During a stay in London, Soho is one of the best spots for a night out in the city. Whether you’re planning to catch a show in one of the capital’s fantastic theatres later in the evening, or just want a relaxing place to enjoy drinks with friends, you’ll find plenty of options to take your pick from.
If you’re staying at The Piccadilly London West End Hotel, then you’re perfectly placed for a great night out in Soho. Read on to find out more about some of the best places to head to during happy hour during your visit.
Jimi Loves Gloria
Colourful and exuding fun-filled glamour around every corner, the Soho branch of Jimi Loves Gloria is a perfect spot for a girls’ night out in the city. The shimmering, sequined walls, colourful neon signs and pretty lights come together to conjure a brilliant atmosphere, while the delicious drinks menu has plenty to tempt you.
You’ll find an ample variety of bubbles, premium cocktails and even a good selection of non-alcoholic mocktails for a hangover-free night. If you need a little extra help in recovering the day after though, book yourself into the Rituals Spa West End for an indulgent pamper.
Experimental Cocktail Club
While it might not look like much from the outside, the Experimental Cocktail Club holds all kinds of treasures within. Just a short distance away from The Piccadilly West End, this stylish and lively bar has plenty of buzzing atmosphere, to ensure you have a fabulous time while you’re there.
As the name suggests, you’ll find a good number of more experimental flavours on the drinks menu, as well as all the old favourites. Don’t worry about them missing the mark with flavour though – their bar staff are experts at crafting fantastic drinks, and you’ll come away pleasantly surprised with a new favourite or two.
London Cocktail Club
Located on Shaftesbury Avenue, the London Cocktail Club promises one of the best happy hours in Soho, and the trendy, tattoo parlour-inspired décor certainly creates one of the most stylish looks around. Sink into cosy vintage leather sofas while surrounded by eclectic artwork, or get up and dance to the fantastic selection of music playing.
The London Cocktail Club has a thing for rum, so if this is your spirit of choice, there’s an ample variety of drinks to take your pick from.
Despite the name, this stylish bar exudes luxury and hedonism and is the perfect place to take a date if you want to impress them. Start with an indulgent Indian Afternoon Tea London, before making your way down to this plush Soho gem.
Situated on the site of the infamous 60s bar, The Pinstripe Haunt, Disrepute combines luxury with a spirit of adventure, with an expertly crafted menu of cocktails, that each take on you an inspiring and surprising journey. Nestle up in the plush booths for a more intimate night, or grab one of the larger tables if you’re here with a larger group.
If you’re trying to get in someone’s good books and want to make an impact, head to this grown-up, American-style cocktail bar. With its authentic Art Deco décor, the opulence of Bar Americain stands out from the sea of trendy, colourful spots.
This place is all about being classy, so take your pick from their menu of classic cocktails, and sit back as their bartenders show off their expertise. To make sure you really do impress, treat them to a luxurious treatment at Rituals Spa West End the following day. That’ll ensure you make a lasting, positive impact.
Milk and Honey
While Milk and Honey’s Soho outpost is technically a members’ bar, it is open to non-members, and with 15 years’ experience of providing fantastic cocktails to a discerning clientele, is well worth a visit, if you can get in. The original Milk and Honey is in New York, and their London branch is much loved amongst industry insiders, which is high praise.
Stylish without being stuffy, this isn’t a bar for posers, but a place where you can look forward to some exceptional drinks in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Perfect for a laid back night with great company.
Exuding a moody, cinematic vibe, this Soho institution is the perfect place to head to if you want an excellent combination of great food and drink. Tea Room takes its inspiration from Chinese cuisine, and the speakeasy-style bar is located below Bun House, the acclaimed Chinese restaurant and takeaway spot.
You’ll find plenty of authenticity to soak up here, from captivating neon lights and a soundtrack of vintage 60s tunes from the Far East, as well as a heady menu of Chinese spirits and all kinds of exotic cocktails. And given the bar’s name, there’s also an exceptional menu of fragrant tea blends, so there is plenty to choose from here.
The Blind Pig
Tucked away discreetly above the Michelin-starred restaurant, Social Eating House, The Blind Pig is a Soho favourite for many and it’s not hard to see why. Upon stepping in, you’ll find a charming and relaxed layout, with sweet, mismatched furniture combining antiques and quirky pieces for a unique look.
The drinks menu is similarly refreshing, with delectably enjoyable concoctions to try out amongst all the usual classics. Try the Rhubarb and Custard, made with custard, rhubarb wine, and sloe gin, for a festive treat.
Mr Foggs Tavern
You’ll find outposts of Mr Foggs across the city, and their Soho branch captures all of the distinctive, Victorian flairs you’d expect from them. Antlers and vintage oil paintings line the walls, while a fantastic menu of cocktails and drinks perfectly compliments the quirky character of the bar.
The tavern also has an excellent selection of classic pub food, including snacks and larger dishes, making it a great place to head to in Soho if you’re planning a longer night out in London.