Doing Dry January? There are plenty of ways to stay sober while still having a blast in London.
Where alcohol abstinence is the norm. This might just be London’s healthiest restaurant – its three branches in Covent Garden, Notting Hill and Shoreditch serve vegan, sugar-free, and wheat-free food with an alcohol-free bar. Their mocktails are so good, you won’t notice the lack of booze; try Apple Mock-hito and Beet-o-Tini. Most famous of all is the wildly eccentric (and hugely Instagrammable) Activated Charcoal Martini.
Situated beneath Dishoom in King’s Cross, this bar is inspired by Bombay’s Prohibition era – a time when the public needed a licence to drink alcohol based on “medical” grounds. The Permit Room is decorated with heavy dark wooden panelling and dim mood-lighting – the perfect vibe for a sophisticated evening drink. Try a Dry Martini, Dry Old Fashioned or – our favourite – a Virtuous Tulsi Sour with its aromas of juniper, ginger, lemon, holy basil and other botanicals.
We love a speakeasy! And this is one of the most glamorous and slinky. Prepare to be transported back to the 1920s in this room that features candlelit tables, decorative cocktails and soothing jazz music. Located in the heart of Shoreditch, this spot is great for winding down for an evening and perfect for any kind of drinks, alcoholic or booze-free. If you want a refreshing sip, try Nightjar’s Wolverine non-alcoholic cocktail, which consists of Seedlip, apple and rhubarb juice, passionberry, pennyroyal syrup and bitter lemon tonic. The venue operates a no-standing policy, so channel your inner Gatsby and make a booking for this fabulous East London find.
If you love a good brew, The Trafalgar Dining Rooms’ non-alcoholic, tea-tails might be just your cup of char. They offer berry, black and matcha teas as great alternatives to their signature cocktails. Enjoy your refreshing, guilt-free tipple with fabulous views of the iconic Square as you sit in the bar of the Trafalgar, St James hotel.
Seedlip, the ‘world’s first booze-free distilled spirit’, tastes divine and is available across the city. The talented bar team at The Savoy’s American Bar have reimagined the Negroni substituting gin, Campari and vermouth for Seedlip 94. A booze free Negroni? Yes please.
Try Seedlip cocktails for free from some of London’s top bars throughout January. Download a voucher from DrinkUP LDN to claim yours.
Full of Beans
Replace your wind-down drink with go-faster coffee – relocate your nights out to late-night coffee shops and you can neck cups of caffeine-heavy brown stuff until the early hours. Shoreditch Grind serves until 1am, while Soho stalwart Bar Italia can hook you up at 5am.