The best places to kick off your evening!
Looking for some bar-rilliant suggestions as to where you should beGin your evening? Okay, we’ll stop with the puns and crack on with the information. Because whether you’re looking for a tucked away cosy pub, a vintage-inspired throwback or a scenic spot for a pre-dinner catch up, we’ve found the perfect spots dotted all over our favourite city.
Stripped back to its original industrial design features, you’ll find reclaimed furniture, moody lighting and a truly excellent Gordon’s and tonic at Bermondsey Yard. This huge, bustling location quickly gets busy on weekend evenings so it’s best to come along early. In the summer, make yourself at home on the outside terrace or, when it gets colder, cosy up inside under the brightly-lit fairy lights. It’s more than easy to spend a few hours chatting away at Bermondsey Yard, so order a round of G&Ts before ordering one of their delicious pizzas! 40 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UD
Near & Far Bar
This super quirky Peckham-based beach bar might not fit with the weather outside at the moment but the interiors are cheerful enough to help you believe you’re still somewhere warm. Filled with palm trees, a disco ball and enough fairy lights to keep you well and truly wide awake, it’s definitely a top spot for a Gordon’s Pink and Tonic. Stare out from above to incredible views of the city, Canary Wharf and The Shard with a drink in hand for a magical evening with someone extra special. And when you’re hungry, you’ll find everything from delicious burgers to vegan picks and some sweet treats. If we had to pick one suggestion from this list for Date Night, it’d most certainly be Near & Far! Level 6, Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST
Little Nan’s Bar
Gordon’s and tonic from a teacup, anyone? Little Nan’s Bar in Fitzrovia features a Victorian granny’s parlour-style interior that will make you almost certainly feel like you’re back in the 1940s. With classical twee ornaments, vintage newspapers and lace doilies dotted around, it’s a top choice for transporting yourself out of 2018 London and way back in time. It’s impossible to look around Little Nan’s without catching a glimpse of a quirky ornament or another brightly coloured throwback and that’s all part of the fun! Make yourself comfortable on the mismatched chairs with a G&T and see how many unusual features you can spot. Once you’ve finished your drink, don’t forget to order from Little Nan’s eclectic dinner menu for dishes like “King Henry VIII” and the “Hyacinth Bucket”. 20 & 21 Warren St, Bloomsbury, London W1T 5LT
Hector & Noble
Can you think of a better way to spend an evening than with a Gordon’s and tonic and your closest friends? Nope, neither can we, and Hector & Noble is one of our favourite places to do just that. Based just around the corner from east London’s Victoria park, this pub is the best place to visit for a post-wander and pre-dinner G&T while you’re in the area. Inside this wholesome pub you’ll find huge, baroque-style mirrors, a cosy atmosphere and plenty of room to park yourself down with friends. The friendly and knowledgeable bar staff are more than capable of whipping you up a mouthwatering Gordon’s and tonic while you settle down for a chat with your best pals. When you feel peckish, dig into everything from fancy sausage rolls with sauce or nocellara olives. Or if you’re ready for dinner, we recommend the Lobster sub burger. 233-235 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7HD
Because where’s better to watch the world go by with a drink in hand than on a boat backing onto the Thames? Tattershall Castle, a water-side boat-based pub near Temple, is the place to be to enjoy the view at any time of day. But you’ll find us at this sparkling setting just before the sun goes down for those top notch Instagram story moments (we do it too, don’t worry). Gaze out at the London Eye, watch the boats float by and hear the waves crash as you sip on a Gordon’s and tonic. Stay for a G&T before heading off to one of the nearby delicious restaurants for the ideal evening. Or if you’d rather stay put, Tattershall Castle has entire menu dedicated to fish and chips (well, it is right by the water) as well as plenty of pub classics. Victoria Embankment, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HR
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