A night out in the city can offer so many things; a quiet meal, a civilised drink in a sophisticated bar or a dance until the sun comes up in one of the many, many clubs.
Due to the sheer size of London, choosing somewhere to spend your night can be a very daunting task, but never fear, this guide is aimed to help you by whittling down the choices to a mere few around the area of The Montcalm Royal London House London City. This means that not only do you get top of the range, elegant accommodation, but also an eclectic mix of venues to enjoy your evenings.
This Victorian underground bar does not require you to bring a whistle nor does it require you to whistle for your drink, however, there are a sublime range of drinks and cocktails to wet your whistle. The makers of Purl, the glorious speakeasy bar in Marlyebone, bring you this wondrous cocktail bar that has the same attention to detail and amount of experimentation in every drink as those served at the speakeasy. There are an array of incredible drinks to choose from, including the Exploded Vodka Martini, as well as ones that will tingle all of your five senses. They also offer a wide range of gin, barrels of whisky, bottle and barrel aged drinks, all served by 1920’s style bartenders, so if you’re looking for an evening in the Roaring 20’s, then get yourself down to the Whistling Shop.
Queen of Hoxton
If you would like a dash of culture mixed in with your night out, then look no further than the Queen of Hoxton which is less than 5 mintues away from The Montcalm Royal London House London City hotel. Born in 2009, it regularly hosts a variety of installations, exhibitions, theatre productions and live music to suit everyones tastes. Its interior is richly decorated with ivy, graffiti and window etchings to give the place a distinctive youth club vibe and, to add to this vision, there is a games room that hosts classic games such as a pinball machine, table-football, vintage video games. The summer time sees the roof terrace opened to the public; it can hold 250 people and allows you to enjoy incredible views of the city, this place really has it all.
If you are looking for a cocktail bar with a twist, then look no further than Callooh Callay. Thought by many to be one of the best cocktail bars in the area, it offers an incredible list of drinks that are regularly being changed and updated. Some of the favourites include Coca Kola Crocodile which includes blue curacao, Kola tonic, bitters and chartreuse and it will transport you back to your childhood due to its likeness to Panda Pops. There is also the Electric Ladyland which includes fresh herbs, passionfruit vodka, raspberries and blackberries for a truly refreshing taste. Callooh Callay also has a secret bar for members’ only, which can be found behind a hidden doorway; it is free to join and it offers impeccable service in a very relaxed atmosphere.
Like in the prohibition era, the Proud Cabaret entertains you while you are dining on their quintessentially British menu such as Dover sole and the classic fish and chips. There is a mixture of burlesque, jazz, blues and cabaret being performed while you drink and feast, as well as a DJ and live bands performing on different nights of the week. The cocktail menu is mouthwatering, with delicious choices such as ‘Ginger Rogers’ which consists of pineapple, tequila and, of course, ginger, and an extensive list of wines to choose from to suit all purse strings. The staff embrace the 1920’s vibe with their attire which will make you feel like you have stepped back in time for one night only.
With striking views of St Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern and The Shard, and a wide variety of Japanese cuisine, Galadari is a new addition to London’s culinary scene. Situated on the 8th floor of the Crowne Plaza London – The City, it offers a Japanese kushiyaki grill with steak, seafood, barbecued meats and tapas; there is also a choice of smoke to complement your meats. No Japanese establishment would be complete without sake and sushi, but Galadari goes one step further and offers hand-rolled cigars to be enjoyed on the terrace surrounded by the splendour of the city.
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
If you are a literary connoisseur, then the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is the place to visit, with old patrons such as Samuel Johnson, Oliver Goldsmith and Charles Dickens as well as a wide range of journalists from past to present. Built in the 17th century, the tavern has a magnificent history with its vaulted cellars being part of a Monastery which dates back to the 13th century. It was rebuilt in 1667 after its predecessor was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666 and is exactly how you would imagine old-fashioned tavern’s to look with low ceilings, dark wooden interior and narrow stairways. There are a small collection of bars on the premises where a choice of beers from Samuel Smith’s brewery can be bought for a fair price and enjoyed in front of one of many open fireplaces. A random fact that must be known before entering this classic pub; the pub’s parrot was famous for mimicking guests of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese and, when it died, its death was announced in newspaper obituaries and broadcasted on the BBC and transmitted all over the world.