Make the most of all that London nightlife has to offer by investigating the newest batch of the capital’s drinking dens. Our resident bar reviewer, Keith Barker-Main, is here to guide you through the best-rated bars and pubs he has visited over the past month. Scroll on for four freshly opened bars and pubs all vying to become your new favourite drinking spot. 

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Anthracite, King’s Cross (featured image)

What: Formerly bedroom suites, this jazzy lounge is the most recent of three bars at architect Lewis Cubbitt’s 1850s Italianate railway hotel. All coal black walls, honey and treacle-tone woods, flame blue upholstery and funky glass chandeliers, this is a dramatic space. Competent mixology is obvious at the bar, while snacks include oscietra caviar with blinis.

Where: Great Northern Hotel, King’s Cross St Pancras International Station, Pancras Road N1C 4TB

The Drop food

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Image Credit:Joe Woodhouse 

The Drop, King’s Cross 

What: New from the Harts Group (Barrafina etc.), this unfussy, upbeat wine bar is at the heart of new ‘lifestyle quarter’ Coal Drops Yard. The 50-strong, largely European wine list features entertaining finds: gutsy Greeks; bosky orange wine and Pheasant’s Tears. Snacks meanwhile, see English onion soup, or guinea fowl and girolles pie.

Where: Unit 4, Coal Drops Yard, Woolstonecraft Street, N1C 4BT 

Grays and feather interior

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Grays & Feather, Covent Garden 

What: Whimsical new wave wine bar Grays & Feather is a showcase for owner/ importer Andrew Gray's passion, and top notch sparkling wines are the compelling tale here. Despite the absence of Champagne and a food menu which isn’t quite up to scratch yet, we were enticed by the likes of classy crémants, elegant Italian bubbles and Canadian cuvées.

Where: 26 Wellington Street, WC2E 7DD

White Haus Interior

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The White Haus, Farringdon

What: Filled with an avalanche of Heidi-hi-kitsch props and vintage winter sports memorabilia on loan from the Ski Club of Great Britain, this three-storey ‘alpine chalet’ serves up Hot Toddies and the likes of a Salted Caramel Old-Fashioned. Chow down on dishes such as croque monsieur and chicken schnitzel Holstein, before indulging in fondue.

Where: 17 Farringdon Street, EC4A 4AB

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