The best bars in London for a girls' weekend

 Well hello to you my reader chums! London is one of my favourite cities ever. You can't beat the bustle, the wide variety of bars and restaurants, the endless things to do, and the buzz that sits with you when you head home. London is one of those cities that is timeless and I could visit over and over again and never get bored.

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I'm lucky that London is only a short distance from me so I'm able to travel regularly and experience the pure joy that is London town. Whether you're planning a weekend in central London or looking for a place to drink with your girls, here are the best bars to visit.

Tonight Josephine

Tonight Josephine is the bar we've all seen on Instagram. It's a pink paradise with neon lights, a cool interior, and bottomless pornstar martinis. There's no better way to describe Tonight Josephine than an absolute vibe and a dream for the girliest night out ever. The bar isn't just a bar, they offer bottomless brunches, bottomless afternoon teas, and themed brunches such as Burlesque - plus you can easily pop in for a drink and get that candid photo in front of the iconic 'well behaved women don't make history' sign.

Tonight Josephine

There isn't just one bar but two in London, one is located in Waterloo directly by the station and the other in Shoreditch. I loved Tonight Josephine a lot and would happily go back again and again. The cocktails are insanely good, the bottomless element really is what it says in the tin and it's an environment where you can really let your hair down and have the best time ever.

Blame Gloria

Created by the owners of Tonight Josephine, Blame Gloria is an iconic bar that everybody needs to visit. It's similar to Tonight Josephine with the fun, excitement, and brilliant cocktails, but has a retro edge to it and a unique interior that I love. Blame Gloria is known for playing the cheesy, sing-your-heart-out tunes and have happy hours that you need to be a part of.

Blame Gloria

Blame Gloria is located in Covent Garden, close by to the main hub, and is really easy to find. When you enter the bar, the pure joy of the electrifying music and retro-style decor is all you need to push you in the direction of a night you won't forget.

The Alchemist

If you love something a bit more quirky for your girl's weekend, this bar is for you. The Alchemist as you can guess by the name is a bar curated around the idea of science so all the cocktails arrive like science experiments. The cocktails are also given names that are science-esque and I loved the creative appeal to that.

The Alchemist has several different bars dotted around London but the one I've been to is in St Martins Lane. The bar has that girly appeal, offers food, bottomless brunches, and is a unique place for cocktails.

Flight Club

For the girls who would love to pair an activity with drinking antics, then Flight Club is a brilliant choice. I've been here on a number of occasions and loved it every single time. Flight Club is a social darts bar, where you can book a booth and all play darts together. There are plenty of interactive games on the dartboards which make it even more competitive amongst the group.

Flight Club has many different bars dotted around London and I've been to a couple of them but they all have the exact same appeal - fun, exciting, and a great location for an entertaining time. It's perfect for if you have a bigger group of girls too.

Radio Rooftop 

There's nothing better than a rooftop view of London and Radio Rooftop is the bar to go to if you fancy something a little more extravagant and have a larger budget. It definitely has the posh and classy appeal about it here and there is indoor, and outdoor seating to choose from to experience the best sight of London town.

Radio rooftop

The bar isn't just a hub for cocktails, it also serves up a wide menu of fab food and is the perfect place to get that sunset view of the River Thames and many London attractions. The bar is located on the 10th floor of ME London.

London Cocktail Club 

Now, if you're into quirky and unique cocktails, this is the place to be. Inspired by retro tattoo parlours, the Cocktail Club has a darkened interior with a menu of the wackiest cocktails ever. There is certainly something for everyone at this bar, from the sweet-tooth drinkers to those with a more sour palette.

London Cocktail Club has many different bars located around the main hub of London and I've visited the Shaftesbury Avenue one. I loved how cool it was in there and that the drinks matched the unusual vibe about it.

The Cauldron 

Harry Potter fans, unite! The Cauldron Bar in London offers the perfect magical experience for those who want to put their wizard hat on for the day. It's not just a bar, but a location that offers many different experiences include potion making, wizard afternoon tea, wand making, and more. This bar adds the imaginary element to your weekend in London and makes for an entertaining time.

