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BANGIN' BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND - 29 April - 2nd May

1. Boozy bowling - All Star Lanes 

Head here for a Boozy Bowling Weekender, where you get extra perks for being sh*t hot, like free team shots for king-pin bowlers. But you probably won't be aiming too straight with the late night Happy Hour (9pm - 11pm), which is happening every night the extra-long weekend. Want bars for killer drinks afterwards? We'll point you in the right direction. 

Le Bun cocktail 2. Cure your hangover with cheeseburger Bloody Marys (on the house, yo!) - Le Bun Le Bun is bringing its French American burger mashup to Leicester House hotel in China Town and booking in through BarChick Concierge means you'll get this epic Bloody Mary on the house. Nice. Just message us for free and we'll sort it.  Inspired by New Orleans' Po Boy sandwiches and Lyonnaise style Pulled Pig buns, it's heavy stuff so come with a big empty belly. Leicester House, 1 Leicester Street, WC2H 7BL 3. Slumber Soiree - Barts Fancy partying with sleazy MIC wannabes in their silks? Time to get those PJs on show at Barts this weekend with a slumber soiree. If you can locate the secret Chelsea bar, (it's a tricky one, we'll help you out and even book your table) then you'll be tucking into dreamy-themed boozy tipples with ingredients set to relax your stressed bod, like camomile and almond milk. Plus we're promised some midnight snacking, and pillow fights. Pow. Pow. Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Ave, London SW3 3DW 4. Masquerave - Troxy But if sleeping ain't your thing and you wanna really go for it, head to this masked dance party, hosted by absolute Hollywood legend Samuel L. Jackson. There's all DJ sets from the likes of Jamie XX, Faithless, Tom Findlay of Groove Armada. All in aid of supporting and raising awareness of male cancer. Saturday, 30th April Book your tickets to the Masquerave here Troxy,  490 Commercial Rd, E1 0HX bungabungabrunch 5. Bottomless pizza and Prosecco - Bunga Bunga  It's a gorge fest at Bunga Bunga's Bank Holiday Supper Club with unlimited pizza and Prosecco for £35. Then in the typical Bunga Bunga Italian wildness, there's gunna be karaoke,  DJ and a house load of drunk West Londoners - aaaay! Get your table sorted or just send us a free text 07403-921-973. 1st May, get sloshed from 6pm – 8pm 37 Battersea Bridge Rd, London SW11 3BA 6. Boozy brunches - Various locations We know all the best bottomless brunches in London, and yes - we've tried them all (though job). Why not get stuck in early doors - you got a whole extra day to recover! Rock up for a hearty brunch and tons of booze. A few faves include Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, where you can customise your Bloody Marys, and drink all you can for £17. And the ultimate brunch spot, Mews of Mayfair on a Sunday where for £25 you can get brunch and lunch in one shebang - eggs for starter, beef and all the trimmings for main and  then dessert, alongside bottomless cocktails for £15 extra. Forge & Co get bubble and squeak, washed down with endless Prosecco! Find more bottomless brunch ideas here or just message us and we'll instantly recommend and get you booked in to one. Pow. 7. Late night drinking - Various awesome locations It's 1am and the last place you wanna go is home. Totally hardcore, been drinking all day and still going strong? Good 'cos  there are tons of places to carry on the rowdiness. The Experimental Cocktail Club, El Camion, Bar Italia, Keystone Crescent and La Cabina are just some of the epic places to keep you topped up 'til the sun pretty much comes out. Out late and wanna be pointed towards the nearest watering hole? Text us on 07403-921-973 for instant replies, the fun doesn't have to stop yo!

ALSO ON THIS MAY

8. Street Food Market season kicks off - Street Feast The street food market is now open for business until October baby! Loads of stalls from the likes of B.O.B's Lobster and Yum Bun, then there's pop-up bars like Tequila Treehouse (olé! olé!) and The Gin Store with DJs banging out the tunes. Just don't rain or snow, yeah? Fridays and Saturdays 'til October: 5pm to midnight Hartwell St, London E8 3DU 9. Dance under a giant disco ball at Model Market Thought the only thing Lewisham had to offer was good transport links? Nah baby, Model Market is BACK for the summer and that means drinking Pina Coladas outta giant pineapples, snacking on killer bao buns and dancing around fire pits and under a giant disco ball 'til 1am. If you're looking for a fun night out with your mates this is IT.

Fridays and Saturdays: 5pm to 1am

196 Lewisham High Street (Entrance on Molesworth Street) 10. London Wine Week A whole seven days dedicated to vino - oh yeah. There'll be wine-related activities goin' on across the city like wine tours, masterclasses and meal pairings - you can take part in all of it if you get hold of a lil' festival wristband for £10 (snap one up here). And - this is mega - the wristband also gets you £5 wine Check here to find out what bars are hosting. Wine-not get involved?! On 'til: 23-29th May
11. Buy tickets for the highest slide in the world - ArcelorMittal Orbit That weird sculpture thing they didn't quite know what to do with in the Olympic Park? Now they've turned it into a mega slide. Yes seriously. At 178m high, it's a 40 second journey down - FYI that's a long long time. It opens in July but the tickets have JUST GONE ON SALE BABY. So snap yours up asap. Buy your tickets to the Arcelor Mittal Orbit Slide here  birdies crazy gold london barchick 12. Golf on a rooftop - Birdies Crazy Golf May is another word for 'hello rooftop season', and we can't wait to get golfing with altitude at Birdies. There's a nine-hole course with loops, half-pipes, hidden putt-off prizes and an elevated 5ft drop onto the sixth hole. Woah, we're feeling dizzy. Team all that up with lots of cocktails and you're on for good times - just easy where you're swinging that thing. Wanna go? We'll book you in, just text BarChick concierge for free on 07481 341284. Open every day except Monday – From 3rd May to 28th August. Golf Tickets: £9. Opening times vary - so checkout the Birdies website for full details. Roof East: Level 8, Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, Stratford, E15 1XE 13. Rooftop movies - Rooftop Film Club Date nights just got wicked again with the summer launch of Rooftop Film Club. What better way to woo your hottie than sipping cocktails on top of Peckham's Bussey Building watching movies, sipping cocktails, and snacking street food style. Find out the various times and days on the Rooftop Film Club website. Peckham – Bussey Building: 133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST Shoreditch – Queen of Hoxton: 1 – 5 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JX Kensington – Roof Gardens: 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA Stratford – Roof East: Level 8, Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, Stratford, E15 1XE queen.of.hoxton (1) 14. General rooftop boozing - Various London rooftops Loads of our fave rooftop bars open up over May - we're too excited. Queen of Hoxton is going all flower power with ‘a psychadelic Summer of Love theme’. Then there's the really f*cking cool one, Frank's in Peckham, where you party on top of a carpark with epic views of the city. Oxford Street way there's Notch (was Roofnic last year). Rumpus Room on the South Bank is also now open - it's where all the sexy people hang, with a terrace and a kick-ass view of the river. And that's just for starters - there's loads more London rooftops just waiting to host you and your crew. 15. Haggerston's new member's bar - MAP Maison It's just opened, so go now before all the cool kids rush in. It's the first bit of Mayfair style swish to enter Haggerston way - set up by the awesome Joseph Arowolo from Sketch. Upstairs anyone can come along and take a pew at the bar, but if you've got hold of the 'Maison Private Guest Card' you can also sneak into the speakeasy bar downstairs. Plus, if you can't glug it all down in one go, there's personalised liquor lockers too. 321 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4DL 16. The blind bar  - Dans Le Noir If your Tinder date hasn't met up to expectations and you can't literally stare them in the face any longer, then head to the Otra Vista Social Club at Dans Le Noir where you can hang in the 'chill-out' area in the pitch dark. No need to close your eyes and pretend they're fit. There's also a silent disco baby, if you're into that. On every Friday, from 10pm until 1am 30-31 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU Want more? Check out: London's best party bars London's best boozy lunches London's best roof terraces  " ["post_title"]=> string(39) "16 Epic Things To Do In London This May" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(38) "epic-things-to-do-in-london-this-month" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-04-29 16:24:35" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-04-29 15:24:35" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=58765" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [1]=> object(WP_Post)#405 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(468) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-04-25 11:00:55" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-04-25 10:00:55" ["post_content"]=> string(24332) "

Rooftop raving is the dizziest way to soak up the heady heights of London’s skyline. Come rain or shine there ain’t nobody who doesn’t love a penthouse style p*ss up.  If you want the BEST and personalised recommendations, as well as us sorting you out and getting you booked in, message our new free concierge service.

