Out out April 2018
As we serve up our top EC2 bars, post-work tipples are always a goer, even on a school night!
Words: Liam Barker
It may not quite be pub garden weather, but thanks to a smattering of outdoor heaters and a plentiful supply of blankets, it’s definitely worth whizzing upward in London’s most famous lift for a few al fresco cocktails and an eyeful of unrivalled city views at Sushi Samba. Don’t forget to snap the classic Insta-shot of the prettiest tree in the capital and do try the exemplary sake; made to be sipped, it’s perfect to warm you up if it gets chilly out.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
On the capacious and industrial ground floor of the Montcalm London House Hotel, Burdock’s bar features four huge overhanging copper beer tanks, each filled with craft beer from London brewery, Long Arm Brewing Co. Have a go on the huge shuffleboard; we left none the wise as to the rules, but more sporting types may like to glance at their website, where you can find them in all their byzantine detail.
Montcalm Royal London House Hotel,
22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX
Anywhere that extends the customary happy hour (singular) to the power of four gets our vote. Spread over three floors, the Crystal Bar is the place for celebratory drinks. Upstairs in the moodily lit Crimson Club, DJs spin tunes till the early hours, while The Boudoir is best left to the imagination (suffice to say, it’s best to ready yourself with a giant Pornstar Martini).
45 Old Broad St, EC2N 1HU
The summer of football is almost upon us and Germany, as ever, teeters at the top of the favourites to win. To get in das Deutsch spirit with an authentic Bavarian beer house experience (Oktoberfest – minus the hefty price tag), head to Bierschenke, which is as traditional as it gets outside of Munich. The golden stuff comes from a family-owned craft brewery in Bavaria, and is served in steins by staff dressed in Lederhosen and Dirndl – naturally. The place for drinking your own body weight in beer and then soaking it up with an outsize currywurst. Don’t miss the party for Eurovision on May 12th.
London Wall Buildings, 4 Blomfield St,