Bars in the City

1 Lombard Street

Perfectly positioned opposite the Bank of England and next to the Lord Mayor of London’s residence, Mansion House, this exclusive City establishment is a bar, restaurant and brasserie. It was a former Grade II listed bank, some of the features still remain. The massive dome provides natural skylight to the unique circular bar below. The continental cuisine is spot on as to be expected from any City establishment.

Attic Bar

A fabulous, secluded cocktail bar on the 48th floor of the UK’s tallest residential block. It provides 360 degree panoramic views of Canary Wharf, Greenwich and beyond. The stunning bar is is made of black granite and has tiger eye stones, from India set within it. The views are especially amazing at night when all the sky scrapers are lit up. The perfect setting for entertaining friends.

Bon Bon Bar

Found in the heart of the City, part of Volupte,  this quirky bon-bon themed bar has an exquisite cocktail menu ranging from the Volupte twists on the classics Cosmo, Margarita and Daiquiri to Fluid Desert cocktails which include ‘Liquid Tiramisu,’ and ‘Strawberry Shortcake.’ Absolutely delicious! Admire the retro sweets lined up in quirky jars along the bar whilst watching old black and white movies in the cosy white velvet seating lounge.

Duck & Waffle Bar

Set on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower in the City, this bar has spectacular views over the City and Canary Wharf. The most popular iconic sites of Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Pauls cathedral and the Gherkin are crystal clear. Get ready for your ears to pop on the lift ride. There is no entry charge. 

Laurent Perrier Champagne Lounge

Part of the Threadneedles hotel, this bar is set within a former 19th Century banking hall. Corinthian columns and original marble counters lie beneath the original stunning stained–glass dome. This unique dome provides ample skylight into the spacious, contemporary lounge.

Madison

Found at the top of the exclusive shopping centre in the City, One New Change, Madison is a restaurant, tapas and cocktail bar offering spectacular close-up views of St Pauls Cathedral and indulgent views over the City of London. The roof terrace, is open to the general public, you do not have to drink or dine in the venue.  This open air space is the largest of its kind, presenting breathtaking views across entire London.

Sky Lounge

This rooftop bar is part of the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Tower Hill. Found on the 12th floor, it offers spectacular views of Tower Bridge, Tower of London and the Shard. The closest rooftop bar to the iconic Tower Bridge which provides great picture opportunites so don't forget your camera! Plenty of outside seating on both the north and south terraces and lots of cosy seating inside the bar. Various pop up quirky events held throughout the year such as summer beach club and winter retreats. There is a no booking policy and open from 11am every day till late night. A fabulous place to come and chill out and admire the views. Quieter during the day and a busy City crowd in the evenings when you can expect to queue downstairs before gaining access, especially if the weather is good. A good selection of bar snacks available, if you like seafood the lobster rolls and cruncty spicy calamari are very tasty, a good veggie option is fried courgettes in panko breadcrumbs. Must try the quirky fish biscuits, salt and vinegar flavoured fish shaped savoury biscuits which are very moreish, be warned!

Sushi Samba

Set on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower in the City, this bar has fabulous views over the City and Canary Wharf. If you want to see the Gherkin close up, this is the place to be. This venue also has two outdoor terraces, one which has a quirky orange tree at the centre of the outdoor bar.

The Alchemist

This quirky bar is minutes away from the iconic high rise buildings in the city such as the Heron Tower.  A spacious bar with banquet style leather seating. Although part of a restaurant the bar area takes over the whole ground floor. The cocktail menu has various sections including an extensive selection of quirky non-alcoholic cocktails, sharing cocktails and those that are handcrafted. With the unique selection of cocktails it will be hard to not be impressed by the skills of the mixologists.  The ones to try are from the molecular madness selection, where various molecular techniques to concoct drinks are used to amaze and bewilder the customer.

Highly recommended is the ‘Mad hatters tea party’ where a gadget not unfamiliar in a chemistry laboratory is brought to your table. It has two compartments, the bottom has the various alcohols vodka, cointreau, elderflower liquer and the top has a selection of fresh fruit. Now for the mysterious act, the bottom is heated up for a few minutes, after which the alcohol rises and infuses with the fruit. This is then poured into tea cups with a dramatic effect. I cannot say more, you have to experience it. You will definitely feel like you are in the clouds, literally!

If your inner geek is awakened in these surroundings, try ‘The Colour changing one’ where you get to experience making the cocktail yourself and its magical outcome is in your hands. See the video on Anomalous London’s You Tube channel

For the martini fans, try the ‘White chocolate raspberry martini.’ This is no ordinary martini cocktail. The Alchemist has to offer something unique, and with this cocktail it is the white chocolate foam!! That is dessert in a glass. This is a fun place to enjoy cocktails where the talking point is the cocktail making itself. Despite having a city location, the prices are very reasonable.

The Zetter Townhouse

Found in the City, this bar is part of the Zetter Townhouse Boutique Hotel. A quirky cocktail lounge with elegant surroundings, low lighting, comfy sofas and includes an open fireplace. Various quirky artefacts adorn the walls and interior of this glorified living room, look out for the kangaroo with boxing gloves! Each table has its own little flower arrangement. The cocktail list is very small with a selection of only 12, but this list exhuberates quality and not quantity. All the cocktails are unique and inspired by the area’s distilling heritage. They are very flavoursome comprising of a variety of homemade cordials and infusions which are placed behind the apothecary style counter at the bar. The potent cocktails are all served with a glass of water! Ladies try the ‘Soixante-Quinze’ and Gents try ‘The Richmond.’ This laid back bar has funky chill out background music making it an enjoyable place to relax and unwind after a stressful day.