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EAST Queen of Hoxton  The one with all the pop ups The Queen of Hoxton rooftop transforms itself twice a year with a new awesome theme each time. This summer it’s going all flower power with ‘a psychadelic Summer of Love theme’. Yeah baby! BarChick looks forward to soaking up some rays whilst scoffing retro boozy ice cream floats and psychedelic rainbow ice cream sandwiches. Booze slushies, BBQs and WIFI; we know where our meetings will be! Then we’ll let out our inner hippy at yoga workshops and tie dye workshops. Immense. Rooftop opens: 28th April 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX  QoH Sushisamba The one that's got it all A high glamour affair smack bang in the centre of the business district. You’d be silly to expect anything other than chinos, spray tans and Ralph - no judgement from us, any friend of the bartenders at Sushisamba are a friend of ours. Situated on the 39th floor an uplit tree marks the spot. Eat Sushi, schmooze and try not to puke in the lift on the way down. Rooftop open: Year-round Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY Sushisamba  Coq D’Argent Credit cards at the ready This is the perfect place to drag out a lunch meeting. Expect awesome views and be warned, it’s easy to do some damage to your credit card and your liver here. Get into the spirit of it and drink The Millionaire;  Plantation original dark rum, apricot brandy, Lillet Rouge, lime juice and touch of grenadine. If you go midweek you’ll be mingling with cigar drinking business people on Dom P - but everyone’s in a good mood on a roof terrace, so just enjoy. Rooftop open: Year-round 16 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS  coq Shoreditch House Rooftop pool baby Pack your trunks and kiss a member to get in. This is converted East London warehouse is the ultimate daytime party place, but if you’re not a member you’ll need to play it cool (if in doubt, wear your sunglasses and keep them on). We drink the Dillionaire, because we like saying it, and like to eat at the outdoor BBQ. See you by the heated pool. Rooftop open: Year-round Ebor Street, London, E1 6AY shoreditch.house_2 The Boundary Start drinking at breakfast  Now this place is really, really cool. Bag yourself a sofa beneath the fairy lights and take in the ridiculous 360 degree views of London. Eat if you wanna, or just get hammered on Martini’s. The only, and we mean only, thing wrong with this place is that it shuts early (11pm) but the roof terrace is open all year round so it only serves as an excuse to start drinking at breakfast - that’s when you’ll find BarChick here. Spend the day getting your tan on and saunter off to another bar in Shoreditch come nightfall. Rooftop open: Year-round Redchurch Street 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DD  Boundary rooftop - Long Table The Fox Craft beer pub on a roof An easy spot to pass by, The Fox has had a bit of a touch up and is worth a drop-in on your way up to the trendier lights of Dalston-Kingsland. Red checkered table cloths, fairy lights, picnic tables, decking and a well worked bunch of pot plants makes this place a bright and breezy hangout. They open at 4pm, perfect for an after work sunbathing sesh. Rooftop open: By May Bank Holiday 2016. 372 Kingsland Road, E8 4DA Dalston Roof Park The one that always has something going on BarChick went to a kick ass rave up here once...there’s always something going on at Dalston Roof Park, whether it’s a party, free film night or a pop-up restaurant. It's a £3 walk-in fee, but if you come back four times you can swap it for a 'Bootstrap Friendship Card' (gets you in free to un-ticketed events 'til the end of the year. Winning!) Rooftop open: 30th April 2016 at 3pm. Print House, 8 Ashwin St, E8 3DL dalston.roof.park Netil 360 This roof knows how to throw a party This rooftop is all about banging events and parties, so fill up your diary in advance and remember to buy a ticket first. It’s open from 10am, too, and in true East  London style the building also has ‘office and social space’, which translates to us as an opportunity to work our way through a pile of magazines, spritzer in hand. Now the venue’s got a permanent licence, so let’s celebrate. Rooftop opens: 1st April Netil House, London, E8 3RL  Netil-360 (1)   South Place Hotel – Angler Rooftop Terrace Chic City sun trap Hidden away in Moorgate’s South Place Hotel is the city’s secret sun trap. Order a No.69 cocktail - tequila, lime, agave and avocado straight up, then grab some terrace food bar snacks like the devilled whitebait and calamari. It’s attached to the Michelin star Angler restaurant but no worries, everyone’s welcome here. Rooftop opens: Year-round 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF  southplace-hotel-terrace   Golden Bee Smack bang in Shoreditch The bar itself ain't our really style but you can't argue with a rooftop in the middle of Shoreditch that has a fire pit. Rooftop open: Year-round

CENTRAL

le meridien piccadilly terrace and grill

Le Meridien, Piccadilly The one with all the gin It isn’t exactly blessed with space, but The Terrace Bar & Grill at Meridien Hotel is the perfect spot to grab something to eat before chilling with a cocktail. It’s smack-bang in the middle of Piccadilly, so the view at this place  is like a tourist’s wet dream. Don’t leave without venturing to the gin bar upstairs. Rooftop opens: Year-round 21 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BH Notch The one where you can escape Oxford Street Last year it was Roofnic, this year it's an 'industrial playground'. And that's not just a jazzy term for slick uber trendy decor. There's literally going to be reclaimed school science tables, scaffolding and rooftop swings overlooking the street below. Fudo Shack will provide Japanese street food all day from 10am to 10pm for lil' bites. Booze on cocktails and sharing bowls. Rooftop opens: 5th May 535 Oxford Street, London W1C 2QW

WEST

Aqua Killer cocktails and two terraces Ok, so the entrance to the Aqua building is shiny, but if Picklebacks taught us anything it’s that we should never judge a book by its cover. Keep your eye on the prize and catch the lift straight up to the fifth floor, where you’ll find the only roof terrace in the West End. Marios Schwab (fashion babes) has added some of his S/S15 inspiration to the one at kyoto... So if you’re looking for seats head through to doors and turn left past the black bull statue. Order a Pina Colada (can you taste the green tea?) and chill in the heaven above the hectic buzz of Regent Street. Rooftop opens: Year-round (weather permitting) 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, London, Entrance on 30 Argyll Street, London, W1B 3BR aqua The Roof Gardens The one with the flamingos This place is genuinely ah-may-zing. The dress code here is ‘no effort, no entry’, so fix up if you want a shot at getting in (it’s a private members club, but you know we’ve never let a silly thing like guestlists hold us back). It’s located 100 feet above Kensington High Street, where even the Cafe Nero plays classical music, and if you want to up the fancy factor even more book yourself a table at the restaurant Babylon. Rooftop open: Year-round 99 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA RoofGardensExternal018 Vista at the Trafalgar Date spot  This terrace is open all year round (British weather permitting) which makes it perfect for a date, because everyone knows two tipsy people plus a blanket equals a good time. Order a bunch of cocktails from the rooftop bar, watch tourists fail to climb on the lions (actually hilarious) and remember, this place is a suntrap so wear as little as possible on sunny days. Best of all? It’s rarely as busy as it should be. Rooftop opens: Year-round 2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1A 2TS vista.view.new Radio Glam vibes and a 180 degree view Make sure you wear something sparkly here - not only will you fit in with the glam crowd, but it’ll distract from the uncontrollable “OMFG!” reaction you’ll involuntarily experience when you see the 180 degree view. Be warned; there is a laser show most evenings (some light artist from Barcelona is in charge) but fingers crossed you’ll be too busy getting chatted up on the plush white sofas to care. Rooftop opens: Year-round 336-337 Strand, London, WC2R 0EZ  ME.London.Radio.View.v2.low Lyric The enchanted garden This place is covered in greenery, so it feels like you’re getting fresh air in an enchanted garden when infact you’re above a theatre in Hammersmith. Get lost between trees and find a hidden table in a romantically lit corner. It’s all very charming until you find the pizzeria, then there’s no going back. Rooftop opens: Year-round Kings Mall, Lyric Square (just off King Street), London W6 0QL   el.cantara.roof Broadway House Cocktails on a cigar terrace This place has two roof terraces, a rooftop bar, cocktail bar, outdoor cinema, BBQ, restaurant AND cigar terrace. Get obsessed with Toffee Champagne, work your way down the cigar menu and find a member to give you a guided tour of the place - seriously, if they let us live here we would. Rooftop opens: Year-round - a cosy cover is put on during the winter months. 474 – 476 Fulham Road, London, SW6 1BY  broadway_house_bar_roof_terrace_fulham_london_01.485x272

