Top 50 Cocktail Bars

5 Top 50 cocktail bars within 5 miles of Buckingham Palace

Rebecca Weller | 27/05/2022

With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee fast approaching, we’ve collated our top suggestions from the Top 50 Cocktail Bars list to celebrate and toast her Majesty’s 70-year reign while taking in the atmosphere of the special bank holiday weekend in the nation’s capital, all less than five miles away from the monarch’s home, Buckingham Palace.

The Connaught Bar, Mayfair - 0.8 miles

Number 3 on the Top 50 Cocktail list is The Connaught Bar, recently crowned No 1 on the World 50 Best Bars list, on Carlos Place in Mayfair.

Specialising in modern classic interpretation, The Connaught oozes sophistication fit for a queen with its textured walls adorned in a platinum silver leaf décor surrounding the cool grey bar.

Alongside classic cocktails such as Bloody Mary, customers can also enjoy The Connaught’s twist on a Tom Collins, made using Star of Bombay gin, Sarsaparilla soda water, fresh yuzu juice and homemade eucalyptus-infused sugar syrup.

Disrepute, Soho – 1.0 mile

An art deco cocktail bar with a palatial feel, Disrepute, number 12 on the list, describes its offering as ‘luxurious libations and late-night liaisons’.

Situated on London’s Carnaby Street, Disrepute offers a unique cocktail experience with a vast array of some of the more notable yet niche spirits on offer.

Each drink is served in elegant glassware with tamed garnishes or theatrics, including smoke, but in a way that celebrates the drink rather than an act of causing drama.

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Opium Cocktails & Dim Sum Parlour, Chinatown – 1.1 miles

Number 17 on the 2022 list is Opium Cocktails & Dim Sum Parlour, a nearly hidden gem on Gerrard Street in Chinatown.

Specialising in, you guessed it, cocktails and dim sum, Opium’s concept is beautiful, modern, and fresh.

Split into three bars, the Academy Bar, the Apothecary Bar, and the Peony Bar, with each of the menus beautifully designed like pieces of art, customers at Opium should prepare to be transported back to 1920s Shanghai with a twist of modern indulgence that will take your breath away.

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Bar Termini, Soho – 1.2 miles

Number 38 on the list, Bar Termini, located on Old Compton Street in Soho, specialises in classic Italian and wine-based cocktails, coffee, and aperitivi as well as featuring a shop selling various glassware and china.

While the cocktail menu may be smaller than some of the others, Bar Termini is host to some exceptionally talented staff, impeccably dressed in old-school threads.

Drinks include a classic Negroni, the Spritz Termini, made using Beefeater Gin, rhubarb cordial, Aperol, and Prosecco; the Marsala Martini made with Beefeater Gin, Marsala Dolce, dry vermouth, and almond bitters; and Death in Venice made using Campari, grapefruit bitters and Prosecco.

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Artesian, Oxford Circus – 1.3 miles

Situated in London’s world-renowned Langham Hotel on Portland Place, Oxford Circus, Artesian is a clean and simplified cocktail bar with plenty of open space and light.

Split into five segments, Wellness and Mindfulness, Celebrations, Community, Sustainability and Happiness, the menu is well curated with a limited offering, but each of the cocktails on offer has been well designed and placed, with something for every taste.

Artesian, which is number 19 on the list, is also a good choice for customers looking for sustainability, with discarded grape skin vodka and discarded banana rum among the ingredients used in some of the serves.

Don’t forget to let us know on socials (@50Cocktailbars) which bar you decide to celebrate the Jubilee with!