The Cauldron London

The Cauldron is located near Dalston in London and can be easily reached by the overground services.

The Ivy 

The Ivy is a renowned name that everyone needs to visit at least once. Although it's not just a bar, I thought I'd mention it in this list as to me, it's the perfect girly and classy venue for a weekend away. The Ivy is one of those establishments that has the special occasion appeal to it and I love that, plus it's a great spot for celebrities too.

The Ivy London

The Ivy offers an incredible menu for brunch, lunch, and dinner and also a huge range of different drinks from wines to cocktails making it a great starting point for your evening out. The Ivy has many different locations in London including one in West Street, which is right next to the West End.

Looking for somewhere to stay on your trip? Whether it's a hotel in Central or a Bnb with a great breakfast, there is a wide range of accommodation to choose from.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What other bars would you visit on your London trip?

Thank you for reading <3

84 comments

  1. Aw great post Della :) thanks for sharing, I think there are certain bars I love to go to when I'm with my friends x

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  2. I need a London day asaaap! I was only saying yesterday how much it is needed. I love the London Cocktail Club, it's soo kooky. I still need to try Tonight Josephine and Blame Gloria!

    Rosie

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    1. No way!! Yess the London Cocktail Club is so cool x

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  3. Awh such a great post lovely! I'll definitely keep these places in mind, I'd love to go to London for a night out soon! x

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  4. It has been almost 3 years since the last time I visited London and I have to say that I miss it! I haven't visited any of the bars you suggest so next time I am there I have to add them in my list. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Yay! I hope you get the chance to visit soon xx

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  5. These are great suggestions, Della - I love the alchemist! It's not quite a bar, but white horse in brixton is one of my fave places for a good vibe in London. They have DJs and food trucks outside, it's brill x

    mia // https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com/

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    1. Thank you! Oooh the White Horse sounds like my kind of vibe x

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  6. Great list! I have only been to The Alchemist and The Ivy before so I'm looking forward to checking out the others when I go down later this month :)

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  7. Yeah, London is a bar heaven. But i’m not a drinker. So bar is not really my thing. However, thank you for sharing.

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  8. I've never been to London but from what you mentioned, I really want give it a visit haha. I think it has a lot of fun things to do. So it will be hard to get bored

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  9. Great selection! I really want to visit The Cauldron haha, I am such a huge Potterhead! Thanks for sharing x

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  10. *starts planning a london trip in my mind* I like your pics and they all sound like great places to have fun. I'm not even that massive of a HP fan but the Cauldron just seems like somewhere I'd want to have a drink. Nice post x

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  11. I'd love to visit the roof top bar! We have an Ivy in York but I've never been.

    Corinne x

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  12. The cauldron sounds incredible! Definitely want to go there sometime, love the post x

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  13. Ruth| Ruthiee loves Glamour18 August 2021 at 02:07

    You've got a lot of bars here! I have never been to any one of these bars but they sound so fabulous! I'll love to visit all of them. The Ivy, cauldron and radio rooftop are first on my list. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. I turned 18 in lockdown last year and tomorrow I turn 19 but STILL haven't experiences bars or clubs. Thank you for sharing these ideas! I really need a girls night in London and there are so many fun and unique ones to go to. Thanks for sharing x

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  15. Goodness, it's been YEARS since I was in London but it's changed completely from my student days - I would have HAUNTED each and every one of these bars with my friends, they look fab! x

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  16. These sound like some great bars. I love that so many of them are themed.

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  17. Oh, how I miss going out and about in London! The only place I've been to on your list is The Ivy -- which was great fun (love the decor). When I finally get back to the UK, I will have to try out The Alchemist as there's something really great about a place with that name that mixes cocktails!

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  18. I've just added all of these to a list for the next time I'm up in London! I've heard about Flight Club before and it looks so cool!

