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Raising the Bar

As with most things in the capital, London is always pushing the boundaries in the contemporary bar scene, with plenty of unique and remarkable establishments on offer. Whether it's historic elegance, effortless cool, or cutting-edge contemporary, there's a bar for every taste. Here are the top ten most glamorous and distinctive bars and restaurants in London right now.

The Skyline Club Lounge at The Corniche

Up on the 19th floor of the landmark Thames-side development The Corniche by St James, the Skyline Club Lounge offers residents stunning views to enjoy with their cocktails. Floor to ceiling windows reveal vistas across Westminster and the river, with the London Eye and The Shard all in view.

"The Skyline Club Lounge, on the 19th floor of The Corniche, is just one of many exceptional facilities on offer for our residents, alongside a full health and wellness facility, cinema, entertainment suite and 24-hour concierge.

"Comprising a private residents' bar and terrace, The Skyline Club Lounge provides a space in which to relax and socialise, against the backdrop of the city. The Corniche has been designed to provide the perfect view: maximising its unique position on this curve of the Thames, which enjoys both a west facing aspect and direct views onto the Houses of Parliament, across the water.

"When completed, residents at The Corniche will also be able to make use of the entertainment offering at The Dumont which includes a games room, ten-pin bowling and private cinema,"  Dean Summers, Managing Director, St James London South.


Named after an upmarket neighbourhood of Lagos, this smart new restaurant combines Nigerian, Ghanaian and Senegalese flavours in a homage to the traditional Jollof cuisine. Dishes include ingredients like banana leaf and asun relish, and cocktails are created with a tantalising array of African spices.

Jeremy Chan, co-founder and head chef.

"Come in to try the Wild Nigerian Tiger Prawn and Banga Bisque - we use high grade giant Tiger Prawns flown in from Nigeria in this interpretation of 'Banga Soup', using a shellfish bisque made using the roasted shells of the prawns, confit and roasted tomatoes, chillies and an umami rich dashing broth to carry the Banga spices,"
Jeremy Chan, co-founder and head chef.

The Vault at The Ned

Deep within the grandeur of The Ned hotel is the former strongroom of the Midland Bank, now transformed into a unique members-only lounge. Entry is via a 20-tonnne steel door, beyond which you'll find more than 3,000 of the original safety deposit boxes lining the walls. As you sip your drink, you might also recognise the room from the Bond film Goldfinger.

The Vault.

"The Vault is our late-night lounge bar, here members can eat, drink and party. With no windows and no clocks, it's a rare spot. Inside the main bar area of The Vault, we have The Vault 100, a collection of artworks that reverses the FTSE 100 ratio of 93 male CEOs to seven females by presenting 93 works by female artists and seven by men," The Vault.


This metallic, unnamed bar, a tribute to Andy Warhol's famous Silver Factory, is the brainchild of Tony Conigliaro, a mixologist with several hot London bars to his name. The drinks come in unique 3D-printed vessels with lavish finishes like marigold petals, served alongside a range of beguiling and inventive desserts.

Zoe Burgess, co-founder of Untitled and head of research & development at Drink Factory.

"We wanted to create a space for people to come and relax and enjoy themselves with a focus on serving unique cocktails and exciting food. Our idea was to make the whole experience very approachable and encourage a communal engagement from guests.

"Guests can choose to sit around our large concrete table and enjoy the happenings of the night or on the more secluded mezzanine tables which provide a more intimate dining and drinking experience,"
Zoe Burgess, co-founder of Untitled and head of research & development at Drink Factory.


Super exclusive chef Neil Wager (usually found cooking up a storm on various private islands) has opened a restaurant in London's only marina. Everyday dishes like burgers, pork belly, and even porridge have been whipped up into delicate and ingenious delights, all served with visual ingenuity and unexpected fusions.

Dokke owners Neil Wager and Emma Flood.

"Dokke is a self-contained dining space, offering a selection of sharing plates from our daily-changing menu, all of which are cooked to order from an open island kitchen and designed to share. We specialise in progressive Asian/fusion cuisine with new world flourishes of flavour and focus on British, seasonal ingredients. We use the best ingredients we can find from the best suppliers known to us we are dedicated to sourcing this way,"
Dokke owners Neil Wager and Emma Flood.

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