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Frank’s Cafe  The really f*cking cool one We’re yet to hear what’s in store for this unique multi-storey carpark bar, but judging by our experience last year it’s safe to say we’re pretty excited about heading back to Frank’s this summer. See ya’ll there. Rooftop opens: Sometime in May 2016 95A Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST Franks-Campari-Bar Rumpus Room Where the sexy people hang A rooftop bar with a terrace and a kick-ass view of the river? You had us at hello. OK the terrace is teeny but it’s ON The Thames so well worth squeezing on to.  This sky high joint at The Mondrian is giving us another reason to hit Southbank for a drink (Dandelyan had already stolen our hearts) - expect London’s sexiest crowd and drinking 1920s style. Rooftop opens: March 2016 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD  Rumpus.Rooms.View The Bussey Building - coming soon! The one with the cinema Didn't get in to Frank's? Don't sweat it, this place is just round the corner. You'll have to climb what feels like a thousand flights of stairs but it's worth it for the view. When you get in grab a table to your left - that's where the sights north of the river are at, and the skyline's beautiful. Sink some wine and try all the Pilgrim's Pizza while eyeing up the fit musicians they've got playing that night. Rooftop opens: Early May 2016 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, London, SE15 4ST   No32 The Old Town The daytime hangout  They love a long table on the terrace at this place, so take your time and make sure you squeeze in next to a hottie. It’s in Clapham, so your cocktails will probably arrive with a side of toddler screams, but the staff have put effort into their drinks menu which features house syrups, sherberts and craft beer. Try everything and the daycare vibe won’t bother you. Rooftop opens: 32 The Pavement, SW4 0JE The Prince of Wales The party on a roof The POW is a local Brixton classic - you’ll get great tunes (Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay DJ here at the weekends), good people and you won’t have to queue long for a drink because this place has all the bars - the terrace alone has three.  This one’s also special because it’s a two storey situ, so you can have fun running up and down the place like it’s a playground for p*ssheads. There are different rooms blasting the bass - get lost all night and dress casual, you won’t stop dancing from the minute you get there. Get your tickets early, people. Rooftop open: keep an eye out for their parties! 469 Brixton Rd, London,  SW9 8HH  POW Queen Elizabeth Roof Gardens The riverside one It’s easy to miss this gem of a terrace among the street performers and crowds of tourists that congregate along the Southbank, but once it’s on your radar you’re guna feel really smug. This place is mainly about grabbing a few bottles of wine at the outdoor bar and arranging chairs in a semicircle with your mates so you can enjoy that riverside view, but they’ve got Pimms if you’re feeling patriotic. Expect to see couples snogging behind fruit trees and big groups of people taking to the floor when the chairs run out in the evenings. Rooftop open: Year-round Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX Oxo Tower Brasserie The one you can take your Mum to The South Bank is having its moment. Hit the Oxo Tower early to bag a seat on the terrace - we’re talking all the epic food served in the restaurant, killer cocktails and views straight out at that river. Come at night - we all know London’s at its best when lit up. Rooftop open: Year-round OXO Tower Wharf, Bargehouse St, London, SE1 9PH  OXO Tower

NORTH

Vivo The secret Italian one Drink award winning Italian cocktails and eat super fresh pastries, lasagne and mega salads galore while sitting on a hidden roof terrace just off the high street in Angel. Expect a vibrant, italian atmosphere with super stylish people. Pep up on some fresh coffee if the sun gets a bit much. Rooftop open: Year-round 57/58 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0NY Alfie's Rooftop Kitchen The tapas terrace  This hidden roof terrace lurks above London’s largest indoor market. Get spendy downstairs before heading up the Art Deco building for a bottle of wine in the sun. Foodwise, expect everything at this contemporary cafe from a full English to a selection of tapas. A seriously cool daytime hangout. Alfies Antiques Market, 13-25 Church Street, London NW8 8DT Alfies.Rooftop.Kitchen.400x300 The Driver All day hanging out on top of a pub This huge 5-storey pub is a great place to take a bunch of mates, although the terrace itself is a little on the cosy side. Cocktails at the boutique bar will make you feel classy and if you’re getting peckish you can head downstairs to the basement’s gastro kitchen, or stay upstairs and get fed by the resident BBQ chef. You can smoke on the roof, too, so everyone’s guna be happy. Rooftop open: Year-round 2-4 Wharfdale Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9RY  the-driver_london_13802 The Red Lion Roof The pub garden on a roof If you thought this was just a pokey corner pub you were wrong. Take it all up to the third floor rooftop and hope to high heaven that the rest of Hoxton haven’t discovered the same staircase as you. It’s little on the small side but look, we’re in London, and if you can handle the tube during summer then this’ll be a breeze (literally, the air’s great up there). Rooftop open: Year-round 41 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6NH red lion roof The Big Chill House The one with beers, burgers and beats You don’t have to dress up for The Big Chill because, as far as terraces go, it’s kind of a dive, but hey who cares when all you’re after is some beers, a burger and chilled out times? Sit back on the brightly coloured garden furniture and enjoy the beats. There’s a cool crowd up here, and you could easily stay all afternoon. Rooftop open: Year-round weather permitting 257-259 Pentonville Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9NL big chill house" ["post_title"]=> string(27) "London's Best Roof Terraces" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(26) "londons-best-roof-terraces" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(119) "http://www.51-buckinghamgate.com/index.php/courtyard-at-51/ http://www.51-buckinghamgate.com/index.php/courtyard-at-51/" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-04-27 13:38:23" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-04-27 12:38:23" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(26) "http://barchick.com/?p=468" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "1" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [2]=> object(WP_Post)#406 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(7296) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-04-20 12:00:24" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-04-20 11:00:24" ["post_content"]=> string(33876) "With a city like London at your fingertips, picking a party location is never going to be easy. BarChick’s been to enough, and here are the best venues to get your party freak on... even better leave it to us! Message us on BarChick Concierge, tell us what you're feeling and we'll get it all sorted. And yes, it's free.  Think of us as your free boozing PA. 

0-50 PEOPLE

Upstairs at The Ten Bells

HIRE PRICE TAG: £ Old school boozer on the ground floor, cocktail bar upstairs but for us the clincher is the lounge on the top floor, and like all the best things in life, this one is kept for private affairs. The living room you wish you had, it’s all chesterfield couches, brick walls, open fireplaces and killer views of Spitalfields Church up here. It seats about 20 peeps (Birthday party, sorted), we can sort it out for you, no stress so message BarChick Concierge. They either crack open the booze and leave you to it or you can have a bartender up here to make sure there are no empty glasses. BarChick’s moving in.

The Lounge (A private room in the roof!)

People: 25. Cost: £600 min spend.
84 Commercial Street, London E1 6QG

68 and Boston

HIRE PRICE TAG: ££ A smart but affordable option. Right in Soho. Pow. It’s a big space but split into two floors, so pick your poison at the door! Downstairs is a wine bar selling an insane range of wines from all over the globe, all priced at £20 per bottle (there's also a pretty decent off-menu Champagne for £20 too, but only a few bottles are behind the bar each night). Upstairs is the cocktail den and on weekdays the drinks are dangerously affordable. There's all sorts of rooms and areas you can hire in this top notch bar. The Vaults (downstairs - 68. Spaces in the cellar, tucked away) People: 15-20. Cost: £350 + service minimum spend. 50% deposit needed to book. Private Snug (downstairs - 68. Secluded lil' area) People: 30 max. Cost: £500 sun-weds, £750 Thursday, £1,000 Friday-Saturday + service is the minimum spend. 50% deposit needed to book. Parisian Quarters (downstairs - 68. Semi-private area with seats) People: Seating/standing 25 max. Cost: £500 + service minimum spend. 50% deposit needed to book. The Writers Room (upstairs - Boston. Semi-private area with seats + fireplace) People: 35.  Cost: £500 Sunday-Wednesday, £600 Thursday, £750 Friday-Saturday + service for the minimum spends. 50% deposit needed to book. Whole venue People: 260. Cost: Approximately £2,000 minimum spend + service. 5 Greek St, London W1D 4DD

El Camion 

HIRE PRICE TAG: ££ Head down to the Baja Room beneath El Camion Monday - Wednesday and party like you’ve never partied before. Tequila is served in abundance and the vibe is seriously loco. You won’t have a private room, but the booths here are pretty big and you’ll easily squeeze your mates in. All they ask is that you all order food, done. Whole venue hire: People: 50. Cost: £2,000 minimum to hire 'til 10pm. 25-27 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 0RR elcamion.party
Oriole
HIRE PRICE TAG: ££
Brought to you by the guys who do NightJar (a.k.a best bar ever). Get down the stairs and find an upmarket tiki chic vibe with palm print walls, a touch of colonial and all sorts of weird and wonderful objects. As well as sexy slick leather booths, there are 2-man tables by the bar and a private curtained off space for private hire. Nab it and throw one hell of a party - there's live music (think jazz, funk, swing and blues) and a-mazing cocktails. People: 20 (seated). 30 (standing). Cost: Pre-order of two rounds of sharing cocktails and food (exclusive of music entry charge and 12.5% service charge, which is also added to the bill). East Poultry Avenue, London Central Markets, London, EC1A 9LH
Blues Kitchen Shoreditch 
HIRE PRICE TAG: £
BarChick's absolute fail-safe fun night out. Stuff your face with bad-ass BBQ food then load up on cocktails and listen to epic live bands on the sweaty dance floor (guaranteed snogs if that's your bag). For a big crew you can hire the downstairs room - which comes with animal heads on the wall and a dodgem. But if there's not too many of you we say nab the silver caravan at the back for your gang. Get BarChick Concierge to book you in on 07481 341284. Bundle in, plug in your phone and listen to some bangers while you work your way through the stocked fridge. Then stumble out into the carnage. Loving life. Caravan People: 15-25. Cost: £350-£700, depends on day. Private room People: 40-120. Cost: £750-£2,000, depends on day.

