This Scandinavian-style warehouse setup is a pretty special all-rounder. It's a good size to get a group together in, the bare wood interior touches look the part, and there's a big bar selection to get you good and sloshed, but in style. Their Gelato Sour is genius, made with with Stolichnaya vodka, Limoncello, pistachio syrup, orange bitters, egg white, lemon and pistachios. There's food throughout the day - from egg and sausage muffins (take that, McDonald's), to seared scallops or venison haunch in the evenings.
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Tom's Kitchen at HMS Belfast
Now you can eat in the visitor centre of HMS Belfast on the Thames with some cracking views of Tower Bridge. At the deli (open 8am to 6pm) you can get Tom’s Kitchen's standard sandwiches, salads and bakes with artisan coffee. But we'd probably head straight for the bar. It's open until late, with a banging selection of wines, cocktails, craft beers and some nibbles. Perfect for a date.
The vibes are strong at this sunny little slice of Jamaican cool in the arches under Deptford rail station. It grew from one man’s dream to create a relaxed, inclusive bar that paid tribute to his own heritage and the neighbourhood’s Jamaican diaspora; now, local movers and shakers pack the place on a Saturday night, getting loose to R&B, soul, reggae, and the occasional live band. But when patrons aren’t dutty wine-ing on the dance floor, they’re stuffing their gullets with a vegan take on Jamaican fare. Try goodies like braised aubergine with gungo rice 'n' peas or a smokey jackfruit burger that we’re still thinking about. Wash it all down with some choice bevvies, like the light ’n’ fresh Cucumber Cocktail.
The Clarendon Cocktail Cellar
This building is no stranger to getting boozy. It was once a Victorian pub wining the ladies and gents of the 19th century. Now it is a lavish underground lair below an arty, boutique hotel serving libations inspired by famous artworks. For example, there's the Andy Warhol “Campbell’s Tomato Soup" (basically a very posh Bloody Mary) and the Edvard Munch “Scream” (Mezcal, Lime, Cassis, Agave, Habanero). Keeping things steady are a bevy of small plates inspired by the great British pub - Crispy Pork Belly with Sauerkraut and Apple Sauce and Soft Shell Crab with Kale & Lime Mayo. Definitely a sweet addition to Pimlico's drinking scene.
Just off Lancaster Gate, this charming neighbourhood pub is a magnificent celebration of the old British boozer. Dating back to 1850, this grade II listed building stocks a wide range of Young’s beers, world lagers and fine wines, plus its got a killer menu to boot. It's also so pretty you'll probably never want to leave - oh, and did we mention there's a cocktail bar in the basement? Talk about ticking all the boxes.