Cheers: The Haute 5 Local Bars in London

London, like the rest of the UK, is known for its drinking and as capital of a country that loves to booze, you’d expect some great places to unwind. Ignoring the pubs and places to sup on local lagers, London has a sophisticated collection of bars that locals love to unwind in. Each with impressive drinks menus, even the proudest of cocktail-loving New Yorkers would which they were locals at the following bars too.

Claridges Bar

The pristine bar at Claridges never fails to disappoint in service and effortless elegance. The cocktails are served in crystal, the spirit selection is impeccable and the bar menu specializes in sushi and sashimi alongside other menu selections.

49 Brook Street, Mayfar, London, W1K 4HR

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club

Being labeled one of the oldest jazz clubs in the world has certainly given Scott’s a reputation but following a major refurbishment in 2006, the venue is far from dated. Probably the most famous jazz club in London, it features the best current international jazz acts every night of the week.

47 Firth Street, London, W1D 4HT

The Rockwell Bar at the Trafalgar Hotel

Serving every kind of Bourbon possible, the minimalist and understated Rockwell bar allows for an unparalleled view of Nelson’s Column and indeed, London. A chic and low-key venue in an unrivalled setting.

2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1A 2TS

Dukes Hotel Bar

The Martinis here are said to have inspired Ian Flemings coinage of the phrase ‘shaken not stirred. This being the case, the extensive and innovative list will not fail to disappoint. Intimate, comfortable and a true retreat from London’s fast pace. If Martinis are not your tipple of choice, there is a notable selection of vintage cognacs and malt whiskies to sample.

St. James’s Place, London, SW1A 1NY

Boisdale of Belgravia

An elegant Regency townhouse that boasts two bars and a reputable restaurant; this is jazz entertainment with Highland hospitality. Named after the award-winning Scottish clan and boasting an award-winning selection of whiskies, Boisdale hosts accredited set of live jazz music Monday to Saturday from 10pm onwards

15 Eccleston Street, London SW1W 9LX