Readers and drinkers alike will adore London’s library bars. With a full bar, fantastic drinks, and incredible surroundings with books stacked high – what more could you want? Treat yourself to a weekday tipple, or weekend cocktail at the best bars with books in London – find out our favourites now!
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What is a Library Bar?
A library bar is exactly what it sounds like – a bar that comes complete with a selection of books! From built-in shelves piled high with old novels, to stand alone tables stacked with the most inspirational of modern travel books. There is nowhere quite as magical as London’s library bars.
Our Top Choice of Bars with Books in London
As a large city it’s no surprise that London has its fair share of library bars. We’ve managed to whittle the list down to just 9 to make it easier for you to choose where to indulge in cocktails in London!
Library Bar – The Lanesborough
The Lanesborough Hotel located on Hyde Park Corner is a 5 star destination. With a range of bars and restaurants, we have a certain soft spot for their Library Bar. The Library Bar is potentially one of the oldest in the city, dating back to the 1770s, today it is renowned for its delicious cocktails.
They have a collaboration with publisher Rizzoli ensuring that the bar is always stocked with the finest illustrated books for guests to admire whilst sipping their negroni.
Swans Bar – Maison Assouline
Located in the heart of Piccadilly Swans Bar oozes elegance and modern chic. You’ll site surrounded by Maison Assouline’s iconic travel books, each of which has a carefully crafted cocktail to match.
The Cinnamon Club
The Cinnamon Club is located in a Grade II listed building, previously the Westminster Library. And we’re so glad to see they’ve kept the building’s heritage intact! You’ll find a range of delicious cocktails here that can be paired with their contemporary Indian food. With high walls lined with books, we can’t think of anywhere we’d rather have a nightcap.
The Fable is a library bar inspired by fairytales and (you guessed it) fables. The captivating decor includes tables cocooned in layers of books. Their menu includes playful cocktails inspired with the season, such as The Coastal menu that boasts enchantingly named drinks such as ‘message in a bottle’ or ‘sail away.’
The Drawing Room
A real hidden gem, The Drawing Room bar is located at the BFI on the Southbank. This cosy corner of London has an entrance hidden behind a bookshelf. If you’re looking for an intimate but unique space to rent, you really can’t get better than this library bar.
Scarfes Bar is located in Covent Garden and is a classically British getaway from the bustling city. With dark panelled walls, inviting leather seats, and those all important bookshelves – you’ll adore this library bar. With their own crafted cocktails, you’ll never want to leave this spot.
Electric House is one of Soho House’s London locations – which unfortunately does mean this library bar is members access only – but it still warrants a place on our list. Electric House is located next to Electric Cinema on Portobello Road in Notting Hill. The library is perfect for hosting small events with cocktails.
The Library Bar – The Ned
The Ned is one of London’s hotels, and it comes complete with an enviable library bar. Guests will be able to relax in plush comfy chairs, with a cocktail in hand, admiring the stunning room they’re in.
The Library – NoMad London
Another library bar in Covent Garden is the one located in the NoMad hotel. The library here is available to hotel guests and their visitors – and we really think you’re in for a treat! They serve up both classic cocktails and their own unique creations.
Not to Miss For Literary Lovers
If you’re a big fan of books, you must make sure you don’t miss out on visiting London’s best independent bookshops whilst you’re here. If you’re on your way home and already missing our city, immerse yourself in books set in London, to imagine you’re still here.