Some days all you need is to relax with a good book and a strong drink. Many bars in London allow you to do that. London is a literature paradise, with a great writing tradition, thousands of bookshops and well-established literature bars.
Here are five of the most famous literature bars, which are secret getaways for book lovers.
Literature bars in London: The Malt Whisky Library Bar, Bloomsbury
Fancy a nice bourbon while you read your favorite book?
Why don’t you go to The Malt Whisky Library Bar at the Grange Hotel, where you can unwind with a range of classic bourbons, single malts, and spirits?
Relaxing with a good book and an even better drink will guarantee the perfect day for any book lover. The warm and inviting atmosphere of the Whisky Library is ideal for a lazy day out with a book.
Where: 7 Montague Street, London, WC1B 5BP
The Drawing Room, Southbank
The only way to get in the Drawing Room of the BFI Southbank’s Benugo Cafe is literally by using a secret door. Where can you find the door? Of course behind a bookshelf.
Books line the walls of the intimate cocktail bar, and comfy armchairs make it the perfect place to escape with some booze and a book. The bar is inspired by early 20th century’s jazz bars, and you can even hire the place for your private party.
Where: Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT
The Fable, Holborn
Inspired by the fantasy world of fairy tales and Aesop’s fables, The Fable near Holborn Viaduct in central London, is anything but ordinary. From the vintage typewriter to the leather bound books, every detail tells a story.
The Fable Bar offers seasonal food and sumptuous cocktails as well as bespoke events and fascinating literary masterclasses. Furthermore, the library itself offers a great variety of books acquired from vintage markets and second-hand shops.
Where: 52 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FD
The Gorringe Park Pub, Tooting
The only way to reach the secret library at Gorringe Park Pub is by using a rabbit hole! Shelves are packed with a wide range of whimsical books to suit all tastes.
With its Alice in Wonderland theme, eccentric décor and cracker of a drinks and snacks menu is an excellent place to lose yourself in a good book. There you can even watch a movie as the pub offers a cinema screening as well. The best part? It’s free of charge for the guests and the owners renew the program every week.
Where: 29 London Rd, London SW17 9HW
Swans Bar at Maison Assouline, Piccadilly
Behind the bookcases in Maison Assouline’s beautiful Piccadilly store you’ll find the Swans Bar, an ideal spot for a sophisticated cocktail.
Why not try their Hemingway Daiquiri, served with white rum, elderflower liqueur, and cinnamon?
The part bookstore, part museum, part Parisian style café is housed in a former bank building designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1922. The beautiful architecture is complimented by Assouline’s books and unique furniture.
You could spend hours browsing their coffee table book selection, exploring their cabinet de curiosités or shopping their newest line.
Where: 196A Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9EY