Located just 10 minutes from the West End, in Clerkenwell, this is my go-to spot for a great cocktail before heading out for dinner. You feel as if you’ve stepped into a Victorian hunting lodge designed by someone with an off-beat sense of humor. There’s a hotel here as well; just a 5-min. walk from the Farringdon train station or Barbican Tube stop.
49-50 St John’s Square, London EC1V 4JJ; 020 7324 4545