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The team give their thoughts: London’s best bar?

Matthew, director of acquisition marketing

Piano Kensington, High Street Kensington

“Humble entrance located opposite High Street Kensington tube; this is a piano bar not of the sedate, hotel lobby, background music variety. This is a ‘the piano sounds like a carnival’ party hub. I love this tiny candlelit bar’s intimate feel and the atmosphere’s crescendo as the evening progresses. An atmosphere that always leaves me singing with annoying enthusiasm on the way home!”

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Kelsey, customer experience specialist

Ain’t Nothin’ But, Soho

“It’s a blues bar that puts on live music every night of the week, sometimes including burlesque shows. On Monday nights they also have rotating musicians which I absolutely love.

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Olesya, marketing coordinator

Polpo at Ape & Bird, Covent Garden

“I’ve got so many but Ape & Bird really stands out. They serve great cocktails, especially With the food done by Polpo it’s really good as well. The atmosphere is relaxing, but you don’t fall asleep.”

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Nuria, operations team lead

The Crown and Shuttle, The Water Poet (both Shoreditch)

“The Crown and Shuttle in Shoreditch has a cool ship inside, with a terrace at the back which is great in the summer. I couldn’t decide on just the one so I’ll also say The Water Poet, nearer Spitalfields. This looks like a classic pub, but again there’s a nice terrace. I think I just like Dalston Yard in general! It’s a great place for some street-food if you fancy something to eat.”

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Kevin, operations team intern

Zoo Bar, Picadilly

“This is a beautiful pub most days of the week, especially on Sunday when they bring out a fantastic roast. But I really enjoy going on Saturdays when it’s transformed into a club (which also happens on Wednesday nights) – I’ve enjoyed some of my best nights here in London here.”

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