Wet your whistle at one of the hottest new bars opening in London this summer…
Words Helen Brown
It can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff in the world of London’s watering holes, with new venues springing up daily. We’ve narrowed down a few of the best new bars opening in London this summer to guarantee you’ll sipping in stylish surrounds.
BAR TERMINI CENTRALE
This is the second venture from Tony Conigliaro of Bar Termini. He’s joined forces with coffee guru Marco Arrigo to open this Marylebone space which serves cocktails, coffee and small plates. Interiors take inspiration from Italy’s old train station cafes and the gorgeous outdoor terrace is ideal for summer evenings. The original Bar Termini in Soho won awards, so the drinks here are the business. Conigliaro is famous for his aged negronis, which are slow cooked sous vide then bottled to mimic the slow ageing of a cocktail. You can also buy the Classico Negroni bottle to take home.
Set within the five-star Courthouse Hotel, the Jailhouse Bar puts this Grade II listed building’s prison cells to use. Sip cocktails in style while the original prison doors, padded booths and soft lighting immerse you in the venue’s history. This is a relaxed lounge area by day and a drinking den by night. Live DJs and an innovative cocktail menu make this one of London’s latest and greatest nights out.
THE CAMBERWELL ARMS AT DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY
The Camberwell Arms is South London’s best gastropub and is setting up new shop at Dulwich Picture Gallery. The new residency is set up within the beautiful gardens at the gallery, celebrating 200 years since the space first opened to the public. On offer is a specially designed menu of cocktails and summer plates. The theme is seasonal so think Lilet on ice, white port and tonic, Bellinis and Rossinis.
The Bothy is the latest addition to the renowned Drake & Morgan bar group, springing up in bustling busy Canary Wharf. The place promises a medley of seasonal dishes and quirky cocktails, with mixology classes on offer and an alfresco area to enjoy.
Ever ahead of the trend, Ryan Chetiyawardana and Iain Griffiths created ripples throughout London’s bar scene when they opened White Lyan in 2013. Their menu was innovative and focused entirely on pre-batched cocktails made with no ice, sugar or citrus. Now, this groundbreaking Hoxton bar has had a transformation with the launch of Super Lyan. This sees the basement of White Lyan take on a new guise with the Mr Lyan team serving a collection of “Bitchin’ Classics”. The menu is jargon-free and guides drinkers according to personal tastes and drink preferences. The all-important cocktails include the Dog’s Nose Clover Club – a Chambord, ‘gin sizzurp’, lemon, and Guinness concoction and the Queen’s Park – made with Bacardi white and aged rums, lemon, green herbs, Peychaud and avocado leaf bitters.
Irish founders, Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, describe the Dead Rabbit as ‘an Irish bar for the 21st Century’. In a nutshell, the original three-floor New York venue is a mecca for the world’s cocktail lovers. It combines a neighbourhood taproom serving craft beer, punch and Irish whiskey, with a super refined cocktail parlour. The Dead Rabbit pop-up at Claridge’s Bar will recreate this second floor ‘Parlour’. A selection of their innovative cocktails will be available, including the renowned Irish Coffee and the contemporary classic Psycho Killer. Ragtime piano, the welcome drink, comic book cocktail menu and New York style service all work to create a little bit of Manhattan in Mayfair.
THE PRINCE OF PECKHAM
This new boozer is designed for South London, by a South Londoner. Prince Of Peckham is a pub for the people, featuring bottomless jerk wings, bottomless brunch and specially designed jerk roast by White Men Can’t Jerk. With the local community at the forefront, The Prince of Peckham will host regular events and workshops that celebrate the roots and culture of the area. This will sit alongside an ongoing line-up of food, drink and music to rival any other London hotspot.