Hurrah! Our capital has won the 'Best City In The World For Bars' award. Here's where to go on the list …
We always had a hunch that the London cocktail scene was planet Earth's finest – and now, we've been proven correct.
Our fine capital has taken home a whole load of muddled glory with a win for 'Best City In The World For Bars' at the World's 50 Best Bars 2015.
With a brilliant nine drinking dens in the list – five of which are in the top 10 – we've got everything covered, from the classics (The American Bar at The Savoy) to the innovative (Nightjar). Our little island is doing pretty bloomin' well.
Here are some of the entries you really need to try …
Best for getting experimental
Ranking: number 1
Why it's great: named 'The World's Best Bar' in the awards list, this plush watering hole at one of London's fanciest hotels is all about playing with your senses.
From bespoke designed glassware that creates the perfect vessel for your drink, to new ways with ingredients (flavours of smoke, coriander and artichoke all feature) this is a totally different kind of bar experience.
Have: The Langham 50th Anniversary; it's a sweet/sharp muddle of gin, tea, sherry, raspberry and yuzu.
How much? Expect to spend around £17 on a cocktail.
1C Portland Place, London W1B 1JA. Visit artesian-bar.co.uk
Best for old-school glamour
Ranking: number 5
Why it's great: if you're after a lesson in deliciously vintage glamour, then you can't do better than The Savoy's American Bar. Drinks are mixed by white suit-clad barmen, vintage photos line the walls and there's a tinkle of piano keys from the in-house musician.
Have: La Dame de Fer. It's calvados, fresh lemon, sugar syrup, angostura bitters and matcha powder. Yum.
How much? You're looking at the £19 mark for a cocktail, or £10 for a gin and tonic.
The Savoy Hotel, 100 Strand, London WC2R 0EZ. Visit savoy-london.co.uk
Best for feeling like you're in The Great Gatsby
Name: The Connaught Bar
Ranking: number 9
Why it's great: step inside this art deco-style haven and feel like you're living in the jazz age. The most fabulous way to top off a night out in the capital.
Have: The Avenue. Tequila, Maker’s Mark, passion fruit, homemade rosehip syrup, fresh orange juice and orange flower water; it's fruity, floral and smoky.
How much? Most cocktails are at about £17.
The Connaught, Carlos Place, London W1K 2AL. Visit the-connaught.co.uk
Best for maximum cool points
Name: 69 Colebrooke Row
Ranking: number 41
Why it's great: manned by mixologist supremeo Tony Conigliaro, this little Islington hangout is all old-school Italian style. Bottle-aged cocktails and flavour-distilled spirits make this a place to remember.
Have: The Lipstick Rose. Because dry rosé, raspberry vodka and champagne are, obviously, heaven.
How much? House cocktails from £10.50.
69 Colebrooke Row, London, N1 8AA. Visit 69colebrookerow.com
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