Must-visit cocktail bars in central London | St James's London


Must-visit cocktail bars in central London

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Let’s raise a glass to all the brilliant bartenders out there, who are helping us celebrate - whatever the occasion. Toast to their flair and talent with a table at one of the best drinking spots that central London has to offer. Discover your next cocktail-hour haunt below.

DUKES Bar St James’s

Shaken not stirred… these iconic words and London's treasured character were written by DUKES Bar regular, Sir Ian Fleming. There's nowhere better to sip a martini than within this St James’s stalwart.

The Rooftop at The Trafalgar

The Rooftop at The Trafalgar sits in the heart of Piccadilly but feels miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Settle down with delicious small plates and attractive cocktails to match on its heated terrace, overlooking the London skyline.


Raise the bar with Rockwell's expertly crafted innovative cocktails which are sure to tantalise all your senses with plays on colour, texture, aroma and taste. Home to botanical cocktails, an appreciation for horticulture is rooted throughout this quirky London venue - inspired by the British wildflower garden that once stood on the same road at this bar.

The American Bar at the Stafford London

The American Bar at The Stafford St James’s belongs to the great tradition of the American cocktail bars that became renowned in London and Paris during the 1920s and 30s. Pay homage to the second wave of the roaring 20’s and sip signature serves and creations that are both new and vintage.

Swans Bar at Maison Assouline

Swans Bar is found inside Maison Assouline, one of St James's most celebrated bookshops. Explore its fantastic selection of fine wines, champagne and cocktails inspired by titles from its travel series.

If we’ve whet your whistle, make the most of the warmer weather ahead and book an al fresco terrace spot at one of our neighbourhood's top restaurants.