London Art and Cocktail Crawl: Top 5 Art Galleries and Cocktail Bars

London Art and Cocktail Crawl: Top 5 Art Galleries and Cocktail Bars


If you’re a lover of cocktails and art, then you shouldn’t have to choose between the two. Combine your favourite hobbies into one eventful visit to some of London’s best art galleries and cocktail bars.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? We won’t send you off into the big city without knowing where to go, which is why we’ve found the best art galleries for you to spend the day, and closest cocktails bars to spend the night. This is the ultimate London Art and Cocktail crawl. We’ll even give you a map to follow. Happy trails.

Saatchi Gallery and Barts

Barts Bar and Saatchi Gallery in London

Saatchi Gallery shows work by young and unestablished artists who have yet to be noticed for their artistic talents.

Because Saatchi introduces the general public and art experts to their work, their careers often launch from this very building.

There are always plenty of events held here, so you can embrace the artistic culture and learn something new from Chanel to print gallery work – whatever it is, you’re sure to see a new spin on art.

Located on Sloanne Square, it’s only an eight minute walk away from Barts – a quirky late night speak-easy style bar. There’s always a cool crowd at Barts with people dressed in fancy costumes and original cocktails to fit any time of the yea.

How to get there?

The gallery is 3-4 minutes walk from Sloane Square Underground (District and Circle lines) and 10-12 minutes’ walk from Victoria (Victoria, District & Circle lines).

Barts, 87 Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DW, http://barts-london.com/.

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National Gallery and Graphic Bar

The National Gallery has over 2,300 paintings from altarpieces to the Impressionists and encourages its visitors to study and understand the paintings.

Every day there are free talks and tours to reach out to people of all ages and interests. Be assured that you’ll be inspired, relaxed, or get the chance to be creative and learn about art.

And after you’re done, stick around in Golden Square to visit London’s fresh and stylish Graphic bar – just a 10 minute walk away. Here, you’ll be surrounded by inspirational artists including Ben Allen, Jim Sharp, Ben Eine and Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger.

Graphic Bar, London

How to get there?

From the Leicester Square tube, jump on the Northern and Piccadilly line, and it’s just around 200 metres away.

Graphic Bar, 4 Golden Square, W1F 9HT, http://www.graphicbar.com/.

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Tate Modern and Southwark Rooms

Tate Modern has a wide collection of art that’s over 500 years old, and they now show work from 70,000 artists.

Their gallery is packed with international and modern work, exhibitions and events for a great day out. No matter if you’re looking for performances, music, lectures, workshops and films… there’s something for everyone.

Less than half a mile away is Southwark Rooms – fitted with a new cocktail lounge for big or small events. Southwark Rooms offer vibrant cocktails in many different flavours as well as a chilled out environment – perfect after a day of looking around a museum (or two).

Southwark Rooms London

How to get there?

Take the Jubilee line to Southwark.

Southwark Rooms, 60 Southwark Street, SE1 1UN, http://southwarkrooms.com/.

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The Barbican Centre and Neo Bar

The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre that hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions. So there’s sure to be something happening that’ll tick all the boxes for you.

Similarly, nearby, there is always something happening at Neo – a bar just five minutes away. Here you can chill, relax and educate yourself. It’s a bar that’s set in a basement with slate walls and great food, so it offers something very different than you’ve probably seen before.

Neo Barbican Bar LondonHow to get there?

The nearest train stations are Liverpool Street and Farringdon and just a short walking distance from Barbican tube.

Neo Barbican, 14-17 Carthusian Street, EC1M 6AD, http://www.neobarbican.com/.

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Whitechapel Gallery and Hawksmoor

Whitechapel Gallery has a world of history in its artwork and its intentions are to satisfy everyone from all walks of life.

Their work features many famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Paul Noble, Thomas Struth, Sarah Lucas and Mark Wallinger.

Just half a mile away, you can visit Hawksmoor Spitalfields for an alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktail. The Hawksmoor restaurants are famous for their steaks and homely feel. A great way to end the day.

Hawksmoor London

How to get there?

Hawksmoor Spitalfields, Air Street, W1J 0AD, http://thehawksmoor.com/locations/spitalfields/.

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Did you prefer the art of the cocktail trail?

We highly doubt that you’ll have managed the full trail of 5 art galleries and 5 cocktail bars in one day, but if you have, hopefully your head will be full of inspiration from the art that you’ve seen. You’ll have tasted some amazing drinks along the way too, and enjoyed the ambiance of some of London’s greatest cocktail bars.

London Art and Cocktail Trail