The Best Happy Hours in London

No money, no problems

Who doesn’t love a good happy hour? When Payday seems like lightyears away but you're craving the good times with your crew, a decent Happy Hour can be a bloody lifesaver.  BarChick has been all over town finding you the ones where you’ll be happy to stay once the prices go back up. And no, there’s nothing wrong with doubling up every time you hit the bar – it is happy hour, afterall.

CENTRAL LONDON

London Cocktail Club

Their naval themed place on Shaftesbury Avenue has wicked drinks and a sexy, low-lit tattooed look with swallows and pin-up girls on the walls, while their Goodge Street spot has more drinks and delicious bar snacks. The Oxford Circus one is absolutely huge, so a good one for a large gang and if you're looking for somewhere to let loose in The City, the Monument outpost is where you need to head.

Happy Hour: 2-4-£12 on ALL LCC Cocktails. Everyday. Every LCC. Until 7pm. PLUS every night of the week see's a different cocktail offered at 241 all night long.

Various locations across London. Pick your fave.

Bar Swift Aperitivo Hour

It's one of the best bars in the world, but even Bar Swift ain't gonna rob ya of the chance to get a few of their infamous aperitivos down you for a little less cash. Their colourful collection of spritzes are just what you need to get your evening started, so if you're heading for a swift one (that turns into four) after work, you know where to go.

Happy Hour: Until 7pm every day, All aperitivos £6 each.

12 Old Compton St, London W1D 4TQ

Piano Works West End

Cheap drinks with a side of live music? Sign us up. This West End live-music party bar brings ALL the tunes and one helluva Happy Hour that includes champaign, cocktails and beers: the perfect fuel for dancing the night away to your fave tunes.

Happy Hour: Moet & Chandon NV Glass £6.50 Bottle £36.00, Selected Cocktails for £5.50 Thursday - Friday 5pm - 7pm, Saturdays from 11am - 1pm and 4pm - 7pm.

47 Whitcomb St, West End, London WC2H 7DH

The Lost Alpaca

Feeling in the need to get your groove on, Latin American style? We've all been there. The Lost Alpaca is the basement bar below the Lima Floral restaurant in the heart of Theatreland, and if Pisco Sours are your jam, get there after work and you'll get 'em 2-4-1.

Happy Hour: 2-4-1 on selected cocktails. Wednesday - Saturday 5PM - 7PM

14 Garrick St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9BJ

NORTH LONDON

Simmons

If you’re a penny pincher, Simmons' Happy Hour £2.50 drinks are gonna sort. you. out. There's also bottles of wine for £12, 2 cocktails for a tenner, or you can grab a few of their cocktail teapots for £15 while you play a few rounds of something old school on the SEGA megadrive.

Happy Hour: From 4pm - 9pm Sunday-Friday (3pm - 8pm in Soho, Oxford Street & Piccadilly Circus)

15 venues and counting across London including Angel, Euston Square, Kings Cross, Camden, Soho, Fitzrovia

The Blues Kitchen, Camden

This joint rocks the largest Bourbon collection in London, so if the blues and jazz scene of NOLA is your vibe, rock up here on a Wednesday where there's live jazz and an all-night-long Happy Hour of £5 cocktails. The "world famous" house band will also play the blues, soul & grooves while you're sipping. Get ready to belt out some Aretha at the top of your lungs. The table next to ya will love it.

Happy Hour: £5 cocktails all night long from 5pm on Wednesdays

111-113 Camden High St, Camden, London, NW1 7JN

The Old Queens Head

This place has a rep for bringing the good times, with the magic of a relaxed pub vibe downstairs and then a debauched dancefloor upstairs. A solid crowd-pleaser all week long, but on a Wednesday, those good times only cost a fiver as all cocktails go down in price for the entire night. EPIC.

Happy Hour: All cocktails £5 all day on a Wednesday

44 Essex Rd, The Angel, London N1 8LN

EAST LONDON

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town

This bar is the dirty little secret of The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields, hidden behind a Smeg fridge. You’ll have to ask to see the Mayor in order to get in but once you do, you'll find a moodily-lit cocktail bar with great music and a good selection of cocktails, all of which are going cheap just in time for after-work drinks.