The Chelsea Prayer Room

HIRE PRICE TAG: ££
We all love a secret bar, and especially one that we've got all to ourselves 'til 1am baby. Wherever you do, don’t miss out on the Rhubarb Bellinis, they’re the goat’s bollocks. People: 45. Cost: £1000 min spend up to 10pm and £3000 until 1am, both excluding 12.5% service. The Goat, 333 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9QL

Old Mary’s

HIRE PRICE TAG: £ Romantically close to Hyde Park, this is the ultimate venue for those who prefer to stay this side of town. Full of character, there’s the option to hire The Scullery cocktail bar downstairs, then there's the upstairs area (if you've got a bigger crowd) or the entire venue if you're mega popular. Serving hot dogs, craft beers and cocktails in what used to be the servant’s quarters for the pub above, your party will look like a peasants' knees-up in no time. The Scullery People: 25-30 Cost: No room hire, no minimum spend Upstairs People: 70. No minimum spend. Whole Venue People: 100. Get the whole venue for minimum spend of: Mon & Tues: £800.00, Wed: £1000.00, Thurs: £1500.00, Fri & Sat: £2000.00, Sun: £1500.00. 24 Craven Terrace, Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3QH // +44 20 7262 5240

Grand Union Brixton

HIRE PRICE TAG: £ If you're all about an outside space, book yourself a hut for your tribe and make like you're partying in the rainforest. The garden can also be booked if you're planning a big bash, and there's a private room upstairs if outside ain't your thing. Huts People: 20. Cost: £70 hire fee. Garden People: 400. Cost: Min spend changes on the day/date Private room People: Up to 200 people. Cost: £3,000 min spend 123 Acre Lane, London SW2 5UA

Ridley Road Market Bar

HIRE PRICE TAG: £ This place is popular and for good reason. You won’t be able to book out a private room or area, but tell your crew to come a early and you can grab a table or two and be the first ones throwing wild moves on the dance floor. Bar area People: 0-20. Cost: Nothing for the venue, just buy lots of drinks. 49 Ridley Road, Dalston, London, E8 2NP

The Upstairs Bar at Callooh Callay

HIRE PRICE TAG: £££ Often referred to as 'The Pop-up Bar', this intimate venue changes every 6 weeks: make it your own for the night and let your guests go wild in this Alice in Wonderland style bar. The Back Lounge behind the wardrobe is also available for hire either separately or combined. Drinks can be arranged for reception and menus can be customized and drinks renamed to your taste. Canapes and bowl food are on hand for the peckish and all they ask for in return is a 30% deposit. The Upstairs Bar People: 25-30. Cost: £800 to £2,000 minimum spend depending on day of hire. The Back Lounge People: 50-60. Cost: £1,500 to 2,500 minimum spend depending on day of hire/only available for hire Sunday to Tuesday. Both People: 85. Cost: £3,000 to £5,000 minimum spend depending on day of hire. 65 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AY upstairsatcallooh.party

The Water Poet

HIRE PRICE TAG: ££ The Garden Dining Room A hog roast on Saturdays and a large walled garden for smokers, this is the perfect place if you work in the city. This place gets busy so if you’re short on friends, you can pretend you’ve got more. People: 40 for drinks. Cost: £200 minimum The Barn Your own bar and barmen in your own private barn just off the main terrace means swag. People: 50. Cost: £250 deposit and £500 minimum spend Cellar Bar People: 100  for drinks. Cost: £350 deposit and £700 minimum spend 9-11 Folgate Street, London, E1 6BX

The Oxo Tower

HIRE PRICE TAG: £££ Top Floor Bar Killer views of the Thames and the London skyline, plus an interior that gives the impression you’re on a boat. Canapés can be ordered in advance or you can just drink and enjoy the view. People: 8-25 (reserve section of bar). Cost (depends on day of week): £35 – £90 minimum spend per person. Or hire out the bar for a cocktail party for max 75 people. Cost: minimum spend: Lunch time: £800 - £4,000. Dinner time £4,000 – £15,000. Barge House Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH oxotower.party (1)

The Mahogany Bar, Wiltons

HIRE PRICE TAG: ££ Whilst you can’t rent out the Mahogany Bar itself,  you can hire Champagne Charlie on first floor. People: 20. Cost: No minimum spend but a hire cost you won't get back. £30 per hour or £150 per day between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday: £175 per night (6pm - 11pm). 1 Graces Alley, London, E1 8JB

Paradise

HIRE PRICE TAG: ££ Reading Room This room has glass doors dividing you from the bar and the rest of the world. It’s private enough to not let any gatecrashers in and clear enough for everyone to see how much fun you’re having. Drinks & canapes: People: 35-40. Cost: £500 minimum spend (Fri & Sat, with £100 deposit). Dinner: People: 16. Cost: £500 minimum spend (Fri & Sat, with £100 deposit). Private Dining Room Drinks & Canapes: People: 50. Up to 25 for dinner, minimum spend: £1,200, £100 deposit. The Conservatory Drinks & canapes: People: 50. Dinner: 18 people (no dinner on Saturdays). Exclusive 'til 11pm. £1,000 min spend, £100 deposit. Club Room This room opens to the public (share the love) from 6pm onwards Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday night, or 8pm the rest of the week. However, if you want to have your own private warm-up beforehand, it’s all yours. Dinner or lunch: People: 45. Drinks & Canapes: People: 150. Minimum spend £500-£1000 (depending on the night of the week). 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London W10 4AE paradise

The Shop NW10

HIRE PRICE TAG: £ Everyone loves a good party at The Shop and luckily these guys love throwing them. There’s the option to rent the back half or really spread your wings and occupy the whole bar. They always play great music and everything in it’s for sale so you’ll undoubtedly be leaving with more presents than you thought. People: They say 25 max (although we have definitely partied there with more) Cost: minimum bar spend depending on the day and how many people. 75 Chamberlayne Rd, London, NW10 3ND
Crown & Anchor
HIRE PRICE TAG: £
If you're throwing a bash in Chiswick darling then the upstairs room has it's own bar and overlooks Chiswick green.
People: 40. Cost: Deposit of £250 which is deducted from the final bill.
374 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London W4 5TA

50-100 PEOPLE

Opium

HIRE PRICE TAG: £££ The Second Floor, Third Floor or whole venue Take over a floor or the whole venue for a party for a really special night out and enjoy the unique space, different rooms and chic design that Opium has to offer. A Chinatown hideaway that will delight and surprise even the most hard-to-please crowd! The Second Floor (includes the awesome secret Peony room) People: 80-90. Cost: £5000-6000 minimum spend + service. Third Floor People: 40-70. Cost: £3500-£5000 minimum spend + service Whole venue People: 150 Cost: £5000-£12,000 minimum spend + service. The Jade Door, 15-16 Gerrard Street, China Town, W1D 6JE // +44 207 734 7276 opium.party

Love Die Late

HIRE PRICE TAG: £ Hire out this rad little coffee-turns-cocktail bar, where by day they do awesome coffee art and by night, wicked twists on classic cocktails (lovin' the Epicolada). You can have the whole place, or just the downstairs. Whole venue People: 100. Cost: £3,000 minimum spend. Downstairs People: 60. Cost: £150 hire cost. No minimum spend. 114 Great Portland St, London W1W 6PH

Trailer Happiness 

HIRE PRICE TAG: £ Fancy a bit of tiki-tastic-ness? Your guest will love this place. Drinks by the best in the business and the kind of food you can eat on your feet. Get cheaper rates on weekdays. Hire off a section People: 35. Cost: Free, no minimum spend (winning). Hire the whole place People: 100 Cost: £2500 - £8,000 minimum spend (depends on the day). 177 Portobello Rd, London W11 2DY

The Emin Room at 34 

HIRE PRICE TAG: £££ Located above one of Mayfair’s favourite restaurants, The Emin Room is full of art by Tracey Emin and is the perfect place for those looking for an up-market, cultural sort of soirée. Go for canapés or a sit down meal here. People: (Seated) 60. (Standing) 80. Cost: £1500 - £65000 minimum spend, (depending on day and season). 34 Grosvenor Square (entrance on South Audley Street), London, W1K 2HD theeminroom.party

The Book Club

HIRE PRICE TAG: £ Basement Downstairs space has a bar serving cocktails, a dance floor for the movers and shakers and sofas for the weary. The music is always good here and the atmosphere fun. Head upstairs for ping-pong and food, although with friends and cocktails you’ve got everything you need downstairs. People: 60 maximum. Cost: £100 room hire fee (Available some Thursdays, and each Fridays/Saturdays). For Christmas bookings maximum capacity 250 with a minimum spend starting from £100 and £500 min spend. 100-106 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4XS

