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Best New Bars in London 2019

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Best New Bars in London 2019

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Looking for the hottest drinking spots in town? Stay in the know with our guide to the hottest new bar openings in London, from ambient wine bars to quirky speakeasies…

Bloom

Bloom

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A new venture from the team behind Pergola, Bloom replaces celebrity haunt Mahiki in West Kensington, the bar and nightclub where Rihanna, Harry Styles and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have all partied. Aiming to be a more accessible, more down-to-earth space, Bloom has no strict guestlists or dress codes – anyone is welcome to come and enjoy the two bars and restaurant. The Tiki décor and tropical cocktails of Mahiki have been replaced with vibrant neon signs, geometric graphic tiles and botanical accents, alongside a secret dancefloor opening at 10pm each night. bloomkensington.com

Cahoots, Ticket Hall and Control Room

Cahoots, Control Room

The not-so-secret speakeasy Cahoots has expanded with two new rooms. The first – found on the ground floor – is designed as a vintage ticket hall transporting guests back to the 1940s. Period train schedules, phone booths and ticket machines add authentic nods to the era, alongside a smoke-stained ceiling and an on-site tobacconist. Pick up tipples served in tin cans at the old station kiosk and dine on old-school snacks, from black pudding sausage rolls to mini scotch egg poppers. Below The Ticket Room sits The Control Room, decked out with live cogs and switchboards, with a bar made out of old suitcases. This plays host to a number of events, including musical quiz nights and immersive movie evenings – all fuelled by cocktails from the experimental drinks menu, featuring long forgotten ration ingredients. cahoots-london.com

Lyaness

Lyaness

Last autumn was a bittersweet month for Sea Containers London’s Dandelyan. Ryan Chetiyawardana’s famed bar was voted number one in the World’s 50 Best Bars awards, but just a couple of months after announced it was closing its doors. Earlier this year, however, the bar re-opened as Lyaness – still under the ownership of cocktail guru Chetiyawardana, also known as Mr Lyan. Lyaness has a slightly different vibe to Dandelyan, but the aesthetics are equally pretty. Powder blue and grey shades replace millennial pinks, and the green marble bar remains, alongside brass tables and plush velvet sofas. The drinks menu remains every bit as innovative as Dandelyan’s, sectioned around ingredients rather than cocktails. There are seven specialist ingredients, from ‘Infinite Banana’ to ‘Tat-tie Milk Punch’, each of which is used to create a trio of exciting and unique cocktails. Can’t decide? Use the dedicated drinks map, a guide to taste (light vs rich) and suggested drinking times (daytime to late evening) – clever or what? lyaness.com

Kwānt

Under the wizardry of globally acclaimed bartender Erik Lorincz, Kwānt – pronounced ‘quaint’ – landed itself a spot in the World’s 50 Best Bars list within just five months of opening. You’ll find it tucked away beneath Moroccan restaurant Momo on Mayfair’s Heddon Street, though it’s much more glitzy than your average underground bar. Interiors come courtesy of top French-American interior Designer Bambi Sloan, following the same African theme as the restaurant upstairs with tropical décor, candlelit tables and foliage adorning the walls. Drinks are unusual and unique, many mixed with rare ingredients – from roasted buckwheat cordial to mushroom consommé. momo.london

Darling House

Darling House

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Fancy cocktails in a bathtub? Head to Darling House, the experiential house party-style bar housed in an eccentric two-storey residence above Waterloo restaurant Hello Darling. It’s masterminded by Darling & Edge, the theatrical set designers behind some of London’s most unusual immersive experiences. Drinks at Darling House are served from a little cupboard manned by a mixologist, but you can also order prosecco by pressing a doorbell in the hallway: once rung, a magnum will magically appear from a hidden door on the landing. There are six lavishly decorated rooms, including a lounge with a tiger’s head popping out the wall, a 30s-style twin room, and a bedroom with a huge four-poster bed, which guests are welcome to lounge on – a different kind of home away from home. hellodarling.london

Doña

Dona

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Mexico meets 20s Harlem jazz club at Clapton’s new pop-up mezcal bar, Doña. Housed in a basement on Stoke Newington High Street, the flamingo-pink feather clad bar features velvet banquet-style seating, low lighting and candles, alongside a mezcal-focused cocktail menu. Live music takes place every night, with a spotlight on female performers. facebook.com/donabarlondon

Locket’s by Wiltons

Locket's

Over 70 years since it’s latest opening, The Wiltons Group has launched Locket’s, a café and wine bar in the Grade II-listed Smithson Plaza. Named after Locket Hambro, the daughter of Wiltons Group co-owner Jamie Hambro, Locket’s sits round the corner from the group’s other two restaurants: Wiltons, and Francos, both located on Jermyn Street. During the day Locket’s serves a menu of pastries, coffees and salads, but come night time it transforms into a candle-lit wine bar, offering an internationally diverse mix of wines alongside a selection of sustainably sourced small plates. locketslondon.com

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