East. Small, dark and not afraid to have a bit of fun with its creations, The Cocktail Trading Company is an unpretentious new offering. Its ‘90s hits playing out on the stereo are a welcome addition. For more information, visit its website.
Pop-up Night Tales has got itself a permanent space in the form of NT’s in London Fields. A café by day, NT’s turns into a bar by night, offering innovative cocktails in a space that looks just like a Brooklyn loft – think bare floors, exposed brick and sinkable leather sofas. Don’t miss its parmesan truffle fries to go alongside your cinnamon-infused whisky cocktail. Go to NT’s website to see more.
From Soho restaurant Balls & Company comes Company Below, a basement bar below the meatball specialist. It’s small – just 25 covers – but cosy, and its original cocktail creations are some of the best in Soho. It’s got a great selection of wines, too (and a few beers), plus there’s the option to sample some of the upstairs food menu. Visit the Balls & Company website to see more.
Ladies & Gentlemen
Kentish Town bar Ladies & Gentlemen has been open for over a year so while it’s not of the newest of places, it’s still not to be missed. In a disused Victorian lavatory (somewhat of a trend in the city), this underground bar has it all: architecture, style and incredible seasonal cocktails based on homemade liqueurs. For more information, visit the bar’s website.
Another Smithfield addition, Oriole is an over-the-top (but brilliant) bar with a selection of drinks as opulent and eccentric as its interior – think gold bar stools, jade leather booths and velvet curtains, with cocktails inspired by the various regions of the world. Visit the Oriole website to see more.
Words by Angharad Jones