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A Night Out In...

Midtown

Jane Ryan
Only in London's chaotic centre could you start with lashings of wine and cheese before sipping on sake and discussing the wonders of bidets, until you've ultimately found yourself in a glamorous hotel bar sipping rare whisky. Do it with a date, a gaggle of friends or fall down the rabbit hole by yourself...
  • Start here

    Café Pistou

    Location

    8-10 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QA

    Times

    Mon-Fri 8.30am-11pm Sat-Sun 10am-11pm

    Charm oozes out of each and every detail of this beautiful cafe on Exmouth Market, makig it the perfect start to the evening, whether you're on a relaxed date or an evening out with friends. Food here is delightful, with plenty of French staples, so stock up on the starters, share a few plates or hog the cheese to yourself and order a glass (bottle?) off their appealing wine list, and let the gastronomic feast embrace you. Fully fed and watered, and quite possibly needing some sake-styled cocktail to perk yourself up, depart in the direction of Jason Atherton's Sosharu.

  • Move On

    Seven Tales at Sosharu

    Location

    64 Turnmill Street, London, EC1M 5RR

    Times

    Mon-Thu Midday-11pm Fri-Sat Midday-Midnight Sun CLOSED

    Long gone is the pretty French cafe, instead say hello to this neon-lit Japanese basement bar where sake reins supreme and frowns are very literally turned upside-down. Drinks are as inventive as they come and are off-the-chart tasty, just let your server guide you through the wonderful tastes of downtown Tokyo. Get playful, louder and a bit grittier and be sure to press every button in the toilet. Woosh.

  • End Here

    Scarfes Bar

    Location

    252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN

    Times

    Mon-Sun Midday-1am

    One more, no more, it's time for a nightcap and where better to order one than this sumptuous hotel bar in Holborn where glamorous Americans perch at the bar quaffing dirty Martinis. Their spirit range is staggering so pick your poison, whether its a sharp bang to end the night or a slow and sweet sipper, and nudge your way into one of those grandfather armchairs. Perfection.

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