Bar openings continue apace in London, keeping our resident bar reviewer, Keith Barker-Main, very much on his toes. We’ve hand-picked the best-rated bars and pubs he has visited this month so if you’re looking for a new watering hole, you’ve come to the right place. Scroll on for four new bars worth visiting.

Words: Keith Barker-Main

Canova Hall London restaurant bar

Canova Hall, Brixton

What: In what was once Brixton’s Bon Marché department store, Canova Hall’s post-industrial decor imaginatively references the building’s Edwardian heritage, down to a bar with functioning absinthe fountains. Cocktails include a varied range of Martinis, sours and Old Fashioneds, while a wine wall hosts a dozen taps for by-the-glass.  

Where: 250 Ferndale Road, SW9 8BQ

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Cub, Hoxton

What: Avant-garde cocktail king Ryan Chetiyawardana (of Dandelyan fame) has replaced his Hoxton hit White Lyan with this zippy drinks-led diner. Eco-minded Cub sets out to blur the boundary between food and drink, though we found the cocktails far superior to the procession of veg-heavy dishes.

Where: 153 Hoxton Street, N1 6PJ

Tap Tavern Richmond restaurant bar pub

Tap Tavern, Richmond

What: Craft beers and small-batch gins are to the fore at this appealingly converted pub in Richmond’s historic town centre, independently run by locals. The utilitarian main room features a mighty marble beer wall, while the outside tables look on to a picturesque cottage-lined lane. The line-up of British beers is joined by two dozen-plus gins and a dozen wines by the glass.

Where: Princes Street, TW9 1ED

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The Wigmore, Oxford Circus

What: This majestic belle époque room attached to The Langham hotel is gloriously attired with glossy asparagus-green paintwork, flamboyant chandeliers and comfy banquettes. Billed as a modern British tavern, heritage pub grub with a contemporary twist comes courtesy of Michel Roux Jr’s team, while drinks are overseen by the barkeeps at the hotel’s award-winning Artesian bar.

Where: 13 Langham Place, W1B 1JA

Determined to try all of London’s tastiest sips? Begin your quest with our pick of the best bars in Shoreditch.

This article was published 20 October 2017