7 New London Bars Worth Your Pound

Mr. Fogg’s Gin Parlour

Jules Verne would be mighty proud of this drinking venue, which was inspired by the French novelist’s work Around the World in 80 Days. Visiting the bar is like stepping into a whole new world. To start off, a mustachioed man in a coat will greet you at the entrance. Wallpapered walls give the bar a period feel, while rich embroidered chairs adorn the Victorian living room. Bartenders in waistcoats serve the drinks, standouts of which include Audemus Pink Pepper Gin and tonic water Fever Tree.

The gin parlour. All photos are courtesy of the bars mentioned.

The gin parlour. All photos are courtesy of the bars mentioned.

First opened in October last year, this New Row bar is the third of its kind to open. Mr. Fogg’s has been welcomed positively by the press, thanks to its 300 types of gin. Their interiors—straight out of a magical land—doesn’t hurt either.

The pub was inspired by the novel 800 Days Around the World.

The pub was inspired by the novel Around the World in 80 Days.

Soul Store West

Music sits at the heart of this cocktail bar, all-day diner, and hotel. This Kilburn eatery happens to be where both veteran and up-and-coming musicians take to the stage, as well as DJs from some of London’s leading clubs. If you happen to be in the city from Thursday to Sunday, check it out for some amazingly good thumping beats.

Critics love their Stateside grubs, too, prepared by Chicago Rib Shack using Southern United States‘ slow cooking techniques. Delight in their baby back and beef ribs, then pair it with their spirits, such as Peach Tea Smash. Great music, good food, to-die-for tipples—what more can anyone ask for?

Swift

This seven-month-old Soho bar is a godsend to those who refuse to plan nights-out in advance. You can drop by any time at its Upstairs Bar, where reservations are not de rigeur. Grab a light cocktail or nibble on their itsy-bitsy bites.

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The Downstairs Bar meanwhile offers 250 different drams of whisky from different countries all over the world. Music aficionados would be delighted by its weekend jazz and blues nights. Take note: unlike the Upstairs section, an advance booking on-line is required. It won’t be big enough to accommodate groups more than 13, but its Art Deco sofas, expertly mixed cocktails, and chummy vibe make this place worth going to.

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TT Liquor

Alcoholic beverages are displayed here in multi-tiered shelves, so you would probably think that all this place does is sell liquor. But this almost six-month-old establishment is a little more multi-faceted than that. It also has a cellar cocktail bar and offers molecular, gin, and rum cocktail-making classes.

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Located in a 19th century Shoreditch police station, the building’s jail cells have been converted to tasting rooms that can sit up to 15 people. Padlocked deposit boxes are there for customers to store their collection of spirits, which they can choose from a menu of more than a thousand options.

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Their tipples are divided into different categories, each with their own cinematic sounding name: “Belle Epoque” drinks are extravagant, while “Noble Experiment” were inspired by the Prohibition. “Boom to Bust” have been described as playful, while “Our Time” are a little more modern. Soak the ambience in and sip your choice away.

The shelves in the store.

The shelves in the store.

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