From al fresco gin gardens to retro cocktail dens, we’ve whittled down our pick of the best new bars and terraces popping up in the city this month, guaranteed to quench your thirst come Friday night.
Bar Termini Centrale
Drinks guru Tony Conigliaro has launched the second outpost of award-winning watering hole Bar Termini. With the Soho branch just voted as Time Out’s Bar of the Year, expect big things from this new Marylebone offshoot. Keeping the same retro Italian style as its original flagship venue, Bar Termini Centrale will serve coffee and cocktails from dawn till dusk, as well as an inventive menu of Italian-inspired small plates.
31 Duke Street, Marylebone London W1U 1LG
Cinnamon Kitchen Gin Garden
Catch all the sporting action of the summer on the big screen at Cinnamon Kitchen’s gin garden, where you can kick back in a private gazebo and enjoy a few cocktails. A dreamy outdoor spot adorned with twinkling fairy lights and candles. Soak up some rays, snack on Cinnamon Kitchen treats and tuck into one or two Bombay’s at the bespoke gin bar.
9 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YL, open 12pm-11pm Monday to Friday until September
London has launched its very first sparkling wine bar at Lights of Soho, and what better excuse to raise a glass of the fizzy stuff? They’ll also be serving a bottomless sparkling brunch at the weekend. We know where we’ll be heading this Saturday…
35 Brewer Street, Soho W1F 0RX
Famed for his legendary Harlem outpost, Marcus Samuelsson has brought his American comfort food to British shores, setting up camp in The Curtain – Shoreditch’s coolest new member’s bar. But it’s not just the fried chicken that’s causing a stir, the Red Rooster bar and downstairs taqueria, Tienda Roosteria, serves up killer cocktails with a side of live music to bring the party vibes.
45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3PT
Bringing a touch of French flair to the east end is Coupette: a slick French cocktail bar – Coupette means ‘cheeky one’ in French – and the brainchild of ex-head bartender at the Savoy Beaufort Bar, Chris Moore. Joining him is Franck Dedieu, formerly of Redwood, and assistant manager Dan Schofield, formerly head bartender at 69 Colebrooke Row. James Allen Thompson will head up the kitchen to serve a selection of brunch, lunch and dinner classics – think oven-baked eggs; British charcuterie; and confit duck leg. Be sure to try the ‘Truffled White Negroni’, made with truffles in season at the time, and the ‘Champagne Pina Colada’, a modern take on the classic.
423 Bethnal Green Road E2 OAN