Looking for somewhere brilliant to drink in the City of London area? Take a look at our pick of the best City bars, so you can be sure that you’ll be sipping with the capital’s most clued-up suits. If you need a bar in Bank or a libation in Leadenhall, you’ll find our curated list of the best places to drink in the City of London below. Scroll on for London’s best City bars, all in one manageable list.
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Best bars in the City
9 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YL
Indian culinary star Vivek Singh's standalone cocktail lounge next door to Cinnamon Kitchen is a City hotspot, popular for office celebrations, first dates... more »
1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ
Manicured lawns, topiary, wisteria-clad cloisters and an alfresco bar make this memorable rooftop garden a shoo-in for summer drinking. Covered and heated... more »
29A Wentworth Street, London E1 7TB
Squeezed into a former schmutter merchant's low-beamed storeroom, this is just the place if you want to wet your whistle in style off Petticoat Lane. As... more »
5a Ravey Street, London EC2A 4QW
‘No gimmicks, just good service, banter and great booze’, that's Found's mantra. Unlike certain hubristic City chancers, this unostentatious gaff – hidden... more »
44 Old Street, London EC1V 9AQ
Named after the Gibson Girl, the embodiment of 1900s American beauty as imagined by illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, this bijou lovely inhabits a converted... more »
10 Basinghall Street, London EC2V 5BQ
Made to look satisfyingly old-school like the adjacent steakhouse restaurant, Hawksmoor Guildhall’s bar features ample wood and leather upholstery, which... more »
The Ned, 27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ
Designed by Sir Edwin (‘Ned’) Lutyens in the 1920s, the former Midland Bank’s HQ is now London’s most hyped hotel, and The Nickel Bar occupies part of... more »
129 City Road, London EC1V 1JB
Book in advance for Edmund Weil and Rosie Stimpson's highly rated and regularly rammed jazz-age hootenanny, which is home to nightly blues, swing and ragtime... more »
1 City Road, London EC1Y 1AG
This penumbral, louche gin joint lurks in the basement of Singer Tavern, originally home to the world-renowned British sewing machine brand of that ilk.... more »
Discover the most popular bars in the City with the SquareMeal guide to the best bars in the City. Considered as the financial and legal centre of London, the City, otherwise known as the Square Mile, is filled with thousands of workers every day. It is also home to some of London’s most important landmarks including St Pauls Cathedral, the Bank of England, the Monument and the Old Bailey as well as more modern buildings such as the iconic Gherkin. With a work hard play hard ethic at its heart, bars play a vital role within life in the City. From lunchtimes through to late at night, the City is an exciting and vibrating London drinking spot.
There are countless great bars in the City catering for all tastes and budgets, each one certain to be buzzing during weekday evenings when they fill up with thirsty after workers. SquareMeal’s list of the best bars in the City is a helpful guide to discovering the City’s most popular drinking holes. Why not also check out SquareMeal’s excellent suggestions for the best bars in nearby Clerkenwell and Blackfriars too?
Every one of the top bars in the City featured in SquareMeal’s list of the best bars in the City have been tried and tested by critics and our own customers so check out the reviews with SquareMeal today. Each SquareMeal listing features an independent review, as well as reviews from those who have visited, together with unique special offers such as free drinks and discounts.