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...After Work Drinks

Date: 28.01.11 Category:

“After-work drinks should be enforced by HR Departments looking to ease stress amongst employees.”

Searching for some of the best London spots for after-work drinks? Depending on your location, mood, the weather and your bank balance, my pick of the city's post-work drinking haunts will point you in the right direction for every occasion. 

NOTTING HILL
The Electric Brasserie  is a hugely popular Portobello Road venue, which is always buzzing with a convivial atmosphere: a safe bet whatever the occasion. Beach Blanket Babylon occupies a prominent position in an old Georgian Mansion on Ledbury Road. The bar is home to an extensive cocktail list and offers a vibrant setting to a wile away an evening. Montgomery Place offers great cocktails and service in comfortable and relaxed surroundings, whereas over the road at E&O, the bar continues to pack in a loyal crowd who go for great bar food, cocktails and the sophisticated, elegant surroundings. Negozia Classica is a rustic, atmospheric and intimate wine bar and store offering regional specialities from Europe and Italy, and No. 92 in Notting Hill Brasserie offers live jazz every evening and an eclectic mix of cocktails that encompass the modern and the more traditional; a new, intimate addition to the Notting Hill scene.

MAYFAIR
Whether you love cocktails or you simply fancy drinking late in sophisticated surroundings, Mayfair bars are hard to beat for stylish looks and great service. Situated on the first floor of Hush is an informal Cocktail Lounge - the ideal spot for relaxed drinks, catching up with friends or a leisurely aperitif before dining. There is also a hidden booth for close groups. Over the cobbled street is Mews of Mayfair where their cocktail bar offers deep leather sofas, Queen Anne chairs and chandeliers to welcome in the post-work drinkers. The Donavan Bar in Brown's Hotel offers cocktails and live jazz. Their drinks list includes their signature cocktail the ‘Box Brownie’ and award-winning cocktail 'The Space Race'. The Connaught Bar offers the finest traditional cocktails with innovative twists, and is amongst the most exclusive and sophisticated bars in town. And The Running Horse is where you will find drinkers over-spilling the pavement trying to forget the stresses of the day.

SOHO/CENTRAL
Purl is a hugely popular and revolutionary cocktail bar that combines elements of Victorian Gin Palaces, prohibition Speakeasies and forward thinking cocktail technology. Gordon's wine bar offers schooners of sherry, beakers of port, tumblers of wine, dusty bottles and barrels in candlelit caverns; a rustic and intimate great date place. Shochu Lounge is the subterranean, stylish lounge bar beneath ever-popular, Roka. Their extensive cocktails are expertly made using fruit liqueurs based on distilled Japanese spirits. Kettners serves fresh, contemporary brasserie food and exquisite cocktails and Champagnes from their iconic Champagne bar. It's perfect for a post-work or pre-theatre sophisticated drink, as is nearby QV Bar. And set below the bustling street, Frevd cafe-bar boasts an impressive selection of house wines, cask ales and innovative cocktails to a relaxed crowd of cocktail-lovers.

EAST/NORTH
At Favela Chic one could be forgiven for thinking they were in Paris or Rio. Adhering to its name, this bar serves chic, contemporary cocktails from its ever-buzzing bar. Public House is slightly set apart from the Upper Street hubbub but serving good food and imaginative cocktails it is not to be missed. The Hoxton Grill offers comfortable banquette seating and outdoor space to ensure that this relaxed Shoreditch venue is the perfect destination to meet and eat in a relaxed atmosphere. Vinoteca is steadily building its reputation as one of London's most exciting Wine Bars and Shops, pulling a loyal crowd and 69 Colebrooke Row, with world renowned bartenders, promises an experience as well as exquisite cocktails. 

CHELSEA/KENSINGTON
The crowd that assembles every evening at The Botanist speaks for itself. The Phene fuses the home comforts of a traditional Chelsea townhouse with a sophisticated interior making it a warm and welcoming spot to unwind and relax throughout the day and into the evening. Not far away, The Orange, with an informal weathered interior, is a fun and lowkey place to meet with friends and The Buidlers Arms retains a traditional pub feel and remains a firm favourtie amongst Chelsea locals. But for those seeking some seductive flair head to   
Eclipse Chelsea, which was one of the first high end cocktail bars in the area.

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Beach Blanket Babylon Notting Hill 

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Beach Blanket Babylon Notting Hill 

Restaurant with bar

"Full of character, BBB in Notting Hill is a popular spot for cocktails."

45 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AA

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Montgomery Place

Montgomery Place

Bar

"A low-lit, relaxed and seductive sanctum, ideal for dates and impromptu nights out."

