Dry January is more popular than ever, with millions of Brits giving up alcohol for the entire month after a few too many mimosas at Christmas. Yet for those looking to maintain a social life, the temptation to stray can be a struggle – particularly as many of us suffer from a serious case of FOMO. Luckily, some of London’s finest bars and restaurants are making things easier for us by including a number of creative mocktails and tasty alcohol-free drinks in their menus. Who said socialising had to be hangover-inducing?
Learn more about Dry January here.
Best Alcohol-Free Bars & Restaurants in London for Dry January
(Or bars serving great alcohol-free options, at least…)
Straits Bar at Pan Pacific London
For stylish drinks in the city, Straits Bar at Pan Pacific London is a good option, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the capital. It has a 150-strong collection of different champagnes – but there are also plenty of non-alcoholic options now, thanks to a new menu of signature mocktails. Expertly created by Bar Manager Alex Nieto, the alcohol-free tipples on offer include the Berry Sensation, a fruity yet smoky aromatic mix of Seedlip Spice, and the Guava Mary, made with guava juice, lime juice, fresh chilli and mint.
80 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AB, panpacificlondon.com
Churchill Bar & Terrace
Nestled within the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill hotel, The Churchill Bar & Terrace is a cosy lounge-style, art deco bar decked out with velvet booths, with a leafy terrace outside. The bar is renowned for its unique cocktails, and non-alcoholic options are just as enticing as their counterparts, with three new drinks added to the menu this January: the Bitter Soul, Winter Mood and SensatiON. All are made using carefully considered ingredients, focusing on seasonality and waste reduction.
Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, 30 Portman Square, London W1H 7BH, thechurchillbar.co.uk
Chantelle Nicholson’s Mayfair restaurant Apricity is all about celebrating conscious eating and drinking – so of course it has a Dry January offering. Created in collaboration with Zoé Donadio, the low and no alcohol drinks menu is centred around hyper-seasonal produce from small-scale farmers and locally foraged ingredients. The ‘Swede-Tini’, for instance, is a mix of Seedlip Garden, pickled swede and chilli, while the ‘Pentire Pickle’ is made with Pentire, pickled blackberry and bay leaf syrup.
68 Duke St, London W1K 6JU, apricityrestaurant.com
La Dame de Pic London at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
Fine dining doesn’t necessarily mean lashings of wine. This January, Anne-Sophie Pic’s two Michelin-starred restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square has launched a non-alcoholic drinks pairing menu, Imprégnation Absolue. This includes drinks made using extractions, fermentations and infusions tried and tested at Four Seasons’ lab in Southern France, with cocktails on offer including a Genmaicha Collins, Seedlip Martini, and Hon Gyokura tea.
Four Seasons Hotel at Ten, 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ, ladamedepiclondon.co.uk
Daisy Green Collection
With outposts across London, the Daisy Green Collection is renowned for its bottomless brunches – but this January, the restaurant group is swapping prosecco for fermented tea. That means you can still enjoy two tasty courses, but this time they’ll be served alongside unlimited sparkling teas from REAL, which crafts its drinks from hand-picked loose-leaf teas. Tuck into Daisy Green classics like The Healthy Start (chilli and maple celeriac toast with poached eggs, broccoli and spinach), and catch up with friends over a long meal – then wake up fresh as a daisy the next day.
£35pp, various locations, daisygreenfood.com
Bruno’s is the new cocktail bar from brothers Fin and Lorcan Spiteri, housed in a newly renovated barge beside their floating restaurant, Caravel. It focuses on playful twists on classic cocktails – including an extensive menu of alcohol-free tipples. This January, head there to try drinks like the Royal Fizz, made with Earl Grey tonic, peach and lemon, and the Gardener, made with green tea, soda and lime.
172 Shepherdess Walk, London, N1 7JL, brunosbar.co.uk
The Spread Eagle
Trying the double whammy of Veganuary and Dry January this year? Hat’s off to you – and here’s a tip: book yourself dinner at The Spread Eagle, a vegan pub in Wandsworth which is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a menu of £5 plates and non-alcoholic drinks. Sip on a booze-free Paloma, an Espresso Martini-less or a Sober Sue while you tuck into polenta fries, carrot pakoras and mini ‘squashage’ rolls.
69 Wandsworth High St, London SW18 2PT, thespreadeaglelondon.co.uk
Dry January won’t seem so bad when you’re sitting drink in hand at Artesian, The Langham’s endlessly glamorous bar. There are three non-alcoholic drinks on offer from the Duality Cocktail menu, which combines effortless style with progressive mixology. The Good is perfect for Pornstar Martini lovers, made with Atopia Hedgerow Berry, passion fruit and tomato water, while the Darkness is a herbal mix of Seedlip Spice 94, lime, galangal and wasabi. There’s also the Moon, a light spritz drink made with Atopia Spiced Citrus, London Essence Blood Orange and elderflower tonic.
1C Portland Pl, London W1B 1JA, langhamhotels.com