BarChick’s been around and although eating’s cheating, no one’s gonna refuse a free bar snack are they? If they’re not free, the only cure for a bit of light headedness is to grab a menu and order in some snacks, easy to share and light on the wallet.
Dukes: Whilst enjoying some of the best (strongest) Martinis in town, Dukes has some moreish, walnut-sized green olives that you won’t have to pay a penny for. If this isn’t for you then they give you nuts too.
35-36 Saint James's Place, London SW1A 1NY
The Booking Office: With Vegetable crisps for free this is the perfect stop off to grab a British ale or a British Empire inspired cocktail before leaping on a train from St Pancras.
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, Euston Road, NW1 2AR
Lounge Bohemia: The waitresses bring you a small selection of Czech canapés to sample, tiny and tasty (well 4 out of 5 were).
1 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3EJ
Purl: They serve up palette cleanser cucumber sandwiches to neatly nibble on before you indulge in their experimental cocktail list.
50 Blandford St, Marylebone, London, W1U 7HX
Blakes: This Asian themed bar in a 4 star hotel has bowls of prawn crackers that you can munch on before ordering some of their amazing dim-sum. That said with drinks that expensive you kind of expect them!
33 Roland Gardens, London, SW7 3PF
The Connaught: If your money runs out (it could quickly here) at least you’ve gained an amuse-bouche style welcome cocktail and bowls of crisps and olives for nothing!
Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL
The Artesian: If a packet of McCoy’s and a pint normally satisfies your needs then upgrade to a cocktail at the Artesian and endless crisps will be all yours (at more of a fee).
1c Portland Place, London W1B 1JA
Upstairs at Rules: To accompany your classic cocktail you get a slab of Stilton and a biscuit! Random, salty and fattening but low carb, so it’s fine, if you give a sh*t.
35 Maiden Lane, LondonWC2E 7LB
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Dabbous: Candlelit cocktails and you can order snacks from the small bites menu; the crispy, boneless, chicken wings with garlic aioli, or the £90 caviar if you’re rolling in it / using the company card.
39 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 2SF
LCC: There's a menu of small British bites to ward off scurvy that include ‘preserves’, ‘soldiers’ and ‘sticks’ with the trademark LCC hot barmen to keep you entertained. The Deli boards are a little pricier at £12 but perfect for sharing.
224 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EB
Marks Bar at Hix: Served till 1am their “snax” menu is the perfect midnight feast. Make like you’re skiing with a fondue, or shoot some quails eggs – legendary. Plus love ‘em or hate ‘em the free twiglets rock!
66-70 Brewer Street, London, W1F 9UP
Zuma: Head through to the bar where you can eat and you’ll get your drinks quicker. After having a sake session (they offer it sparkling, sweet, hot and cold) soak it up with some chilli edamame, and if you're not paying (you must be special) go long on the Black Cod.
5 Raphael Street, London, SW7 1DL
Baranis: The bar snacks are perfect for sharing with mates and any new petanque pals - cold meats, cheese and other delicious delicacies.
115 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PP
The Campari Bar: Serves delicious Cicheti (what Venetians call little bar snacks), just don’t call them tapas! They come in the form of anchovy and chick pea crostino and potato & parmesan crocchetta to name a few.
41 Beak Street, London, W1F 9SB
Gordons Wine Bar: Although you can go for a full on meal, you can also order in the plates of cheese to perfectly accompany your bottle / glass of vino.
47 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NE
The Empress: The bar snacks rock, padron peppers, croquettes, frito misto and if this ain’t enough on a Sunday then stick around for the roast, it’s the best!
130 Lauriston Road, Victoria Park, London E9 7LH
Bar 45 Park Lane: Chef Wolfgang Puck is a big food man with a big name. The Bar above his restaurant Cut serves his sliders alongside their seriously excellent cocktails.
45 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K1PN
Meat Liquor: This one of the most stylish burger joints in town, you may have to queue but its worth almost every second you wait (maybe go off peak mid afternoon). Kick off with deep fried pickles and blue cheese sauce, don't miss out on the giant onion rings, and everyone needs at least one bite of Yiannis burgers. The barmen who you'll find hacking at a big ice block at the back make some awesome cocktails which are likey to be served in jamjars. Enjoy the caged liquors and rules such as "no shirtc*cking" and "no light petting".
76 Welbeck Street, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AYT
The Canton Arms: Hungover and walking through an odd estate in Stockwell was not what BarChick had in mind on a Saturday lunchtime but with the promise of a bar snack this good she wasn't going to give up. Guinness on tap, local ales and most importantly - those toastys. At £8.50 a sandwhich you may be sceptacle, but these bad boys are outrageous. Foie Gras in a breville is the best hangover cure we have ever had (animal rights activists, go home).
117 South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1XP
Finch's: These guys have got one helluva menu! Their sharers are crazy good with sliders, grilled tortillas and popcorn fish & chips but nothing is worth eating more than the macaroni cheese scotch egg. This is the food of heroes.
12A Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AN