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With Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament nearby, Westminster’s bars and pubs are great places to overhear the latest political gossip or to take a much-needed rest while visiting London’s major attractions.
For those who haven’t had enough sightseeing, Rooftop St James offers a stellar view of the city over Trafalgar Square. In the summer months, visitors enjoy London’s late-night sunsets while dining on Asian fusion dishes. As the days shorten and temperatures drop, complimentary blankets and heaters will keep guests warm as they sip on speciality cocktails inspired by the iconic view. Whether topping up before a show at the Theatre Royal Haymarket or taking a moment to rest after strolling through The National Gallery, this rooftop bar is a great spot to savour the London skyline.
Included in The 2019 Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland, this book-lined establishment – a nod to the building’s history as the Westminster Library – offers incredible modern Indian food and bespoke drinks. Cocktails like the apricot and cardamon smash draw on chef Vivek Singh’s Indian heritage while also featuring ingredients sourced from small-batch producers throughout the UK, making a visit to The Cinnamon Club a distinctly London experience. While reservations are recommended for the dining room, bar patrons can stroll in after enjoying a tour at nearby Westminster Abbey.
Don’t be deterred by A. Wong’s reservation waiting list. Its Michelin-star dim sum can be enjoyed in the restaurant’s underground speakeasy, Forbidden City. Walk through the back of the restaurant’s dining room to find a hidden staircase adorned with cherry blossoms that leads to the 25-seat bar. Like the food at A. Wong, the drink selection at Forbidden City draws from regional Chinese cuisine and ingredients.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Jessica Buck.