Happy Hour: £5 cocktails Monday-Thursday 5pm-6pm

12-16 Artillery Lane, The Breakfast Club (behind the Smeg fridge), London, E1 7LS

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Barrio Shoreditch

The Shoreditch post of the Barrio train is nothing that the cool east end kids can’t handle, but it sure is some kinda psychedelic Latino playground. This place is all pineapples, foliage and quirky bits. They have an Amigo Hour happy hour that’s cocktails for £6 every day from midday – 5pm. Got that mid-afternoon office slump? This is your cure right here.

Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 12pm-7pm, £6 for different classic cocktails every day: Monday - Mojito / Tuesday - Tommy’s Margarita / Wednesday - Pina Colada / Thursday - Paloma / Friday - Dark & Stormy

141-143 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE  

SOUTH LONDON

Bistro Union

Making the most of Happy Hour doesn't mean you're looking for a wild one. If you're seeking chilled vibes, head to Abbeville Village in Clapham South and find this cute neighbourhood Bistro. It's the sister restaurant to Clapham Old Town's Michelin-starred Trinity so you know the grub is bang on, and they have a daily Cocktail Club offering a selection of cocktails for a fiver. The Bees Knees lives up to it's name, btw.

Happy Hour: £5 Cocktail Club including selected drinks on the menu. Everyday 4pm-7pm

40 Abbeville Road, Clapham, London SW4 9NG

Tequila Mockingbird

Two things BarChick loves: puns and tequila. But it's not just about the agave spirit at these South London bars. They know how to shake up pretty much any cocktail using all our fave spirits, and their daily happy hour means you can get 2-4-1 on all of 'em from 5-8pm daily. We'll never say no to two of the Mockingbird Punches.

Happy Hour: Happy hours run daily from 5pm-8pm at all TM venues, offering buy one get one free cocktails, £3 small house wines & £3 bottled beers!

Various locations: Tooting, Brixton, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Shoreditch, Wimbledon & Putney 

The Old Schoolyard

The ultimate party bar that looks like Saved By The Bell’s Zach’s kinda hangout. Think table football, basketball hoops and 80s music bangers. There are also some serious cocktails made by bartenders who are anything but. And during Happy Hour get them for just £4.50 and two BEERS FOR A FIVER. Loving life.

Happy Hour: Daily 5.30pm-8pm,£5 cocktails & 2 beers for £5

109-111 Long Lane, London, SE1 4PH

Mommi

This fusion fix bar has got Latin and Japanese vibes down but what they're really rocking is a banging late-night happy hour. They're sacking off the post-work quickie and going in hard £4 prosecco and £6 Espresso Martinis from 10pm every Friday and Saturday. This deal changes regularly so keep checking their website to keep in the loop.

Happy Hour: Friday & Saturday from 10pm - £4 glasses of presecco, £6 Espresso Martinis

44-48 Clapham High Street, London Sw4 7UR

Rum Kitchen 

Happy Hours are overrated. Our fave tropical bar takes discounts to another level with Happy Days, which sees a selection of our favourite cocktails being served at discounted prices til 7pm pm. Take a mate and act like it’s Friday! Or go on a Friday and go absolutely f*cking' wild. Go for their Jamrock Punch for starters – it’s a blend of rums and plenty of tropical juice, you'll think you're in the Caribbean rather than South London.

Happy Hour: Selected cocktails £5.95 daily til 7pm (£8 each after)

Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 (you'll also find them in Shoreditch and Soho)

WEST LONDON

 

Dirty Bones, Kensington

Head down a neon-lit staircase into this sexy subterranean speakeasy den with a meat-heavy menu and inventive cocktails, plus live music in their lounge every month. They've got delicious sloppy burgers and £5 dirty cocktails & beer specials.

Happy Hour: select £5 signature cocktails Monday to Friday: Kensington: Mon-Fri, 5-7pm, Carnaby: Mon-Fri, 3-6pm, Soho: Mon-Fri, 3-6pm, Shoreditch: Mon-Fri, 3-7pm

20 Kensington Church St, Kensington, W8 4EP

Big Easy Kings Road

The live music, frozen cocktail, Yankee rib shack formula has been working a treat for almost 30 years, which is why this Kings Road BBQ joint is basically never empty. There's an offer on every night, from all you can eat shrimp, or buckets of Brooklyn beers to 2 for 1 cocktails. 

Happy Hour: Sunday to Friday: Early Evening 4pm - 7pm: Bottled & tap beer from £3.50,  glass of wine or presecco for £3.50, Skushy cocktails £3 per glass or £8 pint and selected cocktails £5 each.

332-334 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UR 

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