    Katy | www.katystephenson.com

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  19. Hello! I've not been to London in years but I am saving this post for when I do visit. you look amazing in your pictures!! Love them girl! Alicia

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  20. There is a Tonight Joshephine in Birmingham but I was slightly disappointed with it! I deffo still want to try out the London ones as I have heard good things!

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  21. Wow looks like lots of great places to grab some friends and have a fun night! I love the pictures you've included and love the iconic neon sign quote! Thanks for sharing :)

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  22. These all look like so much fun! I am living my London dreams vicariously through you! Thank you for sharing!

    Nons Msheng - https://cherbelle.co/

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  23. I have been living here for the last six years and never visited some of them! I heard so many good things about Tonight Josephine, so need to plan a night out! Thanks for sharing x

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  24. I love these London bar recommendations Della, they all look so good! x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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  25. These bars look so fun! If I am ever in London I will check them out.

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  26. What a fun post! I’ve got a list of bars to visit now when I visit London! I love seeing the beautiful photos of you too Della! Thanks for sharing.

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  27. We wish we could go to London soon and check out these places!

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  28. A friend of mine was telling me about The Cauldron and I really want to go! Huge Harry Potter fan! I had a trip to London all booked for June 2020 but obviously that had to be postponed. Fingers crossed for next summer instead. The Alchemist and Radio Rooftop are now also on my list - thanks for the great ideas!

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    1. I hope you can visit London soon and go to all of these places x

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  29. I definitely need to visit the Cauldron it looks right up my street

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  30. I have a feeling I've been to Tonight Josephine, the photo rings a lot of bells in my otherwise terrible memory. I'd really like to check out one of the The Alchemist branches at some point, do any of them have outside spaces?

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    1. Radio Rooftop does and some of the Ivy branches do xx

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  31. OMG! I love this so much! I still haven't been to a bar but I really want to go to a funky one soon! Thanks for sharing and I'm glad you had a blast x

    Lynn | https://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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  32. Thanks for sharing these Della, they all sound so great! I'm heading to London in a few weeks so will definitely try and head to some!

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  33. I love London, I miss living overseas. Your photos look like you are having so much fun!

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  34. I don't drink alcohol but I absolutely love the sound of The Alchemist - do they use test tubes, vials, etc for shots? Sounds so quirky, I love it! ��

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    1. Yeah they do, it's so much fun! They may do mocktails, not 100% though xx

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  35. Oh my, can someone take me to THE CAULDRON? haha. Nice post. I have a friend residing in UK, Kingston Upon Thames to be specific. She must take me here one day. Haha. Thanks for sharing! <3

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  36. I'll definitely have to check some of these out when I visit London one day! Thanks for sharing all of your recommendations!

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  37. thank you for sharing these bars!! i needed some new recommendations ✨

    jessica | www.overdressedblogger.com

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  38. I got so distracted reading some of these places, that I was perusing their websites. Bottomless Brunches? Free cocktails? Have I been living under a rock? I would be in heaven at most of these places. I'd say I'd stick them all on my bucket list but I don't know how I'll ever get to them all lol! Love the sound of Tonight Josephine and Hello Gloria, and the Cauldron looks like so much fun! Great post!

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  39. I've been to Flight Club, it's so much fun! I don't even know how to play darts really, but I still had an amazing time.

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  40. I will be going to a hen weekend in London soon so this list of bars has come at the perfect time!

    Sarah | www.aspoonfulofvanilla.co.uk

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  41. Great post! Thank you for sharing these bars! The bars sound really good and I will definitely look out for them the next time I go to London!

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  42. I like how you've included a wide variety of places to visit, there's something for everyone! I would love to visit Radio Rooftop, we don't have many rooftop options in my city and it sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing!

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  43. It's been 18 months or so since I've been down to London... I think another visit should be on the cards! These look like great places to visit :)

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  44. Love this post, great recommendations - always on the look out for new places to go! - Lisa xx

    https://thelowwasteweekly.com

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