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15 luxury cocktail bars in London

Elegant or hipster, discreet or pulsing, a mysterious basement or twinkling high over the city; London's luxury cocktail bars share one feature - sophistication.

Whether you prefer a classic cocktail bar with a seventy-year pedigree, or one of the more recent players that have emerged to cater for the growing taste for adventurous drinking, you'll find something to you taste in one of the best cocktail bars in London.

1. The American Bar at The Savoy

Let the expert bartenders create the perfect cocktail for you at The American Bar. Image courtesy of Fairmont Hotels Group.

Come and discover why the American Bar in the Savoy Hotel is consistently chosen as the world's best cocktail bar. This is the longest surviving cocktail bar in London and it still hits all the right notes with a live pianist every evening playing the Great American Songbook.

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2. The Bloomsbury Club

Grab a cocktail in sumptuous surroundings at The Bloomsbury Club. Image courtesy of The Doyle Collection.

Wander in on a warm evening and find a spot in the romantically-lit heated terrace and order a Bloomsbury set-inspired cocktail while contemplating the complex love lives of the period. Located in the Bloomsbury Hotel, the Bloomsbury Club bar is a cosy library where the books have been replaced by booze.

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3. The Punch Room

Get comfy in the luxurious Punch Room bar. Image courtesy of Edition Hotels

Soak in the Edwardian ambiance of the Punch Room, in the London Edition hotel in Berners Street. Inspired by 19th-century clubs, this wood-panelled lounge offers more than 30 punches against a soundtrack of vintage soul, blues, ragtime and doo-wop. Reservations are required.

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4. The Connaught Hotel

The Connaught

Sample all three bars in this most discreet of London's luxury hotels. Order a martini in the Connaught Bar and watch a master at work as it's made on a trolley before you. Slightly quieter, the Coburg Bar is an even more intimate space. However, the insider's hidden gem must be The Champagne Room.

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5. Dukes Bar

Indulge your inner James Bond with a martini made table-side at the impeccable Dukes Bar in the eponymous hotel. Small rooms and the old world setting exude luxury, plus even the bar snacks are great.

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6. Purl London

Sink into a cosy armchair or get a group of friends together in one of the alcoves. Image courtesy of Purl London.

Get your Instagram filters ready, these are the most photogenic drinks in London! Served in an atmospheric setting that is perfect for couples or small groups of friends, book an alcove for six to 10 at Purl and enjoy amazing drinks in an intimate vaulted space.

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7. SkyLounge at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel

Savage Garden

Take in 360-degree views from SkyLounge London on the roof of the Hilton at Tower Bridge. A great drink selection will keep you entertained while you spy London's landmarks. Open all year, but at its best on warm evenings.

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8. Radio

Step into the express lift leading to Radio on the 10th floor of the ME Hotel and savour the fabulous Thames' views while sipping a cocktail with friends. This is a great destination at any time, but Radio comes into its own in summer when the expansive terrace is the place to be seen. Groups have to be gender-mixed and there is a minimum spend of £75 per person after 9pm Thursday to Saturday.

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9. The May Fair Bar

Explore drinks with unusual ingredients - Bergamot, fig or pomegranate liqueur; jasmine syrup, pisco and many more in this international-style cocktail bar in the heart of Mayfair. Background music gives way to a DJ and occasional live music to create a buzzy ambiance.

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10. Green Bar at Hotel Café Royal

This Regent Street cocktail bar was formerly a venue for cabaret and boxing, among other things. Now hosted by a five-star hotel, the Green Room cocktail bar offers an extensive range of gin or absinthe based cocktails and the wonderfully named 'Polite Awakening' breakfast martini.

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11. Galvin at Windows

Take in the stunning views to the north east or south west from this 28th floor hideaway atop the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. While enjoying the drama of one of the best bars in London, join bar manager Tiago on a round-the-world-tour of cocktails, from New Zealand, Spain via the Philippines, Mexico or other ports of call.

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12. Beaufort Bar

The Beaufort Bar is worth visiting just for the fabulously-illustrated drinks menu capturing the essence of legendary cocktails. Try out the unique 'Age of Discovery' cocktail that was carried 40,000 miles around the world by the Queen Mary II.

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13. Good Godfrey's

Complete your night at the theatre with a martini, sour or fizz at Good Godfrey's Bar and Lounge in the The Waldorf Hilton on Aldwych. The bar takes its name from the hotel's original house band - Howard Godfrey and The Waldorfians and it still features 1920's sounds to set off the oak panelling.

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14. Artesian

Give your taste buds a treat at award-wining Artesian at the Langham Hotel, where the staff offer their takes on classic cocktails and a few of their own inventions. Proximity to the BBC means that you're also quite likely to spot a famous face relaxing after a long day of filming.

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15. The Nightjar

This Prohibition-inspired Shoreditch speakeasy really does capture the 1930's vibe, with live swing, jazz and blues every night. Dress up and get into the mood as you shuffle the cards to select your cocktail of choice from a historical selection.

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