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  • 1. American Bar

    St. James's | Bars/Pubs

    Festooned with a chin-dropping array of old club ties, vintage signed celebrity photographs, sporting mementos, model airplanes, and baseball...Read More

  • 2. Artesian

    Fitzrovia | Bars/Pubs

    They don't take reservations at this jewel box of a cocktail bar at the Langham hotel, but you can order a drink while you wait for a chic mirror...Read More

  • 3. Bar Américain

    Soho | Bars/Pubs

    The Beaux-Arts interior of this underground bar just north of Piccadilly Circus is so opulent and glamorous that you'd be forgiven for thinking...Read More

  • 4. Beach Blanket Babylon

    Notting Hill | Bars/Pubs

    In a Victorian mansion house close to Portobello Market, this always-packed bar is distinguishable by its eclectic indoor–outdoor spaces with...Read More

  • 5. Beaufort Bar

    Covent Garden | Piano Bars/Lounges

    Things could hardly get more glamorous than at the Savoy's lesser-known Beaufort Bar—a black-and-gold art deco master class with dramatic lighting...Read More

  • 6. Cafe Oto

    Dalston | Music Clubs

    A relaxed café by day, and London's leading venue for experimental music by night, Cafe Oto is a Dalston institution. Its programming of free...Read More

  • 7. Connaught Bar

    Mayfair | Bars/Pubs

    The walls are platinum silver leaf and everything's all buffed and burnished at this glamorous David Collins–designed 1920s cocktail lounge...Read More

  • 8. Gordon's Wine Bar

    Westminster | Bars/Pubs

    Nab a rickety candelit table in the atmospheric, 1890s low-slung brick vaulted cellar interior of what claims to be the oldest wine bar in London...Read More

  • 9. Jazz Café

    Camden Town | Dance Clubs

    A long-standing hotbed of cool in Camden, the Jazz Café hosts top acts in mainstream jazz as well as hip-hop, funk, world music, soul, and Latin...Read More

  • 10. Jerusalem Tavern

    Clerkenwell | Bars/Pubs

    Loved by Londoners and owned by the well-respected St. Peter's Brewery in Suffolk, the Jerusalem Tavern is one-of-a-kind: small, historic,...Read More

  • 11. Prospect of Whitby

    East End | Bars/Pubs

    Named after a collier ship, this is one of London's oldest riverside pubs, dating to around 1520. Although a regular for Dickens, Pepys, Samuel...Read More

  • 12. Ronnie Scott's

    Soho | Music Clubs

    London's best-known jazz club has attracted the biggest names—from Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie and Stan Getz—since opening nearby in 1959...Read More

  • 13. The Blackfriar

    City of London | Bars/Pubs

    A step from Blackfriars Tube station, this spectacular pub has an Arts and Crafts interior that is entertainingly, satirically ecclesiastical...Read More

  • 14. The Blind Pig

    Soho | Bars/Pubs

    Chances are you won't have heard of half the ingredients on the cocktail menu at this dark and sultry bar above Jason Atherton's smart casual...Read More

  • 15. The Comedy Store

    Soho | Comedy Clubs

    Before heading off to prime time, some of the United Kingdom's funniest stand-ups cut their teeth here, at what's considered the birthplace...Read More

  • 16. The Dove

    Hammersmith | Bars/Pubs

    Read the list of famous ex-regulars, from Charles II and Nell Gwynn to Ernest Hemingway and Dylan Thomas, as you wait for a beer at this smart...Read More

  • 17. The London Edition bars

    Fitzrovia | Bars/Pubs

    Visitors to Ian Schrager's London Edition hotel are spoiled for choice when it comes to bars. High ceilings, eclectic artwork, and innovative...Read More

  • 18. 606 Club

    Chelsea | Music Clubs

    This Chelsea jazz club has been doing things speakeasy-style since long before it became a nightlife trend. Buzz the door near the far end of...Read More

  • 19. 69 Colebrooke Row

    Islington | Bars/Pubs

    This elegant faux speakeasy must be London's tiniest cocktail lounge. Book one of the handful of tables or a seat at the diminutive bar to sample...Read More

  • 20. Ain't Nothin' But ...

    Soho | Music Clubs

    This sweaty fun place off Carnaby Street does exactly what its name suggests. Local blues musicians, as well as some notable names, squeeze...Read More

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