There comes a time in everyone's life when the clubbing scene starts to feel a little constricting, but that doesn't mean that a great night out is now a thing of the past. So what are the options?
The following bars are perfect for people who are over getting home from a night out at 6am, but aren't quite ready to let London's wealth of great bars go entirely...
This bar in Notting Hill has much to recommend it, including a fun-loving atmosphere which remains light and airy, but never feels immature – sure to impress more grown-up visitors to 5 star hotels in London.
It's a cute and cosmopolitan space which also hosts lots of great events throughout the week including cocktail nights and DJ nights. In addition, there is an impressive selection of drinks for you to choose from, ensuring everyone can find something they'll love while enjoying the entertainment on offer.
68 & Boston
This classy London bar is situated in Soho, and brings a wine-bar feel to your night out. There are decadent touches all around, with stunning furnishings themed in an Oriental style. A trip here is a great choice for anyone who wants to discover something new and enjoy a sophisticated evening out while staying at the Montcalm Luxury Hotel London.
One of the big benefits of 68 & Boston is the extended wine list, and the venue also offers an Aperitivo hour for greater value during your visit.
Combining a rooftop bar with one of the finest Finsbury Square restaurants, The Aviary offers incredible views, elegant surroundings and delicious dishes.
Sitting comfortably on the 10th floor of the Montcalm, it was designed to create an elegant and stylish spot for relaxing, with a vibrancy which perfectly matches the hotel itself.
Cocktails are one of the highlights, and guests can head for the south-facing Aviary terrace to see some of the best views London has to offer while sampling from the beer and wine list, or enjoying an impressive meal in a delightful bar which really does have it all.
Located in the Gherkin, one of London's most iconic buildings, the Iris Bar provides stunning views and fabulous cocktails, all while taking in the sights at a unique (and exceptionally high) vantage point. It's a rooftop bar, but there's plenty of room indoors when the weather gets a little too chilly.
In addition, Iris Bar is open until 11pm – late enough to know you've had a night out, but not so late you'll be regretting your decision in the morning. In addition to a great drinks selection, the restaurant menu draws on seasonal produce. Fans of architecture can also marvel at the bar itself, which combines vintage-style additions with the latest in modern engineering and design.
In trendy Shoreditch, Nightjar is one of the city's most popular upmarket bars, and it was originally designed as an antidote to the overcrowded bars which line the West End.
As a result, you'll find extra care and attention has been paid to getting everything just right, with a personal service and 1920s-style décor, including candlelit tables, cocktails and lively musical entertainment which includes regular visits from swing and jazz bands.
There's no standing space at Nightjar, so we recommend booking a table to get the most from your visit.
This delightful Islington space first began life as a pop-up, and hasn't forgotten its roots. Dishes served here focus on British cuisine, while the bar also provides yummy and inventive drinks which bring a little fun to your bar-hopping while enjoying London hotel packages. Fantastic finishing touches at the bar include stunning, vibrant décor which contributes to the fun ambiance of the space itself.
For those feeling adventurous, the bar is open until 4am – with great tunes playing throughout the evening.
A 1920s-themed underground speakeasy, Purl is located in Marylebone, with a fondness for experimentation and theatrics. It’s hard not to be impressed by the bar staff, who thrive on creating unusual cocktails.
Purl is named after a 19th century drink which originated on the streets of London, so this dedication to creative mixology makes perfect sense. In addition to drinks, you can also marvel at the baroque-style interior décor, which helps foster a dramatic atmosphere, supported by a growing collection of vintage items.
You need to book to visit, so you can be sure you won't be confronted with any drunk teenagers – as one of the best kept secrets in London's bar scene, its a great place to relax and enjoy an evening out without feeling out of place.
Based in Chelsea, this is one of the most luxurious bars in London, and its also ideal for anyone tired of the tried and tested bars and clubs in the city. A vintage flair permeates the space, and GOAT itself is divided into three areas, comprised of a restaurant, bar and club.
The bar holds up to 130 visitors, and GOAT also hosts DJ nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. There's an extended cocktail list on offer as well as plentiful wines and spirits, and the bar staff are always happy to get creative. For special occasions, Goat's club, titled The Chelsea Prayer Room, is a speakeasy-style space which holds only 45 people – making it ideal for anyone seeking venue hire for a small event.
Six Stories On Soho
As the name might suggest, Six Stories is based in Soho – and as its only available to visit on appointment, guests will have the feeling of joining a members club rather than simply visiting a bar.
However, there's none of the stuffiness which you might expect from a venue of this kind, and it's perfect for dinner and drinks if you don't feel like battling your way through crowds of students.