Drink

DAZE

floor 2, 1 Westgate St, London E8 3RL

De Beauvoir multi-roaster speciality coffee shop Batch Baby and Hackney design studio and cafe Paradox decided to join forces and collab on a third coffee spot Daze. Popping up in NT’s Loft in Netil House in London Fields – so yes you have to climb the stairs – it’s serving up a rotating range of speciality coffee from around the world, including the ikes of Three Marks Coffee, Koppi Roasters, Dak Coffee Roasters and Loveless Coffees, plus pastries from Forno. With lots of light inside and plenty of comfy sofas and chairs to kick back in, you’ll be well rewarded for the walk up.

THE DEVONSHIRE

17 Denman Street, London W1D 7HW

How do you make London’s hottest pub even hotter? Open a rooftop of course. And that’s just what Charlie Carroll, Oisín Rogers and Ashley Palmer-Watts have done at The Devonshire. The third floor is now home to a 40-cover roof terrace, serving the pub’s full menu of food and drink, including pints of the black stuff; Isle of Skye langoustines, Iberico pork ribs and beef chops cooked on the wood ember grill; as well as dishes like lamb hotpot and beef cheek & Guinness suet pudding.

TERRAZZA FOCACCIA AT ALLEGRA

The Stratford Hotel London, 20 International Way, London E20 1FD

Allegra in Stratford is home to a huge, 11,290 sq ft rooftop terrace and garden complete with wraparound views of the city. This year Head Chef Patrick Powell is running a focaccia and sundae menu across the summer, so you can tuck into the likes of porchetta with green sauce & pickled onion and stracciatella & grilled veggie sandwiches, plus some guest chef specials; banoffee, peach melba and lemon meringue sundaes; and vermouth-based cocktails.

CLOTH

44 Cloth Fair, London EC1A 7JQ

Set in a Grade II-listed building (and nestled next to some of the oldest residential buildings in London), Cloth is all about seasonal food and an approachable list of excellent, affordable wines. The wine bar and restaurant is the result of a collaboration between two wine importers, Joe Haynes and Ben Butterworth, and a chef, Tom Hurst (whose impressive CV includes Brawn, The Marksman, Levan, Salon, Larry’s and, most recently, Lasdun). Expect seasonal dishes that celebrate the best of British produce, as well as a great value set menu on offer at lunch, priced at £25 for two courses and £29 for three. As for the wine, half of the list comprises bottles from Joe and Ben’s own import and supply businesses – including grower champagnes, new-wave Bordeaux and German wines. The other half is made up of wines from suppliers who champion small, independent, and sustainable producers (such as Emile Wines, The Winery, Fingal Rock, Carte Blanche, Winemakers Club and Raeburn). Plus, there are always by-the-glass options and £5 corkage on Mondays. Cheers to that.

LLAMA INN

1 Willow Street, London

Not content with bringing us modern Peruvian food, pisco sours and cocktail slushies, NYC import Llama Inn is giving us a real Shoreditch suntrap. The restaurant’s terrace, which has room for 50, boasts uninterrupted City views and as much sunshine as possible thanks to a south-facing position. And with new dishes like lamb empanada with olives & aji chimichurri, braised leeks with aji gazpacho & yuzu, and grilled chicken with baby gem salad & aji crema joining classics like the scallop, yuzu kosho & nori ceviche and whole baked seabass, you’ve got even more reason to get up on that roof.

LOS MOCHIS CITY

100 Liverpool St, London

MexicanJapanese fusion spot Los Mochis has opened a second site in the City, taking up residence in a 14,000 sq ft space on the rooftop of 100 Liverpool Street, comprising a dining room, an agaveria bar and lounge, two private dining rooms and a massive 3000 sq ft covered and heated terrace. Not only is it one of the largest outdoor terraces in the capital, it’s got a 3am license, so after feasting on tacos, kushiyaki and rare tequilas, you can party until the early hours.

THREE SHEETS SOHO

14-15 Manette St, London W1D 4AP

The original Three Sheets in Dalston is easily one of the best bars in London nd now founders Noel and Max Venning have just opened a white-hot new outpost in the heart of Soho. Three Sheets Soho is located on Manette Street in a nice old narrow site that’s been given a very plush makeover. Anyone familiar with the original will recognise the marble topped bar, dark green colour scheme and classy, minimal branding. The drinks menu is largely unique to Soho, with a short, sharp selection of elegant cocktails, including the Cherry Americano, the Mango Ice Tea (with Pickled Mango, Cloud & Lapsang Teas and Rum) the Sazzaquack, a spin on a Sazerac (with Seven tails XO, Mexican Oregano, Verbena Berry, Rooibos tea, and Lemon Absinthe) served in a glass with a cute little glass duck at the bottom! Three Sheets Soho also has a short food menu, courtesy of ex-Lyle’s chef and butcher William Blank, which includes some seriously good salt beef sandwiches, mustard-coated triple cooked chips, and fresh oysters. A breakfast menu is available until noon too, featuring pastries and Dead Good coffee.

