Whatever you want out of your watering hole, you’ll find the perfect place in The City.
Whether you’re looking for a swish place to entertain clients, a quiet pint not far from your serviced apartment or simply something a little bit different, The City of London has the watering hole for you. Take a look at our guide to some of the best places for a drink in this part of the capital.
Ye Olde Mitre
Having been built in 1546 and extended in 1782, it’s safe to say that Ye Olde Mitre has seen plenty of history in its time. This is reflected in the historical framed pictures lining the walls. It has a staunchly traditional feel to it and having been awarded the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Pub of the Year title by the East London & City branch on multiple occasions it’s safe to say there’s a good beer selection.
Perfect for: History
How to find it: On Ely Place, next door to St Etheldreda’s Church, where Henry VIII was married
The White Horse
The White Horse is a fantastic option for taking clients to for a number of reasons. It hits the balance between being hip and homely; you can always hear each other speak, which is important when doing deals; and there’s a great selection of ales and other drinks to keep everyone happy. What’s more, there’s a great outdoor space and you can even hire an area if there’s a large group of you.
Perfect for: Drinks with clients
How to find it: Near Liverpool Street Station in Exchange Square on Bishopsgate
Corney & Barrow Exchange Square
With plenty of outdoor space, Corney & Barrow is a great venue to refresh yourself during the summer. As well as an extensive drinks list, there’s outdoor seating and the chance to play a spot of croquet. So order the signature C&B Uplift cocktail if you’re looking for something fruity or perhaps The Chairman for a more classic flavour and sit back and make the most of the summer.
Perfect for: Enjoying the sunshine, when it appears
How to find it: In Exchange Square, as it says on the tin!
Jamies Fleet Place
With indoor and outdoor seating, Jamies is a fine establishment whatever the weather. One of its main benefits is its extensive wine list, which has something to suit all tastes and price ranges. So if wine is your drink of choice or that of the person you are trying to impress, then Jamies could be the right option for you.
Perfect for: Wine lovers
How to find it: Not far from St Paul’s Cathedral
5cc Singer Tavern
Located in the cellar of a former Singer sewing machine factory, this trendy bar is all about exposed brick and gin. There are lots of cocktails available, but the gin concoctions, many of which use unusual versions of the spirit, are the most inspired. Opt to drink your Salt & Pepper or The Sinatra cocktail out of a glass or go for a barrel, which is shared among the group.
Perfect for: Cocktail drinkers
How to find it: Hidden beneath the Singer Tavern on Old Street
The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
While it’s safe to say that The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town was once a hidden gem that only a few people knew about, that is no longer the case. Its concealed entrance is no longer a best-kept secret, but luckily this tiny basement bar has more to offer than that. Expect signature cocktails inspired by cultural icons as diverse as Prince and Mary Berry.
Perfect for: Being The City’s worst-kept secret
How to find it: Entrance is behind the fridge in The Breakfast Club on Artillery Lane
With panoramic views of London, Vertigo 42 is the place to go if you want to impress. This Champagne bar is reservation-only so it’s not the sort of venue you decide to visit on the spur of the moment. Choose to drink Champagne by the glass bottle or flight, a high-class cocktail, glass of wine or from a limited selection of spirits.
Perfect for: Incredible views
How to find it: At the top of Tower 42 on Old Broad Street