The Five Best Bars in London’s Fitzrovia

Fitzrovia is fast becoming a London foodie destination in its own right. But there could be such a thing as too much choice, couldn’t there? The whole area is littered with bars and restaurants, but without trying them all, how do you know which are the best London bars in this area?  Well, I have tried all of them and here are my Europe travel tips for the five best bars in Fitzrovia.

by Ferg

Bourne & Hollingsworth, Rathbone Place. If I’m in the area, you can guarantee that there’s a stop off here. For more than one cocktail. Yes it’s small. Yes it gets busy. But the barmen are very good-looking, the entertainment is great and the cocktails are fab. The mismatched vintage decor is cute too.

Charlotte Street Hotel, Charlotte Street. This hotel bar isn’t as swanky as it should be. By that I mean they don’t sneer at me when I go in. but it’s very pretty and the cocktails are excellent. It’s not my first choice, but if you see a table outside, nab it and sit and watch London for a couple of hours.

Shochu Lounge, Charlotte Street. Shochu is fast becoming my favourite bar in the area. For a start it means I got to try Shochu, which is a bit like Japanese vodka. But this is a really nice place. Expensive, yes. but the service is cocktails are worth it. And so is the doorman who asks if you’d like him to hail you a taxi. That was fun.

Charlotte Street Blues, Charlotte Street. This bar is a little further up from the main Charlotte Street hubbub, and it really benefits from it. Granted the first time I came here they made my margarita with vodka, but they’ve got better as they’ve become more established. Arrive after a few drinks elsewhere and enjoy the live music.

The Crown and Sceptre, Foley Street. This is in the back end of Fitzrovia, but it’s worth the short walk. Much nicer than the nothing-y pubs around Charlotte Street. Great food, a decent selection of beers, and enough space even when it gets busy. Avoid on a Friday evening though, it gets very crowded. Any other time though, and it’s a lovely spot for a few drinks.

If you prefer a more traditional pub, then I recommend my favourite London pub is The Clifton in St John’s Wood.

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