THE BRICKLAYERS ARMS

189 Dartmouth Rd, London SE26 4QY

Great staff, real ales on the bar, a pool table, screens for when the footy’s on, The Bricklayers Arms has everything you could want from a local pub. That means it’s a pretty popular spot but it always has a great atmosphere.

THE COCK TAVERN

23 Phoenix Rd, London NW1 1HB

This classic Irish pub near King’s Cross is perfect for escaping the hustle of the city. It’s specifically known for the atmosphere during a game, especially when Celtic is playing, along with friendly staff and an interesting mix of customers. Good prices and great pints, what more could you want?

THE CROWN

622 Holloway Rd, Archway, London N19 3PA

The Crown has a traditional and old-school vibe that locals love. They may not have the best selection of real ales but they pour a mean pint of Guinness, and they’ve got a dart board, the true marker of a proper boozer. If you don’t fancy a game of darts, there’s usually sport on the TV.

THE BLYTHE HILL TAVERN

319 Stanstead Rd, London SE6 4US

Enjoy a mean pint of Guinness and real ales on tap at this award winning traditional Victorian pub in South East London. Catch a game on one of the four screens, hang out in the child-friendly garden or warm up in the colder months by the fire. They’ve been named CAMRA South East London Pub of the Year twice so you can expect a great atmosphere along with qaulity bevs.

161 FOOD & DRINK

161 Kirkdale, London SE26 4QJ

It’s only open three days a week but this wine bar and shop is worth seeking out for its organic and low-intervention wine. Pop in for a glass and bar snacks or book in for a dinner of European-inspired small plates (the white bean dip and the cheese & shallot galette are winners), or head in for one of the regular wine workshops. If you don’t feel like leaving the house, there is free shipping for most of south London or on orders of more than 12 bottles.

GIBNEY'S

70 City Rd, London

This proper Irish pub is in the heart of Shoreditch, underneath Richard Corrigan’s Daffodil Mulligan restaurant and claims to pour the best Guinness in London. The Gibney family is nearing a century in the pub business in Ireland and opened their London location in 2020. You can also find Gibney’s Stout, Irish whiskies, Irish liqueurs and cocktails on offer at the bar plus snacks like spiced lentil scotch eggs, black pudding croquettes and dressed oysters. Whether you pop in for the drinks, to dance to live music or catch the big game, you can be sure of receiving the very best in Irish hospitality.

THE CROWN PUB & GUESTHOUSE

418 Mare St, London E8 1HP

At the end of Mare Street in Hackney, The Crown Pub is a traditional boozer with a well-stocked bar and a cosy pub garden. Attached to it is a guesthouse with seven rooms, so you can even bed down for the night. Whether you’re coming for a quick drink or sleeping over, The Crown hosts lots of events including sport on the TV, trivia every Thursday and live music on Fridays.

COACH & HORSES

Coach & Horses, Wellington Street, London

This welcoming pub may be one of the smaller ones in Covent Garden but the atmosphere is always top notch, and it provides a safe haven amidst the sea of tourists. The Irish influence is strong here, so you can be sure of a cracking pint of Guinness, along with other beers and whiskey.

FARM SHOP

Farm Shop, Mayfair, South Audley Street, London

Farm Shop is an excellent new food shop and butcher in Mayfair run by Artfarm, the hospitality arm of Hauser & Wirth. They also have The Fife Arms in Scotland, Mount St and The Audley just up the road, and their original farm shop down in Somerset, which is attached to their gallery and Durslade Farm. The shop upstairs is stocked full of their own produce and man there is some good stuff in there, from rhubarb curd and chutneys to chocolates, cheese, and fresh veg. All of which would be enough to recommend stopping by there, but we haven’t even mentioned best part yet – the cute wine bar downstairs, which is open from 12pm to 10pm every day apart from Sunday. It’s a nice casual space (especially for Mayfair) with terracotta tile floors, wooden bistro chairs, marble tables, and shelves lined with gleaming bottles. The wine list offers a solid line up of champagnes, old world classic wines, and even a few natural wines from around the world, and there’s a very respectable amount available by glass or carafe. There’s also a good selection of UK wines, including three wines from Artfarm’s own Bacchus winery in Somerset, and a superb pinot noir from Danbury Ridge in Essex. To eat, there’s classic wine bar snacking, including charcuterie, cheese boards, steak tartare, and pickles. 

DINA

289 High Rd Leytonstone, London E11 4HH

Over in Leytonstone, wine bar and shop Dina has been serving up seasonal and newly-released natural wines from small-scale producers since 2021. There’s always a reason to come back as the by-the-glass list changes daily and there’s a cold plates snack menu on offer, plus Dina also plays host to top-tier guest chefs for pop-ups and supper clubs. It’s exactly the kind of bar you’d want as your local.

FINLEY'S

297 Hoxton St, London N1 5JX

Finley’s, founded by Sia Smith, is standing out from the crowd thanks to its focus on products from women-made businesses. All about celebrating the diversity of the local community, the Hoxton bar stocks an ever-changing range of wines from female winemakers, like Little Frances and Vins Et Volailles, as well as beers from Queer Brewing. Sommelier Eleonora Kausinyte (of Maison François and Brat) is in charge of the list so you’re in good hands when it comes to the vino.

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