Joe's Southern Kitchen

HIRE PRICE TAG: ££ Basement area Perfect for those with a penchant for chicken, ribs, slaw and mash. But if you’re looking for something private for 65 of your nearest and dearest, then reserve the epic basement bar that's a revamped prison cell (no jokes). Open til midnight unless you’re happy to shell out £250 for an extra hour. Minimum spend ranges from £500 – £5,000 depending on the night. If your crew is pushing 30 then you can reserve an area free of charge, but be prepared to share with the others who wander in. People: 65 Cost: Minimum spend ranges from £500 – £5,000. 34 King St Covent Garden, London WC2E 8JD joessouthernkitchen.party

Red Lion Pub

HIRE PRICE TAG: £ 1st Floor/ 2nd Floor This place is not as ‘East London rad’ as its location might suggest. Rent either the 1st or 2nd floor, both have access to the wicked roof top, so you can get your Vitamin D fix. 1st floor has a DJ booth (pop in your phone and play your own tunes - yeah!) and bottled beer at the bar; anything more complicated and you’ll have to head down to the ground floor. The 2nd floor has its very own sound system and is one step closer to the roof terrace! 1st Floor People: 65. Cost: £300 min spend. £100 deposit. 2nd Floor People: 80. Cost: £300 min spend. £100 deposit. Whole venue People: 145. Cost: £300 min spend. £100 deposit. Hoxton Hall, 41 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6SH

All Star Lanes

HIRE PRICE TAG: £ Private room Everyone loves a ten-pin sesh and all three locations have a private room for your very own party. Each venue has two bowling lanes, a plasma screen (for Wii), plus a private mixologist for the party (hello!) and your own bar staff. They can arrange a bowling tournament and the winners will get prizes – brilliant for the competitive among us. Plus, if you’re into fancy dress, it’s a great place for a 50′s theme. People: Depending on which venue 30-130. Cost: Price package vary - get in touch! Bayswater / Holborn/ Brick Lane / Stratford allstarlanes.party

Seven at Brixton

HIRE PRICE TAG: £ There's two upstairs rooms you can bag - one for 20, and one for 50, or combine for an extra jolly one! They serve killer cocktails for a fiver each and delicious tapas baby for the hungry. With charming staff, it’s one of BarChick’s favourite hangouts in Brixton Market and exactly where we’d wanna party. People: 70. Cost: No minimum spend but a pre-order needed, from £50 to however much you wanna splurge. Unit 7, Market Row, London, SW9 8LB

100-200 PEOPLE

Tamesis Dock Boat

You’re on a boat! No, seriously. Hire this Dutch barge moored permanently between Lambeth and Vauxhall Bridge for a swimmingly swell time aboard this floating pub. If you want a weekend slot for your birthday party you’ll need be turning 25 or more. People: 200. Cost: £0-£195  (depends on the day of week) + 80 people minimum on Friday and Saturday evenings. Tamesis, Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP tamesisdock (1)

 Three Six Six

This bar is pure escapism. From the wacky decor (butterfly wallpaper and gas masks) to the quirky cocktail menu - we're talking black ash-coated Martini glasses, dolls in your drink (bit too weird?), and lots of smoke. You can book out a table, or go the whole shebang and nab the whole place. People: 180. Cost: For Earlsfield: Sunday-Thursday £2200 minimum spend. For Battersea: Sunday-Thursday £2600 minimum spend. Three Six Six Earlsfield: 366 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4ES Three Six Six Battersea: 126 St John's Hill, SW11 1SL 

Mestizo Downstairs

HIRE PRICE TAG: £££ ‘Downstairs’ at Mestizo is available to those looking for an intimate atmosphere and their own bar. To be honest these guys had us at ‘authentic Taco Stand’ but they also have a full a la carte menu. Available every night and afternoon of the week (except Thursday night) prices change depending on time and days, give them a call! People: 120. Cost: £800-£1,700 minimum spend + extra if you want a DJ. 103 Hampstead Road, London NW1 3EL mestizodownstairs.party

Callooh Callay

HIRE PRICE TAG: £££ Hire the entirety of this award-winning establishment complete with bartenders, shenanigans and an excellent vibe. Drinks can be arranged for reception and menus can be customized and drinks renamed to your taste. Canapes and bowl food are on hand for the peckish and those sensible enough to line their stomaches. People: 150. Cost: £3,500 to £9,000 minimum spend depending on day of hire. 65 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AY

Shaker & Company

HIRE PRICE TAG: ££ Throw your party at this Rock 'n Roll bar and you’ll know you’re in safe hands; these boys are the best in the business. Although they have smaller rooms available to hire we recommend going the whole hog and booking the venue in its entirety. Feel free to bring your own music and decorations. People: 150 Cost: £1500 - £3000 depending on the day of the week. 119 Hampstead Rd, London, NW1 3EE shaker.comp.party

Aviary

HIRE PRICE TAG: ££ The theatrical décor is only an introduction to the weird and wonderful fantasy world that goes on downstairs. Burlesque and fire eaters are available to book and not much would look out of place in this imaginative bar. A late license til 4am means you can run wild. The owner also owns a fancy dress shop, so get in touch for your outfits. People: 100 Cost: varies // email info@theaviarybar.com for further queries. 16 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 8BW

606

HIRE PRICE TAG: £££ This place has it all: dining, dancing and drinking! With over 800 musicians on their books, take your pick for live music for the night. The club is classic and cosy – there is a stage for the performers and tables and chairs can be cleared if you wanna get dancing. People: 120-140. Cost: Thurs-Sun £3,000 min spend including food and drink). Fri-Sat evening hire is £7,000. 90 Lots Road, London, SW10 0QD 606

Dabbous

HIRE PRICE TAG: £££ Basement bar Rent out the rock ‘n’ roll style basement bar for banging cocktails while the Michelin star chef upstairs see’s to the canapés. People: 100. Cost: Minimum spend of £3,000 Monday - Wednesday and minimum spend of £5,000 on Thursday - Saturday. 39 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 2SF

The Lucky Pig

HIRE PRICE TAG: £££ Whole venue Hire this opium den of a venue for banging cocktails and a late license. Be decadent and debauched until 3am. People: 100. Cost: £200-£500 minimum spend for daytime hire. Mondays: £3,000 minimum spend, Wednesdays: £5,000 and Thursdays: £6,000 (and then add on £1,000 hire fee). £10,00 minimum spend on Friday and Saturday nights. 5 Clipstone Street, London, W1W 6BB theluckypig.party

Grand Union Chancery Lane

If you need a good ole space and don't want to mega-splurge you can get a fairly good minimum spend which you can easily smash if you have enough friends. You can hire the upstairs for a more chilled affair but downstairs is what you want for a proper par-tay, plus they'll keep it open 'til 2am - and if they really like you they might even extend their happy hours. Hello carnage. Upstairs bar and terrace People: 100. Downstairs bar Up to 150 people (but we swear you can sneak in more ). Minimum spend for both rooms changes according to the day/date. Rolls Passage, London EC4A 1HL

200+ PEOPLE

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The Roof Gardens

HIRE PRICE TAG: ££££ This place is beautiful: parties, weddings, barmtitzvah’s you name it, they’ll throw it. It’s won’t be cheap but what did you expect for a place this swank? People: 500 (standing ) 200 seated dinner. Daytime bash: 9am-5pm. Night time do: 6pm-1.30am (not available to hire Friday and Saturday nights). Sundays 12pm-12.20pm only. Cost: Daytime £3500 minimum spend, £3750 on food. Evening £5900 minimum spend, food and drink £17-30,000. Sundays: £5900 minimum spend, £11,000 on food. 99 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA roofgardensout.party

Lumiere

HIRE PRICE TAG: £ A BarChick bar through and through this word-of-mouth, ghetto fabulous juice and cocktails bar is perfect if you’re looking for somewhere a little bit more rad to impress your guests. They don’t have set rates, they’d rather chat-it-out face to face to make sure you’re down with the vibe. Basically it’ll either be a nice big bar spend or a room hire fee, depending on how fun your guests are. People: 213. Cost: Open to offers and good chat. 88 Chatsworth Road, Hackney, London, E5 0LS

One Mayfair

HIRE PRICE TAG: ££££ A converted church is the sort of venue that lends itself to pretty much any occasion. ‘Dry hire’ and choose your own suppliers or go all out and leave the One Events team to handle everything. Guest-gasp guarantee. People: 600. Cost: £12,000. 13A North Audley Street, London, W1 onemayfair.party Need more party inspo? Check out: Best party bars in London Best bars for a Sunday session Best bottomless boozy brunches" ["post_title"]=> string(37) "Best Place to Throw a Party in London" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(37) "best-place-to-throw-a-party-in-london" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-04-22 10:02:18" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-04-22 09:02:18" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(27) "http://barchick.com/?p=7296" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [3]=> object(WP_Post)#407 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(58737) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-04-18 11:42:37" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-04-18 10:42:37" ["post_content"]=> string(10850) "From in-house homemade tonics to mind blowing 400-strong bottle cabinets, these killer bars are must visits for gin lovers. Hot date? Night out with your badass gin mates? Message BarChick Concierge and we'll get you booked in. Nice. Free message us 07403922903 or sign up online.

