Westminster, one of the most popular boroughs in London, is well known for being home to iconic tourist attractions, as well as a number of trendy bars, restaurants and cafés. Here are the top places to grab a drink in the area.
Located in the iconic Millbank Tower in the heart of Westminster, The London Sky Bar offers captivating views across the city from the tallest riverside building in London. This exclusive and luxurious 29th-floor venue enables guests to experience fine dining, or just enjoy their drinks whilst marvelling at incredible 360° panoramic views of the capital. Only open on selected Friday and Saturday nights, reservations are essential and it is recommended that visitors book well in advance. Events such as silent discos, comedy evenings, Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve packages are on offer throughout the year.
With over 150 years of history, and located in the centre of Westminster, this Grade II listed pub was a survivor of the Blitz and is best known for its striking Victorian interior as well as being named after Queen Victoria’s husband. Just a short walk away from the Houses of Parliament, and now a Taylor Walker pub, The Albert is the only building that remains from the original Victoria Street development of 1862. With traditional pub food being served daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and real artefacts and memorabilia on display, The Albert offers plenty of Victorian character and is popular with workers, families and tourists alike.
Situated on Horseferry Road, just a ten minutes’ walk away from Big Ben, this contemporary bar and kitchen offers an eclectic range of drinks for the discerning tourist, local or businessperson. With separate menus for spirits, cocktails, beers and wines, there’s something on offer to suit every palate. The elegant brasserie-style dining room is a great place for visitors to enjoy Sunday lunches, light bites throughout the week, and even delicious desserts all made with locally sourced fresh ingredients.
Located a short walk from Parliament Square and nestled in the business sector of St James, the Zander Bar is part of the elegant Bank Westminster restaurant. With its impressive bar and modern décor, the establishment has a luxurious feel and offers the perfect place for visitors to relax and enjoy top quality drinks. The bar offers an excellent cocktail menu. Happy hour between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays are always popular with after-work business crowd.
Located on the first floor of the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel,Primo Bar is a luxury establishment open both to hotel residents and members of the public. With live music every night of the week, and two-for-one cocktails between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, the venue is hugely popular with business people looking to relax after work, and enjoy a drink in elegant surroundings. Guests are treated to a wide range of drinks from the menu, from vodka and champagne to martinis and cocktails, all of which are served by talented mixologists using fresh ingredients. Primo Bar’s events are led by their fantastic Executive Host, Didier Agueh, who compiles a monthly diary with a whole range of events from jazz and soul nights to tribute and new music acts.