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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

The 11 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.

So here are our favourites.

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Gordon's wine bar embankment
Gordon's wine bar embankment

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 historic pub with a fully stocked bar: The Admiralty

Trafalgar Square

Okay so not technically Embankment, but this venue is only a 4-minute walk and will take you back in time to The Battle of Trafalgar.

With its interiors inspired by HMS Victory, this pub certainly tells a story. The Admiralty is newly reopened after a devastating fire last year. It is back after a refurbishment with a new lease on life.

Take a seat at the wooden bar, that serves Fuller’s famous real ales alongside craft lagers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. Gather your shipmates and hire The Admiral’s Cabin, the most coveted area of the establishment, for an intimate experience.

If you are feeling peckish, this buzzing pub specialises in homemade pies. Taste a range of filled pies, accompanied by a hearty plate of mash and gravy.

So whether you're popping in for a drink or settling down for a meal, head toward Nelsons Column in Trafalgar to this central pub.

radio rooftop bar embankment
radio rooftop bar embankment

3. 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.

The Pier Bar & Lounge Embankment
The Pier Bar & Lounge Embankment

4. 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.

salsa temple best bars embankment
Salsa Bar Embankment

5. 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.

Baranis bar Embankment
Baranis bar Embankment

6. 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.

The Old Shades bar embankment
The Old Shades bar embankment

7. 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.

Churchills bar event room embankment
Churchills bar event room embankment

8. 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.

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all bar one embankment

9. 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.

beaufort bar savoy embankment
beaufort bar savoy embankment

10. 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.

american bar savoy embankment
american bar savoy embankment

11. 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.

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