1. The Ginstitute at the Portobello Star

Every gin megafan should book themselves into the ‘Ginstitute’, which is based at The Portobello Star. Kick off your sesh with a history lesson from a gin guru, and find out how it’s all made, then you’ll be tasting and exploring gin botanicals. Now time to let BarChick run riot making our very own gin - which you can take home (win) - plus they keep a record of your creation so you can order it again when that one runs out. Drink, sleep, order, repeat. Find out when the sessions are happening on the Ginstitute website  Portobello Star, 171 Portobello Rd, London W11 2DY

2. The Gin Bar at Holborn Dining Room

If you need EVEN MORE choice - head to London's newest gin joint. 400 bottles of gin + 27 different tonics = 14,035 different G&T combos. Mind. Blown. This killer bar has just opened at Holborn Dining Room, it’s gonna be the summer hangout of champions and we are the only way you can get booked in POW. Either message us for free on 07403922903 or sign up via concierge.barchick.com. 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN Gin.Bar.at.Holborn.Dining.Room

3. 214 Bermondsey

Hidden beneath a little Italian joint, is a whole lotta gin and debauchery in this candlelit gin den. It's got the cool speakeasy thing going on but without the wankyness. This place takes their gin so seriously they make their own tonic water, specifically designed to let you taste the gin front and centre. If your taste buds are super sharp, you'll fancy your chances with a gin flight. You get a tray of three numbered mini G&Ts, a red wax sealed envelope concealing the bar’s extensive tasting notes. Then you gotta guess which gin’s which. Great for date night chat. Come back on a Sunday when the gin is almost as cheap as water, almost. With £5 for doubles. Best stock load the Aspirin for Monday morning.  214 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3TJ

4. London Gin Club

Back in 1933 it was just an Italian cafe but in its current incarnation it’s all about the gin-obsessed—just check the very impressive booklet you’re given and you’ll get a pretty good idea of how into it they are. Prepare to be swamped for choice, with 250 types of gin baby! You can event select your tonic, type of ice and slice. If you’re totally overwhelmed, just spin the ‘wheel of choice’ and let fate decide. 22 Great Chapel Street, London W1F 8FR

5. The Gin Parlour at Mr Fogg’s Tavern

Sneak upstairs, away from the rowdy crowd downstairs at Mr Fogg's Tavern and hit the far more refined and chilled out gin parlour. It's reservations only but BarChick Concierge can sort that, just message us for free on 07403922903 and we'll book you in.  This secret bar is filled with enough gin to send you time travelling. It’s a more refined experience with velvet armchairs, settees and a crowd of gin connoisseurs and more serious cocktail drinkers.  If G&Ts are you thing, you need to get up here cos they’ve got about a hundred different combinations and serves. Book in on a ‘gin safari’ and get expert tuition from a gin pro, try out loads of gins and then tuck into some epic G&Ts. 58 St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4EAmr.foggs.tavern.salon

6. Merchant House

The guys headed up the COLD distillery before moving on to create this perfect hangout for gin lovers. Decked out in taxidermy, old pianos and open cabinets containing rare spirits - then along with all that gin  - it’s all mega trippy. 13 Well Court, London EC4M 9DN

7. Worship Street Whistling Shop

Based on 1940’s London gin palaces, this place gets top marks for decor (there’s even a street lamp). Impress your hot date by asking us to book out the ‘Dram Shop’ which has benched seating around a bathtub (yeah random), in a little room with an honesty bar Gin Closet, it’s all pretty cool. You are left to your own devices so you’re sure to see some interesting things. The drinks are mostly made in-house, and they even have a lab. BarChick had about 6 Civility Cocktails, delicious, delicate, and dangerous as you can hardly taste the alcohol. The Panaca with all its sage dust was memorable, but since they make things fresh in house everyday, the cocktails will be forever tweaked and tested. 63 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2DU

8. Pedler

You know a bar's gonna work gin just right when the owner also owns one of London's best artisanal gin brands - Little Bird Gin.  This is the awesome gin / cocktail / brunch / coffee capital of SE London and the only place in London you can eat gin sausages. YUP. Fresh 'n dry Martinis, bitter sweet Peck'em Martinis and of course killer grapefruit garnished G&Ts are all good but those gin sausages alone are worth the uber fare to Peckham. We'll book you a table, message us for free on 07403922903 or sign up via concierge.barchick.com. 58 Peckham Rye, London SE15 4JR Pedler0003

9. Mother's Ruin

Only true gin die-hards know about this lil' beaute. A tiny understated cocktail bar in Walthamstow where they sell their own liqueurs (mainly gin). All made from home-grown and locally foraged fruit and flowers. You won't be able to stop glugging that Sloe. Unit 18, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St, London E17 9HQ

10. COLD BAR - City of London Distillery

Tucked down an alleyway just off Fleet Street, this is a pint sized gin distillery and relaxed cocktail bar all in one. They’ve got over 180 gins behind the bar, start with their home brand City of London Gin and don’t stop until you’ve tried them all! Have a try of their range of three gins (Dry, Sloe and Old Tom), all made in house, it’s a bit like eating fruit from the tree. Wholesome and healthy. The menu is a mix of classics and new creations, you can’t go wrong with a Tom Collins, a Martinez or hit the Aviations. Don’t leave without checking out the distillery, they do tours from 12pm or ask nicely when the bartenders aren’t too busy and you’ll get a personal tour. Birthday? Hen do? Just fancy a p*ss up in a distillery with your nearest?  Text us for free message us for free on 07403922903 and we can get you booked in with your crew to make your own gin... they’ll keep the recipe so you can keep on ordering. 22-24 Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8DT   Need more? Check out: London's 8 best Negronis London's best party bars London's best bars for a first date in London" ["post_title"]=> string(26) "10 Epic Gin Bars In London" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(23) "best-gin-bars-in-london" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-04-18 12:46:20" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-04-18 11:46:20" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=58737" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [4]=> object(WP_Post)#408 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(58715) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-04-11 16:04:44" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-04-11 15:04:44" ["post_content"]=> string(18959) "Sometimes BarChick needs more than a killer cocktail. Sometimes we wanna clamber onto the nearest bar top and throw some shapes - or kick back in the corner with a Negroni and listen to some light jazz. Here’s some of the best London bars for live music.

SWING, SOUL & JAZZ

NightJar This awesome speakeasy not only does seriously killer cocktails, but along with the whole 1920’s vibe, there’s live jazz and blues too. Oh every night too. Plus it's one of the best bars in the world. it just KEEPS ON GIVING. Music: Every night - check out what’s on at NightJar here 129 City Rd, London EC1V 1JB Kansas Smitty's It's not everyday that a kick ass band open a basement bar that knocks out killer juleps, good times and showcases some of the best musical talent around. Kansas Smitty's house Band have done it, and it rocks. Kinda like a jazz cave come down here for anything from live swing to chilled blues and even a casual poker night in the mix.  Just hawk eyes their events listings. Or message free BarChick and we'll see what's gwanin' and get you booked in. 07481341284. 63-65 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH Trader Vic’s Head here once a month for 'Lei'd Back Sessions' with a different vibe and band kicking off each time (we’re talking Soul, Jazz, Blues). You’ll find BarChick in the corner with our mates, just soaking it all in with a Mai Tai or ten. Music: First Thursday of every month. Starts from 8.30pm. Check out the exact event info here. 22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BE Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club It would kinda be rude not to mention this classic jazz hangout. Great place to take the parents when they’re in town. Music: Every night, doors open 6pm - 'til LATE. (on Sundays there’s a lunchtime show with doors opening at 12pm and then 6.30pm) Find out exactly what's goin' down at Ronnie's here  47 Frith St, London W1D 4HT The Savoy's Thames Foyer Feelin' classy? Go for Jazz Fridays at The Savoy. Head back to the 1920's in the hotel's snazzy foyer with an awesome glass dome. (It's where Oscar Wilde used to come hang pre-jazz age). Indulge in dinner and cocktails while you listen to live renditions of jazz greats. Epic. Music: Fridays. Three sets beginning at 8pm on 'til 11pm. Strand, WC2R 0EU Four Thieves Live jazz, big fat roast - hello awesome Sunday. Oh and come early to nab yourself a seat, or get BarChick Concierge for free on 07481341284 to reserve you a spot. When: Sundays. 2pm-4pm 51 Lavender Gardens, SW11, 1DJ    RIVER.dandelyan Dandelyan Perk yourself up on a Tuesday at Dandelyan’s ‘Tunesdays’ where you can sip seriously delicious botanical themed cocktails while you listen to blues and soul, with bands alternating each week. Make the most of £8 cocktails from 6-9pm (an absolute steal for these bad boy tipples). Then come back for more awesome cocktails and live DJ sets at Sunday Lyan, with old school hip-hop on vinyl. Winner. Music: Tuesdays: 7-9pm and Sundays 7pm-12am. 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD Ruby’s Bar and Lounge The music experience is well intimate in this cosy lil’ venue (think less club, more lounge bar). From hip-hop, jazz, soul, funk and boogie DJs, to soul and basement lounge.
Sit tight for a new weekly Thursday of rock 'n roll, Motown, blues.
Music: 9pm-2am, Fridays and Saturdays. Thursdays launching 21st April! 8pm-1am. 72-76 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XB

