Okay fess up – who’s meant to be doing a Valentine’s Day thing tonight and haven’t thought of anywhere to go yet? Fortunately Soho has a fabulous reputation and it’s very well deserved. There’s a whole heap of fun all squeezed into one place, which means it is home to more than its fair share of the city’s cosiest bars. We’ve picked out some of our favourites for your Valentine’s Day shenanigans:
Capacity: 75 standing, 60 seated
Check it out here: Dirty Bones Soho
The definition of a cosy bar – Dirty Bones in Soho is small, stylish and has a great atmosphere. The food is incredible, but they’re also open for late night drinks – so if you and your someone special have stumbled out of a restaurant at 9pm, you’ll still have somewhere classy and romantic to end the night. The Lavender Martini and Mutt’s Nuts cocktails are firm Canvas favourites.
Capacity: 150 standing, 90 seated
Check it out here: Century
Discreetly tucked away on Shaftesbury Avenue, this private members’ club is a real hidden gem. The Cocktail Lounge is stunning, with exposed bricks and a metal ceiling, and those all important cocktails.
Capacity: 300 standing, 50 seated
Check it out here: Six Storeys on Soho
Another firm favourite with the Canvas Team, drinks at Six Storeys is a memorable experience. The Lobby Bar is a gorgeous intimate cocktail lounge with the atmosphere of 1930s America. Feel free to turn up in your enormous trousers and flapper dress.
Capacity: 110 standing, 35 seated
Check it out here: Swift
If you love Hollywood glamour, you’ll love Swift. The upstairs bar is bright and ideal for a quick drink with friends or a pre-dinner tipple. The downstairs bar is a cosy, intimate whisky room with booth seating and low lights, perfect for settling in for the evening but you’ll need to make a reservation.
Capacity: 100 standing, 36 seated
Check it out here: MNKY LNGE
MNKY LNGE is an exclusive hidden gem, with live music, lounge seating and a distinctive style. Perfect for cosying up on a sofa, enjoying a glass of wine and whispering sweet, sweet nothings to your lucky someone special.
Location: Regent Street
Capacity: 80 standing, 45 seated
Check it out here: S&L Lounge
This is a super convenient spot – you’ve got Oxford Circus, Bond Street and Piccadilly Circus all close by. It’s a chilled and informal option, so ideal if you’re looking for a nice evening for two without breaking the bank. And if you’d like a Pornstar Martini the size of your head, you can have that too.