venues with the Wow-Factor!

In our continued search to bring you the best bits of London we've cranked the dial up to 11.

In our continued search to bring you the best bits of London we've cranked the dial up to 11 for this list...

We endeavour to introduce you to the kind of bars which will have your eyes on stalks the moment you walk in. OK, so for seasoned, jaded Londoners who've seen it all this is quite a challenge... "So I'm greeted by a line of underwear models, seated on a spinning merry-go-round in the middle of the bar and served dry ice cocktails by trained dogs riding skateboards... whatevs." But we're gonna to give it a good go...

So whether you are a visitor to London or a long-time London partier - take a look at our venues with the wow factor.




Wilton Music Hall
1 Graces Alley, London

AIL Says: Wilton’s is an All In London favourite, in fact it was once named our Venue of the Month on the basis of its wow factor. The old music hall is all about the preservation of the site’s heritage. Exposed brickwork, intimate tumbledown spaces and the very accommodating Mahogany Bar are all part of its charm.

  • VENUE
  • EMAIL
  • EVENTS
  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
  • USERS 10/10
Icebar by Icehotel
31 - 33 Heddon Street W1B 4BL
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in an igloo? No, neither have we but one trip to the Ice Bar and you’ll get some semblance of it anyway. It turns out a lot of people like the idea of a bar largely constructed from ice and why wouldn’t they. If you want an easy wow, why go for anything less than this icy goodness? And the vodka is extra special.

  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
  • USERS 9/10
LoungeLover
1 Whitby Street E2 7DP
Region: Shoreditch
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Lounge Lover presents something different for the senses at every turn and whether it’s a two metre-high ceramic vase or a table within a cage, it works. The dazzling Shoreditch cocktail bar attached to the restaurant La Trois Garcons backs up its aesthetics with great drinks too. Looks and personality, it really is the whole package.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
The Paramount Bar
101 - 103 New Oxford Street WC1A 1DD

Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road

AIL Says: It isn’t the interior of the Paramount Bar that gives the place its wow factor - that would be the view from level 32 of Centre Point where the bar resides. Dim lighting sets off the stunning views of London by night and with a Paramount Bar cocktail in hand even those who have seen a thing or two will struggle to contain their awe.

    Ruby's Basement Bar
    76 Stoke Newington Road N16 7XB
    Region: Dalston
    Nearest Station: Dalston Kingsland (0.3 miles)

    AIL Says: Between the rooftop sky bars and ancient music halls there is the wow of the subterranean cocktail bar to be found. Since opening up in 2012, Ruby’s has become a go-to choice for anyone looking for that extra something special. Not showy but classy. Not flashy but an instant classic. From the vintage milk bottles containing its signature Blackberry Mojitos to the largely untouched interior, it’s a gem lying beneath the streets of Dalston.

    • OUR REVIEW 9/10
    Sketch Lecture Room & Library
    9 Conduit Street W1S 2XG
    Region: Mayfair
    Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles)

    AIL Says: The Parlour at Sketch turns into a cocktail bar from 6pm till 2am, although it’s members-only after 9pm. So head in early and soak up the visual spectacular. Eccentric, decadent and refined. And once you’re politely asked to leave the Parlour, you can stroll the short distance to the Glade where evening cocktails are served until 2am. Trust us, you won’t be leaving Sketch without giving a wow.

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    • 8/100
    • USERS 9/10
    The Roof Gardens
    99 Kensington High Street W8 5SA
    Region: Kensington
    Nearest Station: High Street Kensington

    AIL Says: Kensington might not be the most obvious destination for an evening of openmouthed wowing but that doesn’t take into account what’s going on at the Roof Gardens. Loose flamingoes, ponds, tropical gardens and a club on the top floor make it one of West London’s most extravagant venues.

    • USERS 10/10
    Callooh Callay
    65 Rivington Street EC2A 3AY
    Region: The City
    Nearest Station: Bethnal Green (0.1 miles)

    AIL Says: Part members club, part cocktail bar, the Jub Jub is the secret venue accessible only through the Shoreditch cocktail bar Callooh Callay. Boasting guest barmen who bring with them their own temporary menus, there’s a wow to be had from the drinks alone. But that’s not all. The process of getting in is just as much a part of the experience. Email Marie, tell her why you want in and wait to hear back about an appointment. It’ll be worth it in the end…

    • USERS 8/10
    The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
    12-16 Artillery Lane E1 7LS
    Region: Spitalfields
    Nearest Station: Liverpool Street (0.1 miles)

    AIL Says: So the speakeasy may not be the hot new ticket in town anymore but at The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town you’ll still find a place that you can still show off about. It’s all about the secret entrance that leads into the basement cocktail bar. On first glance the place is merely an all-day Breakfast Club diner, but look again…

    • OUR REVIEW 8/10
    Worlds End
    174 Camden High Street NW1 0NE
    Region: Camden
    Nearest Station: Camden Town

    AIL Says: It may not have secret doorways, snappy cocktail lists or Venezuelan streetfood to make you go wow but it is among the biggest pubs in Europe. Size matters and in a pub where getting lost is a mere formality you just have to applaud the drinking space on offer at Camden pub The World’s End.

    • AMERICAN
    • OUR REVIEW 8/10


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