London's 9 Best Happy Hours For Summer

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Georgina Wilson-Powell

Ah the humble happy hour, oh how we love you so. Now summer is here it’s even more tempting to slip straight from work into a bar, and sip a pint or two in the sun. We love the following places for their money saving missions.

1. Cafe Kick

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Spanish

Cafe Kick, London
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One of the stalwarts of Exmouth Market, Cafe Kick offers cocktails for a fiver every day of the week between 4pm-7pm. If you’re looking for a cheap beer after work, they start at £2.50 here and there’s tapas on hand to soak up the afternoon booze.

2. Dirty Bones

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Central American

Top Dog Cocktail Courtesy of Dirty Bones

Kicking around in Soho early evening? You could do worse than find your way to Dirty Bones which lowers its cocktails prices to £5 between 5 and 7pm. The cocktails are canine themed (obviously) and we have a soft spot for the Deputy Dog (tequila, blood orange, mint, lime, Ting). If cocktails aren’t your thing then you can do 2-for-1 on beers.

3. London Cocktail Club

Cocktail Bar, Fast Food

London Cocktail Club, Great Portland Street
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You’re never that far from a London Cocktail Club which is good considering that between 4pm and 7pm, they offer two cocktails for £12 in their central London locations, and from 5pm to 8pm in their east London bars. They have seven venues across London, an enormous cocktail list and it’s always a party when you step in.

4. Rum Kitchen

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Bar, Caribbean

Rum Kitchen Notting Hill
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Over in Notting Hill and Brixton, Caribbean themed Rum Kitchen gets the party started early, every day of the week between 6-7pm or 6-8pm (depending on which branch you’re in). Cocktails are £5 during happy hour and we suggest sipping on a Rumbustion (their spin on a Pina Colada), before deciding where the night might take you.

5. Camino

Cocktail Bar, Spanish

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The after work crowd on the South Bank tend to head over to Camino and there’s little surprise as to why. This lofty Spanish style bar has a courtyard, a downstairs Cava bar and more importantly, all draught beers, cocktails and wines are 2-for-1 on Monday to Friday between 4pm-6pm. Now that’s worth knocking off early for.

6. Boho Camden

Gastropub, Bar, Italian

Boho, Inverness Street
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Escape the crowds in Camden by making use of Boho‘s happy hour which sees you get two cocktails for £9 (between 4pm and 7pm). Even better the happy hour runs all day on Sundays! It’s a real hot spot, so get there in good time to get a table. They also do two for one on pizzas every Tuesday.

7. Las Iguanas

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Mexican

Las Iguanas
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This Latin American chain has branches all over London including Spitalfields and the South Bank. So what? But hang on, it’s happy hour all day every day in Las Iguanas. So that’s a choice of 25 cocktails where you buy one and you get one free. There’s also two for one burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas and fajitas all day every Tuesday.

8. Bar Story

Cocktail Bar, Bar, Cocktails

Bar Story, beneath the arches of Peckham Rye station on Blenhiem Grove
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Pop to Peckham after work and find Bar Story – a hidden cocktail bar which serves up two cocktails for the tiny sum of £7; Monday to Saturday, between 6pm and 7 pm. Once you’ve got a table, we advise ordering a few rounds in before 7pm comes around it, it’s a super busy spot.

9. Simmons Mornington Crescent

Cocktail Bar, European

Simmons Bar | Mornington Crescent, London
Mornington Crescent, London | © Simon Bleasdale / Flickr

Kooky cocktail bar chain, Simmons Mornington Crescent – retro furniture, VHS machines and Super Nintendo games – has one of the best happy hours we’ve seen. It’s five hours long for a start. Pop down to either their King’s Cross or Camden bars and get happy. From 4pm until 9pm Sunday-Friday and grab a glass or wine or a spirit and a mixer for £2.50 or two cocktails for a tenner. Wicked.

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