Finding a good bar in London can be an overwhelming process so, to take the pressure off, we’ve compiled a list of the best bars in Chelsea and Notting Hill. Cheers to easier decision making! 

Words Paola Peralta

The best bars in Chelsea and Notting Hill to add to your line-up.

THE RUM KITCHEN

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This Caribbean-inspired restaurant and cocktail bar brings the beach to the city. With three locations to choose from, spend the afternoon sipping refreshing tropical cocktails out of tiki cups on the main floor, in the basement or on the rooftop patio in the summers. The colourful decor and upbeat music will make any night out feel like a holiday.

therumkitchen.com

KING’S HEAD AND COURTYARD

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Located in the heart of Bishop’s park, this cocktail bar and courtyard combo serves as the perfect escape from the big city. Inspired by kingdoms, jungles and magic, this bar will leave you mesmerized with its whimsical accessories pulled straight from a storybook. Enjoy speciality drinks such as their signature cocktail served in a light bulb, as well as a variety of delicious food. Live like a king, even if it’s just for a few hours.

kingsheadlondon.com

THE COLTON ARMS

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Known to locals for its obvious charm, this pint-sized bar is tucked away into the heart of west London. Right now the walled garden is the perfect hideaway for summer drinks but come winter, guests can curl up by the fireplace to escape the cold. A delicious seasonal menu is available year-round.

thecoltonarms.co.uk

THE BOTANIST

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The Botanist is a popular Chelsea’s hotspot located right on Sloane Square. This bustling bar is the perfect place for Champagne sipping, unique cocktails and people watching. Enjoy a signature garden-inspired botanical cocktails and dine from any one of their numerous food menus. All are divine. 

thebotanistonsloanesquare.com

THE CHELSEA PENSIONER

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Located only a minute’s walk from Stamford Bridge, this local pub is the place to be for football fans – especially Chelsea fans on a home day. An electrifying atmosphere awaits for sports fans with live game screenings, karaoke, unbeatable after-work drinks specials and classic pub grub. This pub is the perfect hang out place to knock back a few beers or enjoy some wine and spirits.

thechelseapensioner.co.uk

BARTS

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This speakeasy bar takes themed venues to a whole new level. Barts is set in the 1920s prohibition era and comes with a list of housekeeping rules, including a password to get in. Sporting beautiful flowers and a summer cocktail list, Barts is also home to a secret garden where customers can enjoy the weather while remaining secluded. Put on your most dazzling outfit and prepare to party like it’s 1929.

barts-london.com

THE CHURCHILL ARMS

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The Churchill Arms was built back in the 1970s making it one of the oldest and most historic pubs in London. As its namesake implies, this venue and specialises in everything Winston Churchill but their claims to fame don’t end there. The Churchill Arms has also been recognised for their beautiful flower displays which are one of the winners of the Chelsea Flower Show. If that’s not enough, The Churchill Arms is one of the first London bars to serve Thai food alongside their ales.

churchillarmskensington.co.uk