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Best alcohol-free restaurants and bars in London

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Behold, the ultimate guide to the best alcohol-free restaurants and bars in London.

Maybe you quit drinking at the beginning of the year and, after taking on the challenge of a booze-free January, found it be not so dry after all. 

Or perhaps you’ve always prided yourself on having straight-edge status, or you’re adverse to hangovers. 

Whatever your reasons for giving alcohol the cold shoulder, there’s one thing that’s for sure; you might be ditching the fizz, but there’s no need to miss out on the fun.

Living in (or visiting) a city as eclectic, imaginative, diverse and ever-changing as London means there truly is something to appease everyone, and your choice of bars and restaurants need not suffer just because you’ve given booze the boot. 

In fact, there’s a plethora of places that pride themselves on offering either a completely alcohol-free environment, a tipple-less menu or a lengthy list of faux cocktails. 

Here, we’ve raked through some of the best alcohol-free restaurants and bars in the London to find the most exciting mocktail and alcohol-free dining experiences around. 

Cheers!

Ella Canta

Ella Canta

Ella Canta, a Mexican restaurant in Mayfair, serves its delicious, non-alcoholic palate cleanser all year round, alongside an extensive menu of tasty treats. The restaurant’s Agua Fresca menu includes prehispanic lemonade (£7) with lemon, agave, syrup and chia seeds, and a coconut, rose and lychee water (£7) with fresh lychee and nectar, lime and coconut, perfect for those bypassing booze.

Once snuggled in the atmospherically lit and gorgeously decorated restaurant, we have no doubts that your attention will soon be piqued by the tasty a la carte menu. Serving up a mixture of nibbles and main dishes, Ella Canta has a certain skill in creating authentic Mexican cuisine with a modern twist, and we can assure you it’s not something to be missed. 

The ‘Cangrejo suave al pastor con puré de piña y vanilla’ for example, mixes pastor style soft shell crab, guajillo hummus and pineapple purée. While the ‘bacalao negro con papas ajillo guajillo’ takes black cod and potato and serves them with ajillo guajillo chile. 

What’s more, we love that the restaurant is inspired by strong women and Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and prides itself in promoting female chefs. 

Make a reservation here

Yeotown Kitchen 

Yeotown Kitchen, London’s first mindfulness café, serves up deliciously nutritious food and detoxifying freshly pressed juices in a unique meditation station. In a serene environment, guests are invited to sip green juice, settle into a meditation pod, select a guided mindfulness meditation, and emerge feeling refreshed and de-stressed.

They offer a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, and all drinks are made with nutrition and wellbeing in mind.

See more information here

34 Mayfair 

34 Mayfair is just as lavish as it sounds. A desirable post code, glamorous decor and food so pretty it almost stops you from tucking in, all come part and parcel of this gorgeous restaurant. So, we don’t blame you for wanting to soak up the ambiance and enjoy the finer things in life, even if you’re not looking to spend big bucks on booze. 

Luckily, the “luxury mocktail menu” is just as fancy as its alcoholic counterpart. Pick from Desert Tea (£14) which mixes jasmine tea, rose petals, mint, lemon and geranium essence, or the Land mocktail with contains black truffle, Kaliber and oak and lemon. 

Make a reservation here

The Book Club

The Book Club

The Book Club in Shoreditch has launched a zero-proof cocktail menu for customers looking for cocktails with lots of flavour but none of the sauce. 

The restaurant-slash-bar has also filled its drinks with a plethora of health foods and spices, to help keep away any cases of the sniffles you may have. If you’re a fan of the turmeric trend, grab yourself a turmeric spritz (£6) which mixes turmeric, fresh ginger, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, angostura bitters, fresh rosemary, mint and sage, all topped off with soda. 

Or if an espresso martini is usually your thing, you could give the venue’s beetroot version a whirl. This includes espresso, almond milk, maca powder, cacao brazil nut butter, seedlip garden spice, beetroot powder and chocolate bitters.

Make a reservation here.

The Trafalgar Dining Rooms

The Trafalgar St. James

Just a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square, this opulent hotel, restaurant and bar offers a delicious selection of alcohol-free drinks to satisfy anyone embarking on a mocktail marathon. Partnering with English tea producer Tregothnan, the venue has created a whole list of unique tea-tails, mixing refreshing flavours with the brand’s teas.  

Tregothnan’s berry tea-tail (£7) blends orange juice, citrus and mint, while the detoxifying Tregothnan matcha tea-tail (£7) includes a blend of pineapple syrup, raspberry and lime.

Make a reservation here

Sanderson

Sanderson

When it comes to Saturday night plans, most of us fall into the familiar pattern of dinner and drinks. And if you’re trying to cut back on the bubbles, the Sanderson has a rather tasty solution. 

The Fitzrovia hotel has teamed up with Mindful Chef and Juiceman to create a detoxing menu, accompanied by cold pressed shots and juices. Dine on plates of rump steak strips in gem lettuce tacos served with guacamole, chargrilled sweetcorn and tomato salsa, or a coconut yoghurt sundae made with fresh berries, banana ice cream and coconut yoghurt. Wash it all down with a cold pressed shot blending orange, pineapple, ginger, turmeric and lemon.

What’s more, all cold pressed shots and juices are available in the Sanderson’s Long Bar, so you can still do as many shots as usual at the weekend, with no need to break your sobriety.  

Make a reservation here.

Sexy Fish 

Sexy Fish

Asian-inspired restaurant Sexy Fish is one of Mayfair’s coolest hang-outs. But if you thought its cocktail list would be off-limits, think again. You can enjoy all the joys of a fancy cocktail minus the alcohol, with delectable flavours, a novelty glass and an experimental garnish all thrown in for good measure, thanks to the venue’s mocktail menu. 

Try the Driver’s Julep (£7), which mixes lime juice, agave, ylang ylang, tonic cordial, cucumber and chilli. Or treat your taste buds to SeedSide (£7), and enjoy a concoction of seedlip green garden, lime juice, sugar, mint and soda. 

Make a reservation here.

Drink Shop Do

Drink Shop Do

Drink Shop Do is not only an amazing place to hang out, it’s also a safe haven away from booze-laden menus thanks to its glittering array of delicious mocktails. 

If you’re usually a Tom Collins fan, the Virgin Front Garden (£4.50) will be right up your street with its refreshing blend of basil, elderflower, lime and apple. Or, if you don’t want to miss out on clinking champagne glasses, try the Elderflower Fizz (£3.50), which mixes elderflower, raspberry and soda in a flute. 

Make a reservation here

Redemption Bar

Redemption Bar

Redemption Bar was founded by two female entrepreneurs, Catherine Salway and Andrea Waters, who wanted to create a buzzing restaurant environment, minus the alcohol. 

The entire restaurant is completely alcohol-free which means that you can enjoy yourself without fear of temptation, or rowdy crowds of people who may have had one too many. 

The food menu is exquisite and features only hyper-healthy, sugar and wheat-free food that has been sourced ethically and tastes like heaven. You can enjoy the experimental food menu and an alcohol-free drinks list at either the Notting Hill or Shoreditch branches.

Make a reservation here

The Sky Garden

The Sky Garden, with its indoor woodland and unparalleled views of the city, is a gorgeous place to visit at any time of the year. Mixologists at this sky-high watering hole have mixed up a non-alcoholic storm for those laying off the tipple.

From 34 floors up, enjoy a warming ginger spice mocktail (£9), which mixes Seedlip Spice 94, fresh fruit and herbs and orange spiced ginger ale.

Booking is essential, make a reservation here

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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