From prison cell pop-ups to buzzy rooftop hangouts, we’ve whittled down our pick of the best new bars, cocktail dens and outdoor terraces popping up in the city this month, guaranteed to quench your thirst come Friday night…
No 29 Power Station West, Battersea
Brought to you by the brains behind No 32 Old Town, No 197 Chiswick Fire Station and No 11 Pimlico Road, is Battersea’s hottest new food and drink haunt, No 29 Power Station West: a sprawling industrial-style space with bespoke Crittall doors, rustic workshop fittings and touches of 1920s decadence – think rich leathers and sumptuous velvets with an Art Deco edge. It’s an all-day eating and drinking joint serving up a hearty selection of brunch, lunch and dinner plates alongside a quaffable collection of wines, craft beers, draught beers and seasonal cocktails. Try the Rhubarb Julep or the Bloody Beet with Ketel One vodka, freshly squeezed beetroot juice and a house-made spice mix.
29 Circus West, Battersea Power Station, Battersea, London SW8 4NN, breakfast served 7 days a week, 6am-11:30am; weekend brunch available Saturdays and Sundays 11:30am-5pm
London’s first prison cocktail bar will be unlocking its gates to discerning drinkers, ready to transport them into a world of depraved crime and corruption. On arrival, ‘convicted criminals’ will be given an inmate number and a rather dashing orange jumpsuit, before being locked away behind bars. Once you’re in, you’ll have to learn how to smuggle ‘contraband’ past security and convince your mixologist to shake up a few cocktails on the sly without getting caught by the warden. Hole up in your cell or the visitation area, but beware – you’ll want to be on your guard all night, because that booze could get confiscated…
Alcotraz Penitentiary, 212 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London E1 6RL, 28th September – 17th December 2017, tickets £30
Bar Elba, Waterloo
Taking inspiration from the small island of Elba, just off the dreamy Tuscan coast, this Italian rooftop refuge is guaranteed to transport the senses to sunnier climes. Kitted out with twinkling fairy lights, communal benches and a summer-themed cocktail list – think Frosé Slushies, Aperol Spritzes and Violet Femmes – this balmy Mediterranean paradise will keep alfresco vibes going well into September. Fingers crossed we’re blessed with an Indian summer.
Rooftop, Mercury House, 109-117 Waterloo Road, Waterloo, London SE1 8UL
Brick & Liquor, Clapham
Clapham’s newest neighbourhood hangout comes in the form of Brick & Liquor – a speakeasy-style cocktail bar with a Manhattan East Village vibe. It’s the second branch to their flagship Tooting venue, offering the same signature selection of candied cocktails – they’re each designed with a sweet dessert in mind – with a few new creations on the list, including the show-stopping Nine + a Half Weeks, infused with Havana 3 rum, orange curacao, white vermouth and orange bitters, then aged for nine and a half weeks in a merlot and IPA conditioned oak case – that’s commitment to the cause.
47 Balham Hill, Clapham, London SW12 9DR
Canova Hall, Brixton
Brixton will be welcoming a new day-to-night drinking spot in the shape of Canova Hall. Like its sister site in Hackney, Martello Hall, it will provide a co-working space during the day with bottomless coffee and delicious daytime eats – think crispy stone-baked pizzas, towering bacon sarnies and plates piled high with homemade pasta. It will also moonlight as a cocktail bar with late-night DJ sets, and boozy bottomless brunches on the weekends.
250 Ferndale Road, Brixton, London SW9 8BQ, opening 23rd September