Drinking is a national pastime in Britain, and the pub is often the centre of a Londoner's social life. Therefore, bars are a great place to people watch and soak in the feel of London after work, and there is never a shortage to go to, no matter the neighbourhood. However, there are many different kinds of pubs to choose from, depending on one's mood. Those travellers looking to connect with others on a more intimate level may want to go to a bar more tailored for the singles crowd. Luckily, there are many choose from in London, but be sure to dress up for the occasion.
Bloomsbury is one of the most well known districts of London, made famous by the Bloomsbury Group, a cabal of groundbreaking authors like Virginia Woolf. However, visitors to this part of town that want to meet other literature lovers should head over to Sosho bar. It serves food as well as drinks and also has a comedy club. However, Thursday through Sunday are club nights, when glamorous patrons are on the prowl. The bar also has private rooms for hire, and often hosts parties for companies and magazines.
Sosho Bar 2A Tabernacle St London EC2A 4LU, United Kingdom +44 020 7920 0701 sosholondon.com
As the name suggests, Bar Asia in Kensington is an Asian-themed establishment, with food from all over the continent, but it specialises in cuisine from Northern India. The exotic cocktails, prepared with fresh Asian fruits, are popular, but not overly priced for those who are buying drinks for others. There are more than 100 kinds of liquor and spirits on tap at Bar Asia. Atmospheric light and plenty of nooks and crannies make it easy to get to know someone better. Again, the dress code is smart casual, so tourist shouldn't come in the same gear they wore to sight-see all day.
Bar Asia 166 Old Brompton Road London SW5 0BA, United Kingdom +44 020 7373 2626 barasia.co.uk
The LVPO Bar, near Piccadilly Circus, is popular with the after work crowd, and it is easy to see why. A easy, laid back atmosphere and spacious interior make it easy to mingle between groups and hold a conversation one-on-one. It has many cocktail creations to choose from, and candles and working fireplaces help patrons relax and set a comfortable atmosphere. But it also has a license to serve alcohol later than many other bars, making it a great late-night retreat.
The LVPO Bar 50 Dean Street London W1D 5, United Kingdom +44 020 8904 1396 lvpo.co.uk