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London's Best Cocktail Bars, Because Why Not Sip It In Style? (PICTURES)

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From Bloody Marys to Tom Collins, there's nothing we like more than sitting on a high stool (or a low stool, chair, sofa or simply standing) and sipping on a tasty cocktail.

We'd like to think of ourselves as cocktail connoisseurs here at HuffPost UK and have pain-stakingly scoured the capital to bring you a range of fine establishments to wet your whistle.

Think we've missed any or disagree with our choices? Let us know in the comments below.

  • City Social
    City Social

    "You can keep your dark grottos and Dickensian apothecaries. When I want a cocktail, I want to feel fabulous. There are fewer better locations than City Social, which has a jaw-dropping, wall to ceiling view of London, and cosy booths to sip your tipple.

    "Speaking of tipple, cocktails are perfectly executed, from the more out-there Pea-lini (pictured) (that's peas and bellini, dah-ling) to straight vodka martinis.

    "Plus, the fact that it's a Jason Atherton winner means the bar snacks are superb - no pork scratchings here, and even if they did them you can bet it'd be the best pork scratching of your life. Oh, and make sure you visit the toilets. You'll see what we mean"
    City Social 24th Floor, 25 Old Broad St, London EC2N 1HQ 020 7877 7703
  • Booking Office, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
    Booking Office
    "Rest assured - although this bar may be in a train station, it's certainly not your standard Wetherspoon's.

    "With live music and a glowing atmosphere, beaten only by the drinks, it's a great place to while away the night. The bar is well worth a visit, not to mention it's part of the stunning St Pancras Renaissance.

    "Try the Burnt Brandy, served warm and the perfect drink for those chilly winter evenings, or the Old Fashioned - certainly the best I've tasted in London (and believe me, I've tried a fair few). For something with a fruity punch, opt for for the Kentucky Spritzer or the Buffalo Diamond - a refreshing number with an agostura kick, served in a delightfully quirky silver tankard.

    Booking Office
    St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
    Euston Road, King's Cross, NW1 2AR
    020 7841 3566
  • Nightjar
    "Blink and you'll miss it, this tucked away bar on Old Street is one of London's hidden gems. Grab a cosy corner at this old-school glamour venue and drink the night away.

    "The cocktails are rich and dressed to impress. Smoking, bedecked in foliage or dressed up in sweet treats, the drinks are split into four categories: pre-prohibition, prohibition, post-war and nightjar signatures."

    She added: "My faves were the Hobson's Kiss, served up with pineapple sorbet and topped with champagne, and the naughty but delicious Adam and Eve. All topped off by the delightful live blues band, who well and truly made the night."

    Consumer marketing manager Caoimhe O'Reilly says: "This place is so much fun: authentic cocktails, great music and a lot of dancing. I would recommend to book in advance. Good spot and it’s open til the small hours of the morning. Perfect blend of prohibition alcohol, jazz and great company."
    129 City Road, EC1V 1JB
    0207 253 4101
  • Hoxton 100
    Hoxton 100
    "Glass-fronted, white walls, minimalist - the interior is inspired by the council block that the cocktail-bar-slash-restaurant calls home. It's pretty damn cool and well worth the walk from Shoreditch High Street."

    "My favourite cocktails are the 100 Hoxton (prosecco with a hint of lychee, ginger, lemongrass & chili) for some uplifting fruity fizz and the Jamaican Me Oriental (Appleton VX rum, pomegranate, lime, coriander & chili) for a spicy, citrussy edge."

    "The bar prefers punters to eat while they sip cocktails, so pick something delicious from the Asian-inspired menu - it'd be rude not to."

    100 Hoxton
    100-102 Hoxton St, London, Greater London, N1 6SG
    020 7729 1444
  • Ruby's
    Ruby's/Tom Bowles
    "A Dalston basement masquerading as a cross between a tiled butchers shop and a fifties living room, Ruby's has a distinctive vintage charm that runs right through its drinks menu.

    "From an old fashioned mixed with Japanese whisky to the tall blackberry mojito, nothing is quite what you expect, and while the prices are definitely more modern than retro, the atmosphere alone would be well worth the price."

    Ruby's Dalston
    76 Stoke Newington Rd, London

  • Graphic Bar
    Graphic Bar
    "Specialises in gin... Central, spacious and quirky (it likes its art and serves some drinks in paint pots) but MOST EXCITINGLY OF ALL it does a cocktail which, for £30,000, will be presented to you while Tony Hadley sings 'Gold', live, at your table.

    "Clearly, they must have some sort of hotline to him which they use whenever someone orders it. If, indeed, anybody ever has."

    Graphic Bar Graphic Bar, Golden Square, London

    0207 287 9241
  • 214 Bermondsey
    214 Bermondsey
    "If you like gin - and, boy, we hope you do - then 214 Bermondsey is the establishment for you. "Set in a basement at the end of beautiful Bermondsey street, there is more gin than you can shake a cocktail stick at. "Highlights: the gin flight (pictured). This is great fun - try three gins from around the world and challenge yourself to guess the which is which using only a description of distinct flavours and your tastebuds. Trust us, it's harder than it sounds."

    214 Bermondsey
    214 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3TJ
    020 7403 6875
  • The Lonsdale
    The Lonsdale
    "The Lonsdale serves up refreshingly simple and wonderfully understated drinks with no frills and no fuss: just pure cocktail.

    "Modestly priced, the extensive menu ranges from New York and London classics to bar manager Marco's own creations.

    "Firm favourites re the Russian Spring Punch and The Old Cuban - so good I tend to have two. Of all the London bars I've frequented, these cocktails come first for flavour."

    "And if you're peckish, try their mouthwateringly incredible starters: steak tartare and the asparagus with duck's egg and truffle toast. Mmm."

    The Lonsdale
    48 Lonsdale Road, Notting Hill
    0207 727 4080
  • Made In Brasil
    Made In Brasil
    "Amazing, cheap, delicious and beautiful Caipirinhas at Happy Hour until 8pm every day and Tuesday ALL DAY LONG.

    Made In Brasil
    12 Inverness Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 7HJ
    0207 4820 777
  • Sushi Samba
    Brogan Driscoll
    "If the view isn't enough to make you ride the lift all the ear-popping way to the 39th floor. The cocktails certainly will."

    "The chucumber is a light and refreshing must for gin-lovers. Gin, plum wine and Maraschino liqueur shaken with freshly pressed cucumber water, lime, sugar and plum bitters."

    Sushi Samba
    Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
    0203 640 7330
  • BYOC
    "A secret speakeasy hidden beneath an ordinary looking juice bar.

    "Book a table, bring a bottle of booze and watch an expert mixologist knock up some delish cocktails at your table. Exposed brick, proibition era music, vintage drinks trolly."

    28 Bedfordbury Street, Covent Garden, Central London
  • Ridley Road Market Bar
    Ridley Road Market Bar
    "Cheap-as-chips ginger mojitos or tequila and grapefruit mixers. Tiki-themed, with plastic fruit a-plenty and a different street food served outside every week while you queue."

    Ridley Road Market Bar
    49 Ridley Road, Dalston, E8 2NP London, United Kingdom