“Bourne & Hollingsworth –’a chintzy single room bar hidden down a flight of steps on Rathbone Place’ – topped the list from editorial assistant Madévi Dailly; it’s also a mere seven-minute stroll from Hazlitt’s. Madévi also recommended Callooh Callay (above), where you leave the first bar via a wardrobe to find the secret second bar, and the Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop, which is ‘not quite a cocktail bar but a pop-up teepee on the that does brilliant hot, boozy drinks’.
“As for me, I’m quite partial to Reverend J W Simpson, near The Soho Hotel (although its creaky stairs and peeling wallpaper unnerve PR manager Elizabeth Rhodes). My favourite from the menu is the Port Berry Stinger which is sweet, velvety and decadently delicious (but admittedly does look slightly like fizzy blood). My absolute best London bar, though – the one where I always take visiting out-of-towners I want to delight – is the Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell (above), which has all the top-notch cocktails and bizarre taxidermy you need for a successful night out. Plus, it’s a hotel, too, so technically you don’t ever need to go home.”
— Read the rest on the Smith Travel Blog: Crowdsauced: London’s best bars