ACOUSTIC

Oriole Nightjar’s awesome sister bar is also all about the speakeasy vibe and totally wicked cocktails. Plus, it's uber serious about its music, with acoustic sets from around the world: it could be New Orleans' jazz, Deep South Blues, or even Trinidadian Calypso. FYI, Tuesday, Sunday & Monday, all the music's free, but the other nights there’s a lil’ cover charge for the music. Wednesday & Thursday: £5 per person, Friday & Saturday: £8 per person. Music: Monday-Sunday. From 9pm. East Poultry Avenue, Smithfield Markets, London EC1A 9LH Loves Company London bar Loves Company There's all sorts going on at this top rated BarChick bar. We're heading there on Mondays for Sessions58, an acoustic night hosted by cool music dude Nate James. It's also an open mic night if you're up for that (email canisingatsessions@gmail.com to get involved). Then every other week there's Jump the Gun Thursdays with soulful and jazzy style music. Music: Mondays: 8pm, £5 entry. Thursdays: 7pm. Fridays & Saturdays: DJs from 9pm. 104 City Rd, London EC1V 2NR The Star by Hackney Downs It's hello date night at this cosy candlelit upstairs venue which plays host to a range of acoustic acts. Oh and it’s free. Winner. Music: Every Wednesday from 7.30pm 35 Queensdown Road, London E5 8NN Powder Keg Diplomacy This Battersea bar is not only about the top cocktails and hot staff in Victorian style garb, it’s got live music on a Sunday with different artists each week. Yeah! When: Sundays, 5pm - 7pm. 147 St John's Hill, London SW11 1TQ Roof East Hell yeah, the sun’s shining and BarChick needs a cocktail and some music. We’ll be heading to Roof East to soak up the rays alongside live acoustic music baby. When: Rooftop opens 3rd May 2016. Floors 7 & 8, Stratford multi storey car park, Great Eastern Way, London E15 1XE Bussey Bar Peckham’s rooftop hangout also has awesome acoustic music goin’ on throughout the summer. Eyes peeled. When: Music dates and times TBC. Roof B, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST Joe Public There's a new kid at Clapham Common Joe Public (and it’s actually quite cool for Clapham High Street). It only does mega take-away pizza and fizz on tap in a revamped toilet (yes), but there’s also live music in their outside square throughout summer. When: Music will start in the summer months. Watch this space you. 4 The Pavement, London SW4 0HY

REGGAE

Cottons Rhum Shack Pretending like we’re on some kind of tropical island is probably our fave way to spend a Sunday. You'll find us working our way through Cotton’s epic rum collection while we listen to epic steel drums or soul/reggae. When: Sundays baby 55 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AN LIVE BAND The Troubadour All sorts of live stuff goin’ on at this renowned music venue - five to seven days a week. You'll find us moshing at the front. When: Check out the latest bands here 263-267 Old Brompton Rd, London SW5 9JA Sky Pod When BarChick has a hot date we head to the Sky-High Sessions where there’s a live band and DJ - show off your moves, and while you’re all heady on the sunset, booze and tunes, maybe move in for a cheeky snog. Music: Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, music form 6.30pm-10.30pm Sky Garden Walk, 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF

BLUES, BABY

Ain’t nothing but… Soho Slip inside this cluttered lil’ cabin and feel like you’re plonked straight into an American blues bar. It’s well intimate - we love it. Music: Monday - Sunday. That's all week - waay! 20 Kingly St, London W1B 5PZ NOLA This secret Shoreditch bar stands for everything New Orleans. Come here for the real deal Blues, folk and jazz. Plus we can get you booked in through BarChick Concierge so text us for free on 07481341284. Nice. Music: Days and times vary, so check here for all the deets from NOLA  Hidden away above Bedrooms Bars, First Floor, 66-68 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY Live band at Trader Vic's

CEILIDH

The Bedford and Fusilier House pubs Head to this South End boozer to show off your best Ceilidh-style moves. Or, if you're more on the beginner side, like BarChick, have LOLs fumbling your way through the steps along to the nu-folk band, Fiddle Paradiddle bashes out the tunes. When: Once a month. From 8pm. Check out the website for the next Ceilidh dates Fusilier House: 213 Balham High Rd, London SW17 7BQ The Bedford: 77 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9HD big.chill

PIANO VIBE

cellar.door Cellar Door Come on Sundays for a chilled Piano lounge session - led by ledge Pete Saunders (he's the former Dexy's Midnight Runners keys man) and he's playing all sorts, from Nirvana to Nat King Cole - hollar at him and he might just play what you ask for - he might. When: Free entry from from 7pm. Open til 12am In an old loo at Aldwych, London WC2E 7DN The Piano Works This Victorian-listed warehouse is just like an old school Jazz bar, just without the smoke. There’s two pianists with a gang of musicians - but you’re the boss. They only play songs requested by the crowd. We’re asking for Bieber - of course we're JOKING. (Not joking). Music: 7pm-1pm every day. Epic. 113 Corner of, Farringdon Road, Farringdon EC1R 3BX

OPEN MIC

Apples & Pears Got a voice on ya? Give it a whirl at Apples & Pears where there’s open mic slots and a featured artist at each time. Then there’s DJ’s spinning Motown, Soul, Funk, Old School Hip Hop and Beats at the weekends. Music: Open Mic: Every Tuesday, 7pm-11pm 26 Osborn St, London E1 6TD The Roof Gardens Head up for top notch music at one of London’s classiest rooftops. All sorts of different music sh*t going on here - from Proms-style classical stuff to REVERB in the Summer - London's only Rooftop Festival innit. Just try not to knock over all the pink flamingoes in your excitement. When: Check here to see the next awesome event at The Roof Gardens 99 Kensington High St, London W8 5SA The Haggerston This late night venue has an open mic night every Tuesday, so come do your thang! Then live jazz on Sundays - when the place is open 'til 3am. Watch out! 438 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AA

GENERAL GOOD TIMES

The Blues Kitchen (Camden, Shoreditch, Brixton) Here's where BarChick loves to get all slurry sweaty on the dance floor - but hey! Don’t come on too strong you, we’re just here to bust some moves. Everyone’s always in a good mood and the music is rockin’, from New Orleans' Beats to sassy Soul. Oh Yeah! When: Monday - Sunday. Live music starts from 9.45pm. Party’s over from 12pm, Monday-Wednesday, 1pm Thursdays, and 2.30pm Fridays and Saturdays, 10pm Sundays. Camden: 111-113 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JN Shoreditch: 134-146 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3AR Brixton: 40 Acre Lane, London SW2 5SP Find out what's on at Blues Kitchen here Boho Camden Boho Camden When BarChick wants to mosh to some epic bands or mega DJs, we head to Camden, the home of the London gigging scene. If you're well up for a par-tay then head to live music jaunt Boho this Saturday, 23rd April when 80's DJ ledge Norman Jay MBE  is doing his thang on the decks. And entry is only a fiver. Waaayo. Buy tickets to Norman Jay at Boho here Scarfes Bar  A top way to spend a Sunday – this place has epic decor and a top atmosphere, it’s so much more than just a hotel bar. BarChick loves the sexy live music, which properly kicks off on a Sunday, with immersive cabaret performances ‘Mayhem in Midtown’ headed up by cabaret superstar Dusty Limits.  Music: 3rd, 17th April. 1st May. Music kicks off at 7.30-10pm. Tickets from £20: Buy cabaret tickets here Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN   Lovin' this little lot? You might like: Best London bars for a Sunday session London's best pop ups The ultimate London weekend" ["post_title"]=> string(37) "Awesome Bars For Live Music in London" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(37) "awesome-bars-for-live-music-in-london" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-04-20 16:07:11" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-04-20 15:07:11" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=58715" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } } ["post_count"]=> int(5) ["current_post"]=> int(-1) ["in_the_loop"]=> bool(false) ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#404 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(58765) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-04-27 15:55:52" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-04-27 14:55:52" ["post_content"]=> string(14626) "Okay it might still be snowing, but it's officially spring plus this weekend is a 3-dayer so get out there! BarChick's new concierge service will recommend the best bars and stuff to do plus we'll get you booked in! Pow. Sign up online to chat to us or just drop us a free text on 07403-921-973. Dont be shy. New rooftop bars, hard shakes, hell even drag queens doing karaoke. Your May agenda is right here.

BANGIN' BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND - 29 April - 2nd May

1. Boozy bowling - All Star Lanes 

Head here for a Boozy Bowling Weekender, where you get extra perks for being sh*t hot, like free team shots for king-pin bowlers. But you probably won't be aiming too straight with the late night Happy Hour (9pm - 11pm), which is happening every night the extra-long weekend. Want bars for killer drinks afterwards? We'll point you in the right direction. 

