The spectacular glass box of the Rumpus Room, Mondrian London’s rooftop bar and lounge, affords incredible London views and harks back to the heady days of the Bright Young Things when hedonism reigned. Specialising in Champagne and exclusive cocktails, playtime is still very much alive and well.


Created by Ryan Chetiyawardana, AKA Mr Lyan, the award-winning bar impresario, Mondrian London’s Thames-side bar serves innovative and classic cocktails that are inspired by botanicals from across the world, with exotic flavours to be savoured surrounded by Tom Dixon’s fabulous styling.


Low key but ever-popular, the Polish themed Baltic offers not just a highly regarded restaurant, but private dining rooms for more select gatherings, and a lively little bar that specialises in vodka – from standards such as Grey Goose to luxury brands such as Chopin.


Located on level 31, Aqua Shard’s contemporary British menu is excellent and its private dining rooms offer dinner parties to impress. But it’s the breath-taking three-storey high bar that creates the memories, particularly with its two signature cocktail collections: one inspired by gin, the other by – what else – tea.


Bassoon at the Corinthia Hotel brings just the right amount of mischief to an elegant night out, with its bespoke cocktails and luxury Champagne served in replicas of Queen Victoria’s glassware, from the 7m long bar. It’s the nightly live music that really turns drinks into a night out.


Circus brings the thrill of cabaret performance to a restaurant that features a Pan-Asian menu and a banquet table that doubles as a catwalk. The bar is a weekend destination with great DJs and while it’s easy to be distracted as a girl spins in a hoop above your head, the cocktails are worth the focus.