Lose Yourself In One of These Library Bars
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We love the smell of a good book. Old or new. Red or blue. Just bloody love it. Reading at home is great, but nobody gets to see you being cultured - so we like to grab a drink, snuggle down on a Chesterfield, pick a good book and sniff the pages. Oh, and read them too.
Fully equipped with coffee, tea, snacks and a very tempting licensed bar, this cosy set-up creates the ideal atmosphere for a dive into the second hand books on display. Live music every Saturday, as well as regular soul and BYOV (bring your own vinyl) nights.
This is your traditional old boys' club bar with leather bound books, a great selection of armchairs and political cartoons adorning the walls. With more spirits than you can shake a stick at, this is a place to go if you are feeling flush, or if someone wealthy is visiting.
Walk through a fake bookcase in Benugo Bar & Kitchen (at BFI Southbank) to find a secret cocktail bar: The Drawing Room. The perfect hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the area and for pre-dinner aperitifs.
Head up to the library bar on the first floor of this pub and have a good long sit. We love the checkerboard floor and dark wood surrounds. The food here puts pub grub to shame with quite an ambitious menu and a wholesome selection of snackage. There's also a secret cinema in the basement, showing blockbuster-style movies - and they take requests. Score.
The best way to describe Fable is 'a pretty restaurant you might want to impress your granny with'. Inspired by children's fairytales, this place is full of curiosities like typewriters and seating booths made from books. Just don't be tempted to play Jenga with them.