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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

The 5 best bars and pubs near St Paul's, London

The gorgeous St Paul's Cathedral sits at the heavenly heart of this central London neighbourhood. Part of the City of London, the district has historically been home to prominent legal and financial firms. Luckily for us, it also offers plenty of bars, slaking the thirst of local workers and cathedral-peeping tourists alike. Busy in the week (though less oppressively so since the advent of hybrid working) this commercial district gets much quieter over the weekend, when many of these venues are available to hire either whole or in part. Whether you're after rooftop cocktails, intriguing craft beers or the finest wines your expense account will allow, St Paul's might just have the bar for you.

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The mezzanine at Vinoteca City, a wine bar in St Paul's, London
The bar counter at Vinoteca City in St Pauls area of London

1. A St Paul's bar for the wine lover: Vinoteca City

St Paul's, London

Nestled in the heart of the City, Vinoteca City's 300-bottle wine list has made it one of St. Paul’s most popular bars. Open seven days a week from 12pm to 11pm, Vinoteca City also offers a private hire mezzanine with a seating capacity of 42 guests, and full venue hire with a capacity of 180.

Guests are welcome to stick to drinks, but you'll also find a compact food menu of bar snacks, small plates and mains: cured meats and cheeses, pan roasted cod and grilled bavette steak, for instance. At the bar, you'll be able to pick from a wide range of accessibly-described wines from around the world, including biodynamic and organic producers, as well as a fun range of wine cocktails. And if vino's a no-no, you'll find some well-chosen alternatives to choose from.

The bar’s open-plan interior, with a majestic bar counter taking centre stage, makes it a flexible venue for all manner of celebrations.

The bar at Dirty Martini St Pauls
Hire the Dirty Martini bar in St Pauls

2. A St. Paul's bar for a very happy hour: Dirty Martini

St. Paul's, London

If you're after unpretentious fun and cocktail party energy, you could do a lot worse at this St Paul's outpost of the Dirty Martini bar chain. Groups can book the whole bar or just an area, with drinks packages and table service for groups looking to zip through bevs at their leisure. Happy hours (before 8pm) offer half-prices martinis and deals on wine and prosecco, while night owls and nightcap-seekers will be right at home: this late-night bar stays open 'til 3am Wednesday to Saturday.

The bar at Fleets, in St Paul's London
The bar at Fleets, St Pauls, City of London

3. A St. Paul's bar right by the cathedral: Fleets

St. Paul's, London

Open till the late hours of the evening seven days a week, Fleet offers a dining menu for every occasion, including their smash burger, delightful small plates, and tasty Buddha Bowl. An experienced team behind the bar creates some of London's best cocktails, signature gin and tonics, and premium craft beers; ideal for after-work drinks or a date with that special someone.

Do not worry about the space being confined to the first floor as this St. Paul’s bar has ample amount of space to suit all your social requirements - be it catching up with your friends or discussing the next business plan with your corporate partners. If your group is on the larger side, Fleets also offers the full venue for private hire. Sip on espresso martini and forget all your worries at Fleets, one of St. Paul’s most iconic bars.

The roof terrace at night at Sabine, a bar overlooking St Pauls Cathedral
This St Pauls bar is on a beautiful rooftop overlooking the famous cathedral

4. A St. Paul's bar in a rooftop garden: The Sabine

St. Paul's, London

Head to the 7th floor of the Leonardo Royal London to discover a lush roof terrace with views over the Cathedral's dome. It's an inviting spot on a warm summer evening, but a weather-safe conservatory offers shelter beneath a retractable roof if the weather should turn. An oasis of calm above the hustle and bustle of the City, it suits anything from after-work drinks to weekend lounging.

On the menu, a tasty array of shareable bites promises to tickle the palette (and line the stomach) – try the pulled jackfruit tacos, mac'n'cheese bonbons or burrata with roast peach. Cocktails include an array of summery twists on the G&T, frozen cocktails and a barrel-aged margarita, while wines, beers and spirits are of course available, albeit with a price point to match (a bottle of beer starts at £7).

Cans of beer at the independent craft beer bar Magpie and Stump in St Pauls, London
The outdoor terrace at St Pauls bar Magpie and Stump, specialising in craft beer

5. A St Paul's pub full of indie beers: Magpie & Stump

St. Paul's, London

With a dark (it used to provide 'last pints' to those facing the hangman at the nearby Newgate Prison) Magpie & Stump now happily specialises happy hour, draft cocktails and pub quizzes. The current pub is a replacement for a magnificent Tudor-style replica that was built in the 1930s, decorated in an art deco style. Open from Monday to Friday until 11pm, Magpie & Stump offers full venue hire for your larger occasions on the weekends from Saturday to Sunday.

Unaffiliated with any brewery or group, Magpie & Stump curates its own stellar line-up of independent beers, with 20 rotating taps delivering lagers, alers, IPAs, sours, stouts and ciders to the thirstiest guests. As well as award-winning fare, they also celebrate inventive new creations, like the Yeastie Boys' Earl Grey IPA ('boldly floral, much like your granny's bedroom;) and an Exal Krankie sour inspired by Irn Bru. An esteemed part of St. Paul's bar scene by any measure.

More of the best bars near St Paul's

Thinking of hiring a bar for your next event? Great idea. St Paul's 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 near St Paul's 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 St Paul's 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 venues near St Paul's respond to your enquiry.

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How to hire a bar near St Paul's

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 near St Paul's.

Frequently asked questions

For bars near St Paul's, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

Dirty Martini – For happy hour without the frills, Dirty Martini is always a good idea.

Vinoteca City – Wine lovers head to the city for really good wine and your pick of some pretty decent bar snacks.

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 a St Paul's 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 near St Paul's and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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