FOCO, Carrer de l'Encarnació, Barcelona, Spain

An excellent new cocktail bar in Gracia from Theo Quinn and Tom Godfrey, two UK bartenders, who have worked in Barcelona’s best bars before venturing out on their own in 2023. There’s classic cocktails, an outdoor terrace and regular guest bartenders from around the world. Well worth stopping by for great drinks and the chilled, friendly vibe.


ÅBEN Brewery, Tank Bar & Restaurant, Slagtehusgade, Copenhagen, Denmark

A great brewery and tap room in the meatpacking district offering freshly brewed seasonal beers poured straight from the tanks. On a sunny day, you can sit outside on deckchairs with your pint.


1 Surrey St, Temple, London WC2R 2ND
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Elevated from street level, with plenty of space for tables, plants running the entire border, and an awning just in case the weather turns, Toklas is home to the one of the best terraces in central London – you really don’t feel like you’re just off the Strand at all. You can enjoy Toklas’ Mediterranean menu – there’s nothing like mozzarella & broad beans, courgettes & romesco, lobster with panzanella, and pistachio ice cream on a gloriously sunny afternoon – but drinkers are welcome too. There’s a dedicated bar menu, featuring snacks like courgette fritti, boquerones, arancini, and those famous Toklas chips, which are the perfect pairing for a couple of limoncello or white sbagliato spritzes.


The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EZ
  • Monday: 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM

The Savoy’s American Bar is the longest surviving cocktail bar in London and one of the most iconic bars on the planet, regularly winning World’s Best Bar awards. For more than 130 years the American Bar’s bartenders have been translating important moments into cocktails, recording them in liquid form and and this process is at the heart of The Savoy: American Bar Journal menu, created by Head Bartender Chelsie Bailey and her team. There are modern versions of classic serves alongside cocktails created to mark historical moments, including the likes of The New York Cherub, based on the classic ‘Angel Wings’ cocktail, made with Rabbit Hole Rye Whiskey, Bowmore 15-Year-Old Whisky, Raspberry, Discarded Vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur & Spiced Violette Bitters; The Coffee Black Velvet made with Guinness Coffee Whey, Crème De Cassis & Roasted Barley; and Homecoming, created to honour the Lionesses’ Euro 2022 win, made with Lion’s Botanical, Dry Vermouth, St. Germain Elderflower & Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé.


252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
  • Monday: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 7:30 AM – 9:45 PM

A gin bar, a glorious terrace, a pie room: the Holborn Dining Room’s got it all. Set inside a carefully restored Edwardian-era building, on the ground floor of the Rosewood Hotel, the HDR has a tremendously grand feel. But, while it makes a lot of sense to spend a special occasion here, it’s still just as suitable for a excellently executed breakfast on any given weekday or the perfect dry martini after work. Of course, you have to try the pies, whether seated in the private Pie Room or taken away via the Pie Hole for an envious office lunch.


29 Lamb's Conduit St, London WC1N 3NG
  • Monday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Knockbox is a postage stamp-sized coffee shop on a sunny corner of Lamb’s Conduit Street with great coffee and excellent toasties. This is the ideal spot for a latte pre- or post-stroll around the indie boutiques on LCS. And, while it’s quite a tight squeeze inside, there are plenty of outdoor seats. So, on a warm(ish) day, grab a coffee, sit outside and enjoy the rare slice of Central London peace and quiet.


Blenheim Grove, London SE15 4QN
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM

Peckham’s become a bit of a rooftop terrace hub lately, but anyone after some al fresco dinner and drinks might be hard-pressed to find it at the usual suspects, which are typically rammed. So, if you don’t mind being closer to the ground, the terrace at Peckham Arches has you covered – literally. The canopied space is heated (good for chilly spring evenings), has the capacity for 600 guests and adjoins an art gallery, screening room and dancefloor. There’s a long beer and wine list, as well as a selection of cocktails, and a Middle Eastern-inspired open fire kitchen serving up the likes of merguez sausages, bavette steak, marinated chicken thighs and chargrilled vegetables.


Netil Market, 13-23 Westgate St, London E8 3RU
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM

Beating even the teeny tiny Binch in Hackney, Wingnut Wines might just be the smallest wine bar in London. Located in Netil Market and run by Charlie Carr (who has also just opened Papi up the road with Matthew Scott of Hot 4 U) Wingut might be small but it packs a punch, with an incredible selection of unusual natural wines to take away and also to enjoy in the shop itself. Open late, it makes for a great spot for a pre or post drink when visiting Papi and they’ve even started doing a bit of food at Wingnut itself. Look out for regular events and tastings too. 


The Queen's Walk, London SE1
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Situated at an absolutely prime position, Between the Bridges is an open-air bar and events venue right next to the Thames, just in between the Southbank Centre and the London Eye. It’s free to enter, so you can walk up and grab a beer or a cocktail – or some street food – and soak in the skyline sights. But, if you are up for paying for a ticket, there’s also a huge programme of events that runs throughout the summer, featuring a number of special guests. There’ll be live music from the likes of Old Dirty Brasstards, Norman Jay MBE, The Cuban and DJ Yoda; drag brunches and performances from drag superstars Lawrence Chaney, Trinity K Bonet, Jan, Tayce, Jimbo the Drag Queen, The Vivienne and Baga Chipz; Britpop brunches; craft fairs; live cabaret acts; and more.


11 Sir Simon Milton Sq, London SW1E 5DJ
  • Monday: 7:45 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:45 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 7:45 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 7:45 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 7:45 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 7:45 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 10:30 PM

Part of Aussie restaurant group Daisy Green, Timmy Green brings a slice of Down Under life to Victoria. If the sun is shining, then the terrace is the place to be but with double height, floor-to-ceiling windows, you can still find lots of lightness and brightness inside. Go bottomless at brunch with sweetcorn fritters, fancy bacon rolls, banana bread sandwiches, Golden Gaytime pancakes and plenty of fizz. Otherwise dive into the likes of BBQ tandoori salmon, blackened miso pumpkin, the Aussie BBQ meat board, chicken parmigiana and their huge Aussie wine list.


176 Blackstock Rd, London N5 1HA
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 3:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 3:00 – 10:00 PM

Named after owner Leonardo Leoncini’s grandpa, Giacco’s leans into his Italian heritage with wines, charcuterie and cheese from small producers in Italy on the menu, which are joined by filled focaccia and fresh pasta. Running as a cafe and bottle shop during the day, you can pop into Giacco’s for some Terrone & Co coffee; salads; Leo’s take on the Florentine classic schiacciata ripiena, aka stuffed focaccia; Italian charcuterie and cheese; and wines to take away. Come evening, small plates and fresh pasta dishes like cudo di pesce, pappardelle al ragu bianco, and pici cacio e pepe hit the menu, alongside a low-intervention wine list featuring bottles from suppliers like Tutto Wines, Les Caves De Pyrene, Vine Trai, Ancestral Wines and Gergovie Wines.


170 Victoria St, London SW1E 5LB
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

If you’re looking for somewhere to watch sports in SW1, Greenwood is the place. The huge bar is dotted with screens so you can catch football, rugby, F1, NFL, tennis, boxing, basketball and golf, as well as all the action from major tournaments. You won’t be going hungry or thirsty in between all that action either – the bar is well stocked and the kitchen is serving up wing platters, burgers, and stonebaked pizzas.

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