There are so many areas to go out in London, that it would be impossible to simply list the best bars in London.
Different areas appeal to different people, and obviously it all depends on what you’re looking for in a night out. One of my favourite areas to go out in when I’m in the capital is Chelsea. Home to several sophisticated cocktail bars, it’s one of the few areas where you can get dressed up without anyone batting an eyelid.
If it’s classy cocktails bars you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Here are my best bars in Chelsea.
Where? 354 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UZ
Where best to start the list than on the iconic Kings Road? Probably the most well-known street in all of Chelsea, you should definitely head here on a night out.
Beaufort House is a restaurant and bar, and there’s also a private-members only area on the top floor.
I definitely rate the food at Beaufort House, but I have to say, the drinks are even better! I had a chicken burger on a toasted bun, before opting for the chocolate mousse and coconut cake for dessert. It was very nicely presented and delicious!
For drinking, I chose the Honey Berry Sour. To be honest, it was difficult choosing which cocktail to go for, as they all sounded so nice!
Made up of Krupnik (yay!), strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and lemon juice, the Honey Berry Sour tasted more like a smoothie than an alcoholic drink, which made me feel good! I would definitely recommend, especially as there’s Krupnik involved.
When I was at Beaufort House, it did seem to attract quite a posh crowd – you do feel like you’re on the set of Made in Chelsea. The atmosphere is nice, and although I probably wouldn’t head here at the end of the night, I think it’s a great place to start – especially if it’s food you’re after.
Where? 333 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW10 9QL
Goat is probably my favourite place in Chelsea for drinks. Located on Fulham Road, it’s literally a five minute walk from Beaufort House (Kings Road and Fulham Road are adjacent and they’re quick and easy to walk between).
Walk past the restaurant on the ground floor and head up the stairs. Here, you’ll come across a prohibition-era style bar, complete with bottle green walls and dark leather furnishings. The only thing missing is some slightly dubious taxidermy (it seems to be commonplace in many other similar style bars).
I found the staff to be really friendly here, and I lucked out on the music too – when we visited, it was nothing but nineties tunes all night.
Much like Beaufort House, I really struggled to pick a cocktail, because they all sounded delicious. In the end, it took all my will power to not order the Aviation, and instead ordered a basil-flavoured cocktail. Definitely one to try if you prefer your drinks savoury!
I really liked it at Goat, and would go as far to say that this is one of the best bars in Chelsea!
Where? 138 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9PY
Kosmopol is just across the road from Goat, so it’s a great place to carry on your night. This Swedish-style bar may be tiny, but it’s certainly worth a visit.
I’ve been a couple of times now, and when I say it’s tiny, I really mean it. It’s bad enough trying to find a table on the weeknight, but come the weekend you’ll need to elbow your way to the bar. But being that popular means you know it’s going to be good!
I can definitely recommend the Very Berry, with vodka, raspberry liqueur and fresh berries.
The vibe here is much more casual than most other places in Chelsea, and it seems like the kind of place where people would get there early to spend the whole night.
The music is loud, and if you’re lucky you may get to hear Albatraoz (a Swedish classic)… although unfortunately I’ve yet to hear Måns Zelmerlӧw being played… maybe next time!
I think Kosmopol is one of the best bars in Chelsea, and is definitely worth a visit next time you’re in the area.
Best bars in Chelsea
These have to be my best bars in Chelsea so far, although I’m definitely up for exploring more if you have any recommendations!
A night out in Chelsea – despite being possibly the most poshest place in London – wasn’t as expensive as I thought it was going to be. Cocktails cost around £10, but you’ll need to remember that you’ll end up paying more in service charges. At around 12.5%, this is standard for London. Whilst I begrudge paying tips unless service is impeccable, I have to say that everywhere I went in Chelsea, the staff were really helpful and certainly earned their service charge.
On my most recent night out in Chelsea, taxis to and from my hotel, dinner and cocktails cost £80 in total. More expensive than a typical night out, but considering the fact that I was in one of the richest areas in London, I don’t think it’s that bad! I won’t be going out there every weekend though.
You should definitely check out my best bars in Chelsea. Let me know what you think!