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Written by Luke Bull

October 15, 2022


The best bars to visit in Embankment


Embankment is known for its sites. Whether it be the Battle of Britain Monument or the Houses of Parliament, there is always something to see. Believe it, or not, Embankment has other great sites to offer besides something historical or political, and they are its bars.



Just remember, Embankment is much larger than you think. It is a long stretch down the river, starting at Westminster Bridge and finishing at Blackfriars Bridge, and that only means one thing - a lot of places to drink at.



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1. Embankment's oldest wine bar: Gordon's Wine Bar

Embankment, London

Straight from the 1890s, London's oldest wine bar is located deep in a candlelit cellar surrounded by ever-ageing barrels of port and sherry. Gordon’s is a bar to reckon with near Embankment.


Tucked away at 47 Villiers St, Gordon's rustic and intimate setting is an ideal evening getaway. When aren’t we seeking a cosy spot to nestle into with a drink in our hand? Complimenting the variety of wines on offer are well-chosen food pairings, whether it be a charcuterie or cheese board.


Gordon's does not cater to private hirings, but you can count on a tailor-made experience. From ordering wine before booking to appreciating 132 years of Gordon's family history, a unique time is guaranteed.



2. A bar near Embankment with a view: Radio Rooftop

Embankment, London

The combination of picturesque views of London's skyline and Radio Rooftops' signature Crown and Glory cocktail, is the leading draw of Embankment. Just come to the Radio Rooftop bar in the heart of Embankment and see for yourself.


At 336-337 Strand, just a small walk from Covent Garden Station, Radio Rooftop is a 10th-floor bar that welcomes you with modern-glamour decor.


For a true taste of luxury, order lobster sliders and one of their floral gin-based drink, It’ll set you back a bit but it is just about worth it.



3. A bar on Embankment's waterway: The Pier Bar and Lounge

Embankment, London

London's newest waterfront bar is situated on the river at Embankment Pier, where the sprawl of London will open out before you.


The contemporary interior, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and sleek chrome lighting ensures nothing is left unnoticed.


There is a wide selection of premium gins, world whiskies and signature cocktails to enjoy from a different perspective, as you overlook the waterfront of the river Thames.


With plenty of space, there is the option to privately hire up to 200 people. The Pier Bar will accommodate any occasion, as they have a team of people who are there to work with you and your requirements.



4. A bar in Embankment that likes to dance: Salsa Temple

Embankment, London

Just a short walk from Temple Station, In the heart of Embankment, Salsa Temple is an eccentric bar full of character.


With vibrant colours and lights, drawing on Latino influences, Salsa Temple is full of life. From Tapas food to Tropic Like it’s Hot Cocktails, this venue is suitable for those who like to party.


If you’re looking to host something of your own in a more private space, you have plenty of choices. The Arena has 13 booths, a VIP room that overlooks the main dance floor, and a bar. There is the option of the Rum Room too if you are looking for a slightly smaller and more intimate room.



5. An underground bar in Embankment: Baranis Bar

Embankment, London

Head over to Chancery Lane and look down because right beneath your feet is where you will be, as Baranis is a french basement bar and games den in the heart of Embankment.


Industrial yet playful, Baranis’ riviera-inspired cocktail bar is surrounded by bright yellow pillars and exposed brickwork. Not to mention, it has the UK’s only indoor pétanque court, which is available to hire for any sort of event.


However, If you just want to have a drink in style, you can do that too. A Baranis signature, the Mauresque 1840s cocktail and a charcuterie board will be more than enough. Either way, there is plenty of options to choose from.



6. Embankment's staple British bar: The Old Shades

Embankment, London

Since its beginning in 1898, The Old Shades near Embankment is a quintessentially British pub and is a staple; whether it be for a drink at the bar or a Sunday lunch.


It draws on traditional rustic pub decor with characterful infusions of colour. The bar has vibrant ceramic tiles and marble surfaces to enjoy a drink at. So whether it be ales, wines and cocktails or a leg of lamb to feast on, a warm and cosy pub experience is provided for.


If you want a more private and personal experience, hirings are also available for up to 100 people.



7. A historical bar in Embankment: Churchills bar event room

Embankment, London

If modern goth is your thing, then Churchills bar event room near Embankment is the place to be. Just head to Embankment Station, and round the corner is 8 Walsall St.


It might be of interest to know that this venue was a former National Liberal Club where Prime Ministers like Churchill spent some of their time. So besides the modern gothic feng shui, this venue provides remarkable history.


With a variety of new and old-world wines and award-winning dining, this venue is suitable for private hirings for up to 110 people. With plenty of space, any occasion will be provided for.



8. A buzzing bar in Embankment: All Bar One

Embankment, London

If you want the cocktails to speak for themselves, then they will. Just head on over to All Bar One Charing Cross near Embankment.


With contemporary furniture, high ceilings and exposed brickwork All Bar One provide a buzzing atmosphere to have a drink. The simple things are done well, whether it be their signature porn star martini or the beef brisket burger.


There is no option to privately hire a space, so If you are looking for a slightly more casual bar to have a drink at, this is the place.



9. A glamorous bar in Embankment: Beaufort Bar

Embankment, London

If black and gold decor with a glass of bubbles in your hand is your kind of glamour and luxury, head on over to the Beaufort Bar in the Savoy Hotel near Embankment.


You will have a stylish stay with dishes that showcase global and national-inspired cuisine, a wide range of champagnes and cocktails, as well as the DJ’s sultry tunes on Saturday evenings.


Your experience can also be made your own, as private hirings are available with plenty of choices of spaces.



10. Embankment's most iconic bar: The American Bar

Embankment, London

The American Bar in the Savoy Hotel near Embankment is known to be one of the greats when making cocktails.


The longest-surviving cocktail bar in London and one of the most renowned in the world, The American Bar has been open since 1893.


Its contemporary interior, featuring slick surfaces and leather furniture hints towards dressing slightly more formal than usual.


An icon in the world of cocktails both recently and historically, this bar has several titles: The World Best Bar at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2018 and World's 50 Best Bars 2017. So any drink is a signature here.



More of the best bars in Embankment

You can certainly 'bank' on these bars to pack a punch. Embankment is known for its amazing bars. From busy tiki bars and cocktail bars with world-class mixologists to quiet and cosy garden bars, we've got every type of bar in Embankment for you to browse and book. Why not take the team for a corporate day out at an activity bar or have a birthday bash at your own exclusive bar? Have a look at these top Embankment bar venues and get some ideas for where to have your next event. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best Embankment venues respond to your enquiry.

How to hire a bar in Embankment

We know that finding a venue the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and booking your perfect bar. Getting the venue-finding process down to a professional art is what we’ve made our mission ever since we took on the events industry. We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in, and near, Embankment.

For bars in Embankment, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

Gordon's Wine Bar – Wine lovers, take note of London's oldest bar.

Beaufort Bar – For a touch of glamour and elegance, head to this Embankment bar.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a bar or a private space in a bar. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book an Embankment bar. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best bars in Embankment and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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