Bloomsbury & Holborn’s top places for after work drinks

18th October 2022 | 3 min read

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At the heart of central London Bloomsbury & Holborn is host to a swathe of beautiful and characterful bars waiting to be discovered. However, once you start looking for that perfect place for after work drinks it can become difficult to narrow down your options. So, to help you with this we’ve put together our top picks in which to enjoy a drink at the end of the day. We think these spots are perfect for relaxing and unwinding in with colleagues or for those all-important client drinks when you need to impress.


Partake in the Italian ritual of aperitivo at Americano at Victoria House

Located in the grand hotel-style lobby of Victoria House, where LABS operates 70,000 sq ft of workspace, is where you’ll find Americano.

Offering artisanal coffee and a refined, all-day Italian food menu, it is as day transitions to evening that Americano at Victoria House delivers its sophisticated aperitif cocktails, including Aperol Spritz and Negroni, alongside a curated wine and beer list, which can be enjoyed in the comfortable and welcoming surroundings of LABS.

Free your artistic side withing The London Art Bar

With the aim of freeing art from the classroom the proprietors behind The London Art Bar have delivered an interesting space to visit for a drink. You can pop in and muse over the creative surroundings with a cocktail or two or join one of the themed events where you can indulge your artistic side with glass of wine in one hand and a brush or pencil in the other.

Wine and dine at Noble Rot

If wine is your dink of choice, then this well-known French-inspired wine bar and restaurant in a townhouse on Bloomsbury’s Lamb’s Conduit Street is definitely not one to miss.

Noble Rot’s comprehensive wine list includes some harder to find bottles, while its Franglais bistro-style food menu is overseen by head chef Tom Upex and consultant chef Stephen Harris from Whitstable’s Michelin-starred The Sportsman.

Experiment with gin cocktails to find your favourite mix of flavours at Café Botanical

An array of flavoursome gins and delicate tonics adorn the bar of Café Botanical alongside fragrant herbs and fruits within LABS Hogarth House on High Holborn, paying homage to what is one of the UK’s favourite drinks

If you’re not sure what to try, ask the bartender who can create the perfect, refreshing gin cocktail to suit your palette, which can then be enjoyed in the elegant and lively surroundings, whether you want to sink into a plush chair or sofa or perch at the bar.

Indulge your personality in Scarfes Bar

Named for the British artist and caricaturist Gerald Scarfe, whose work adorns its marble walls, this plush drawing room-inspired bar inside the grand façade of the Rosewood Hotel delivers a convivial atmosphere in which to enjoy its unique cocktail list.

Based on the Enneagram personality test the cocktail list consists of 18 drinks covering the nine types found on the distinctive Enneagram symbol, so you can make sure you pick the right drink to compliment your personality. There’s also a wide range of whiskey’s available and bar snacks to pick from.

For intimate surroundings head to WC Bloomsbury

Based in a 120-year-old Grade II listed former Victorian water closet, WC Bloomsbury is accessed via a flight of stairs on a traffic island on Lambs Conduit Street.

The subterranean space has been restored to deliver an escape from the world above retaining the original wood stalls to act as booths and some authentic porcelain pieces upholstered for additional seating, whilst as much of the original tiles and granite and marble floors have been preserved.

Enjoy its considered wine, fizz and cocktail lists are complemented by a menu of sharing boards and small plates to choose from covering all requirements