31 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU

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E&O

E&O

Restaurant

"E&O is chic and sleek. With a vibrant bar and upbeat restaurant, it is a favourite with the well-heeled but fun-loving locals."

14 Blenheim Crescent, London W11 1NN

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Negozio Classica

Negozio Classica

Restaurant with bar

"A great date place, Negozia Classica is charming, relaxed and alluring, serving incredible wine and authentic Italian food in an..."

283 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2QA

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Notting Hill Brasserie & No. 92

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Notting Hill Brasserie & No. 92

Restaurant

"Tucked around the corner from Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road, this is an understated, romantic restaurant."

92 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2PN

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Hush

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Hush

Restaurant with bar

"Tucked away behind New Bond Street, Hush is a chic, buzzy spot for the memory bank."

Brook Street, London W1S 1EY

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Mews of Mayfair

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Mews of Mayfair

Restaurant

"Tucked away behind Bond Street, Mews of Mayfair pulls a sharply suited crowd of keen drinkers."

10-11 Lancashire Court, New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1EY

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The Donovan Bar

The Donovan Bar

Bar

"A blend of top hotel service and a Mayfair after-work crowd, make this bar a sophisticated, vibrant destination."

Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BP

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The Connaught Bar

The Connaught Bar

Bar

"They don't come cheap but their award-winning mixologist makes superb cocktails including a sensational Blood Mary. Heaven in a..."

The Connaught, Carlos Place, London W1K 2AL

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The Running Horse

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The Running Horse

Pub

"Where the Mayfair gents head for sustenance."

50 Davies Street, London SW1W 8NA

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Purl London

Purl London

Bar

"With low-lighting, jazz, and a cosy atmosphere; nowhere will be more welcoming in the winter."

50-54 Blandford Street, London W1U 7HX

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Gordon's Wine Bar

Gordon's Wine Bar

Bar

"The intimate, charming, rustic and candle-lit Gordon's is a hot for dates with city-types. "

47 Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NE

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Shochu Lounge

Shochu Lounge

Bar

"Situated below Roka, this buzzing bar is a winner for dates (so long as you don't accidently spit when you say the name)."

37 Charlotte Street, London W1T1RR

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Kettners

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Kettners

Restaurant

"The Champagne Bar at Kettner's offers a sophisticated retreat in central Soho."

29 Romilly Street, London W1D 5HP

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Quo Vadis & QV Bar

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Quo Vadis & QV Bar

Restaurant with bar

"From the two brothers who also brought us Barrafina and Fino, this is a sophisticated destination on Dean Street."

26-29 Dean Street, London W1D 3LL

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Frevd

Frevd

Bar

"Hidden away under a shop, this unique cafe-come-bar is worth searching for."

198 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JL

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Favela Chic

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Favela Chic

Restaurant with bar and nightclub

"Brazilian-theme, Favela Chic is quirky and spirited; a hugely popular haunt in Shoreditch."

91-93 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3HZ

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Public House

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Public House

Bar

"An eccentric but exquisite little find where the atmosphere is as balmy, as it is barmy."

51 Islington Park Street, London N1 1PX

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Hoxton Grill

Hoxton Grill

Restaurant with bar

"A classic American grill offering a relaxed atmosphere throughout the day and night."

81 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3HU

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Vinoteca

Vinoteca

Restaurant with bar

"Vinoteca is an award-winning wine bar that serves over 25 wines by the glass and a seasonal British and European menu that..."

7 St John Street, London EC1M 4AA

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69 Colebrooke Row

69 Colebrooke Row

Bar

"Also known as The Bar With No Name, 69 Colebrooke Row is widely known to serve some of the best cocktails in London."

69 Colebrooke Row, London N1 8AA

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The Botanist

The Botanist

Restaurant

"The pavement outside The Botanist is one of the most sought-after patches of tarmac for after-work drinks in the summer months. "

No.7, Sloane Square, London SW1W 8EE

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The Phene

The Phene

Pub

"Newly spruced, The Phene offers an intimate and informal setting that is chic and sleek all through the week."

9 Phene Street, London SW3 5NY

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The Orange

The Orange

Pub

"A pub-come-restaurant, The Orange is a destination haunt for local residents, families, the young, and the old from neighbouring..."

37 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8NE

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The Builder's Arms

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The Builder's Arms

Pub

"Snug and spirited inside, summery and sociable outside, this pub is popular and packed all year round."

13 Britten Street, Chelsea, SW3 3TY

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Eclipse Chelsea

Eclipse Chelsea

Bar

"Eclipse Chelsea should be visited for the Watermelon Martini alone."

Eclipse Chelsea - 111/113 Walton Street, London, SW3 2HP

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