Le Bun cocktail 2. Cure your hangover with cheeseburger Bloody Marys (on the house, yo!) - Le Bun Le Bun is bringing its French American burger mashup to Leicester House hotel in China Town and booking in through BarChick Concierge means you'll get this epic Bloody Mary on the house. Nice. Just message us for free and we'll sort it.  Inspired by New Orleans' Po Boy sandwiches and Lyonnaise style Pulled Pig buns, it's heavy stuff so come with a big empty belly. Leicester House, 1 Leicester Street, WC2H 7BL 3. Slumber Soiree - Barts Fancy partying with sleazy MIC wannabes in their silks? Time to get those PJs on show at Barts this weekend with a slumber soiree. If you can locate the secret Chelsea bar, (it's a tricky one, we'll help you out and even book your table) then you'll be tucking into dreamy-themed boozy tipples with ingredients set to relax your stressed bod, like camomile and almond milk. Plus we're promised some midnight snacking, and pillow fights. Pow. Pow. Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Ave, London SW3 3DW 4. Masquerave - Troxy But if sleeping ain't your thing and you wanna really go for it, head to this masked dance party, hosted by absolute Hollywood legend Samuel L. Jackson. There's all DJ sets from the likes of Jamie XX, Faithless, Tom Findlay of Groove Armada. All in aid of supporting and raising awareness of male cancer. Saturday, 30th April Book your tickets to the Masquerave here Troxy,  490 Commercial Rd, E1 0HX bungabungabrunch 5. Bottomless pizza and Prosecco - Bunga Bunga  It's a gorge fest at Bunga Bunga's Bank Holiday Supper Club with unlimited pizza and Prosecco for £35. Then in the typical Bunga Bunga Italian wildness, there's gunna be karaoke,  DJ and a house load of drunk West Londoners - aaaay! Get your table sorted or just send us a free text 07403-921-973. 1st May, get sloshed from 6pm – 8pm 37 Battersea Bridge Rd, London SW11 3BA 6. Boozy brunches - Various locations We know all the best bottomless brunches in London, and yes - we've tried them all (though job). Why not get stuck in early doors - you got a whole extra day to recover! Rock up for a hearty brunch and tons of booze. A few faves include Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, where you can customise your Bloody Marys, and drink all you can for £17. And the ultimate brunch spot, Mews of Mayfair on a Sunday where for £25 you can get brunch and lunch in one shebang - eggs for starter, beef and all the trimmings for main and  then dessert, alongside bottomless cocktails for £15 extra. Forge & Co get bubble and squeak, washed down with endless Prosecco! Find more bottomless brunch ideas here or just message us and we'll instantly recommend and get you booked in to one. Pow. 7. Late night drinking - Various awesome locations It's 1am and the last place you wanna go is home. Totally hardcore, been drinking all day and still going strong? Good 'cos  there are tons of places to carry on the rowdiness. The Experimental Cocktail Club, El Camion, Bar Italia, Keystone Crescent and La Cabina are just some of the epic places to keep you topped up 'til the sun pretty much comes out. Out late and wanna be pointed towards the nearest watering hole? Text us on 07403-921-973 for instant replies, the fun doesn't have to stop yo!

ALSO ON THIS MAY

8. Street Food Market season kicks off - Street Feast The street food market is now open for business until October baby! Loads of stalls from the likes of B.O.B's Lobster and Yum Bun, then there's pop-up bars like Tequila Treehouse (olé! olé!) and The Gin Store with DJs banging out the tunes. Just don't rain or snow, yeah? Fridays and Saturdays 'til October: 5pm to midnight Hartwell St, London E8 3DU 9. Dance under a giant disco ball at Model Market Thought the only thing Lewisham had to offer was good transport links? Nah baby, Model Market is BACK for the summer and that means drinking Pina Coladas outta giant pineapples, snacking on killer bao buns and dancing around fire pits and under a giant disco ball 'til 1am. If you're looking for a fun night out with your mates this is IT.

Fridays and Saturdays: 5pm to 1am

196 Lewisham High Street (Entrance on Molesworth Street) 10. London Wine Week A whole seven days dedicated to vino - oh yeah. There'll be wine-related activities goin' on across the city like wine tours, masterclasses and meal pairings - you can take part in all of it if you get hold of a lil' festival wristband for £10 (snap one up here). And - this is mega - the wristband also gets you £5 wine Check here to find out what bars are hosting. Wine-not get involved?! On 'til: 23-29th May
11. Buy tickets for the highest slide in the world - ArcelorMittal Orbit That weird sculpture thing they didn't quite know what to do with in the Olympic Park? Now they've turned it into a mega slide. Yes seriously. At 178m high, it's a 40 second journey down - FYI that's a long long time. It opens in July but the tickets have JUST GONE ON SALE BABY. So snap yours up asap. Buy your tickets to the Arcelor Mittal Orbit Slide here  birdies crazy gold london barchick 12. Golf on a rooftop - Birdies Crazy Golf May is another word for 'hello rooftop season', and we can't wait to get golfing with altitude at Birdies. There's a nine-hole course with loops, half-pipes, hidden putt-off prizes and an elevated 5ft drop onto the sixth hole. Woah, we're feeling dizzy. Team all that up with lots of cocktails and you're on for good times - just easy where you're swinging that thing. Wanna go? We'll book you in, just text BarChick concierge for free on 07481 341284. Open every day except Monday – From 3rd May to 28th August. Golf Tickets: £9. Opening times vary - so checkout the Birdies website for full details. Roof East: Level 8, Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, Stratford, E15 1XE 13. Rooftop movies - Rooftop Film Club Date nights just got wicked again with the summer launch of Rooftop Film Club. What better way to woo your hottie than sipping cocktails on top of Peckham's Bussey Building watching movies, sipping cocktails, and snacking street food style. Find out the various times and days on the Rooftop Film Club website. Peckham – Bussey Building: 133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST Shoreditch – Queen of Hoxton: 1 – 5 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JX Kensington – Roof Gardens: 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA Stratford – Roof East: Level 8, Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, Stratford, E15 1XE queen.of.hoxton (1) 14. General rooftop boozing - Various London rooftops Loads of our fave rooftop bars open up over May - we're too excited. Queen of Hoxton is going all flower power with ‘a psychadelic Summer of Love theme’. Then there's the really f*cking cool one, Frank's in Peckham, where you party on top of a carpark with epic views of the city. Oxford Street way there's Notch (was Roofnic last year). Rumpus Room on the South Bank is also now open - it's where all the sexy people hang, with a terrace and a kick-ass view of the river. And that's just for starters - there's loads more London rooftops just waiting to host you and your crew. 15. Haggerston's new member's bar - MAP Maison It's just opened, so go now before all the cool kids rush in. It's the first bit of Mayfair style swish to enter Haggerston way - set up by the awesome Joseph Arowolo from Sketch. Upstairs anyone can come along and take a pew at the bar, but if you've got hold of the 'Maison Private Guest Card' you can also sneak into the speakeasy bar downstairs. Plus, if you can't glug it all down in one go, there's personalised liquor lockers too. 321 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4DL 16. The blind bar  - Dans Le Noir If your Tinder date hasn't met up to expectations and you can't literally stare them in the face any longer, then head to the Otra Vista Social Club at Dans Le Noir where you can hang in the 'chill-out' area in the pitch dark. No need to close your eyes and pretend they're fit. There's also a silent disco baby, if you're into that. On every Friday, from 10pm until 1am 30-31 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU Want more? 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127 Grove Rd, London, Greater London E3 5RP

Tel: +44 20 8980 2918

Mile End

Opening hours

Mon - Thurs & Sun: 12pm - midnight,
Fri & Sat: 12pm - 1:30am (no admission after 11:30pm)

Barchick Says

Date Updated: 11/03/2013

Be sure to hit the Palm Tree at some point in your life. It stands alone just off the Regent’s Canal and is famed for its live music and old skool landlords. Cool. This place ain’t big but it’s busting with character; shiny gold and black palm tree wallpaper covers the walls and a red hue gives every drinker a rouge tint (lash rash). The till looks like a time machine and the photos above the bar scream “afros and mullets are back in kids!”

The oval shaped bar has velvet curtains hanging above it but it’s less glam than you’re imagining, the name may suggest exotic but this place is an east end boozer to the core. Don’t go ordering anything fancy as it’ll only take time and we’re guessing it won’t taste great, plus with ales from Bow and Battersea you’ll wanna support the locals and order a pint. BarChick went all out with the pork scratchings and if it’s warm you can take things outside to chill on the grass. Canal life is as idyllic as it gets.

This place is booming at the weekends, the old drum kit in the corner comes to life and the piano gets some serious love. Amen.


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Take a cheapskate, Take a date, Take your mates, Take your mum, Beers, Dancing, Music, Parties, Smoking, Wine, Daytime, Evening, Late