Whether you consider yourself a wine connoisseur, a cocktail aficionado, or just enjoy a glass (or two), Covent Garden offers the best bars in central London, overflowing with hideaways to spend date night or an evening catching up with old friends. Live life like Cora Pearl on Henrietta Street, discover Frenchie’s seasonal cocktails or get experimental with mixologists at Henrietta.
The long-awaited opening of SUSHISAMBA in late 2018 was one for ages, Brazil had arrived at Covent Garden in true samba style. Walking into the decadent restaurant above the Market Building in an Instagram picture waiting to happen with an incredible painted staircase making way to an urban jungle wrapped around jewel toned seating.
The bar greets you as you walk in and is the perfect place for a pre or post-show drink, a catch up with friends or a destination to impress a date. Sip on signatures like their Sake Spritz or Little Pedro whilst snacking on green bean tempura and take in the sights of the Piazza below. Every month they have a different SAMBATINI, the perfect excuse to keep going back again and again.
New to the Piazza and all the way from Italy is the latest opening in the Market Building; Vyta (pronounced vee-ta). Inside and out this truly opulent space is going to be a hot ticket in the summer and beyond.→ Vyta
Transport yourself to downtown New York at Balthazar. Perch at the Parisian-style bar and enjoy a selection for carefully chosen wines alongside expertly mixed cocktails at the bar by the award-winning bartenders. House cocktails include Negroni Finis, a mix of gin, Cinzano Orancio, Campari, Byrrh and passion fruit and the Two to Four, a delicious combination of gin and champagne with Merlet Poire and lemon juice.
From the team behind the Experimental Cocktail Club, the Henrietta is one of Covent Garden’s best kept secrets. Guests can enjoy a dynamic atmosphere into the afterhours with a late night menu and cocktails available until 1am. The lights will be dimmed and the music turned up allowing guests to stay and play at their table, or head upstairs to the mezzanine bar. With an expert team and an ever changing menu of cocktails, it is one of the best cocktail bars in London’s West End.
Perhaps the worst/best kept secret bar in Covent Garden, The Savoy’s prestigious American Bar – the world’s longest-surviving cocktail bar – is the best bar in the world. Originally opened in 1903, the first ever bartender was a lady named Ada ‘Coley’ Coleman, whose signature cocktail was the Hanky Panky, still a popular choice today. Ada’s successor was the inspirational Harry Craddock, who not only created a number of classic cocktails but who notoriously compiled these recipes into the legendary Savoy Cocktail book, still regarded today as the bartender’s bible. From cocktails such as Curtain Call, inspired my frequent guest of The Savoy Marlene Dietrich, all the way to First Impressions, which is based on the first time David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor met in which Bowie kept her waiting for four hours.