The Best Bars in West London
London’s Best Bars According to the London Lifestyle Awards
We’re chuffed to announce that Pall Mall Barbers is in this year’s running for the London Lifestyle Awards Hair Salon of the year! We’re in good company – the list features some of the capitol’s best bars, restaurants and cultural attractions. You can check out the shortlist and cast your vote here until October 14th. In the meantime, here’s our take on the nominees for the best bar award, looking at the best bars in West London.
1 Wood Lane, W12
Nearest Tube: Shepherds Bush
Shepherds Bush is a far cry from Albert Square, but this West London wine bar is where EastEnders creators Tony Holland and Julia Smith cooked up the long-running soap’s first scripts over glasses of Merlot. Albertine is now run by chef and Leon founder Allegra McEvedy, the bar boasts a 150-strong wine list and a bright, airy upstairs dining room serving up a seasonal menu of British and European favourites. You can even pick up your favourite bottle to take home if you can’t wait to get the latest gossip from The Queen Vic.
87 Sloane Avenue, SW3
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
For all the would-be gangsters, smugglers and mob bosses who missed out on the Roaring Twenties, there’s Bart’s – if you can find it, that is. The speakeasy themed bar lists its location as “somewhere on Sloane Avenue” (hint: the address is just above) and you won’t get in without a password (sorry, no idea). If you do make it past the door, you’ll find the drinks menu concealed within the pages of a comic book illustrating the legend of “Uncle Bart – the shadowy bootlegger who lends his name to the joint. At £12 for a whiskey sour it’s a bit pricey, but rumour has it these drinks are pretty stiff.
Beaufort House Chelsea
Kings Road, SW3
Nearest Tube: Sloane Square
Beaufort House is something of a Chelsea institution. The dove-grey restaurant and bar sprawls across an entire corner of the Kings Road, playing host to well-heeled residents of SW3 from breakfast until the wee hours of the morning. The brasserie serves up an all-day menu of European classics, or you can head upstairs to the plush Champagne Bar after the sun goes down. There’s a curiously wide selection of smoothies and quinoa-based concoctions on the menu – but it all makes more sense once you realise there’s a branch of TriYoga next door.
Evans & Peel
310c Earls Court Road, SW5
Nearest Tube: Earls Court
Evans & Peel Detective Agency (to give it its proper name) doesn’t take bookings – instead, you are asked to make an “appointment” with details of your “case”, which you’ll be quizzed on when you arrive. Once you pass muster at the door, you’ll be ushered through a bookcase and into an intimate, candlelit bar. The 1920’s speakeasy theme extends to the menu of classic cocktails, and the venue regularly hosts burlesque and jazz evenings. There’s also an Evans & Peel Pharmacy in Chiswick if you don’t mind stating your “medical condition”.
What do you make of the lineup of the best bars in West London? Are your favourites missing? Don’t forget to cast your vote here for your favourite bar and of course, your favourite barber!
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