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The Light Lounge1 Newport Pl, London WC2H 7JR How to get here
The Light Lounge (Newport Place) | Cocktail Bar
Sandwiched between Leicester Square and Chinatown’s stretch of Asian eateries, reflective cocktail bar The Light Lounge occupies its own glamorous stratosphere. With its twinkly chandeliers, elegant grey banquettes and perfumed lilies scenting the air, it’s an upscale escape from the chaotic streets outside.
The swish ‘n’ sexy sanctuary is from the same team as downstairs Ku Bar, so rest assured this crew know how to get the party started. If cocktails are your poison, quality mixology is what these guys do best. With a rotating, refined menu of seasonal house specials, they harmonise the finest of spring/summer and autumn/winter spices, spirits and juices into the most quaffable of creations, polished off with an elegant signature flourish.
Take the Heartbreaker – Tanqueray Gin, lychee liqueur, lemon, cucumber syrup and plum bitters, its heavenly sweet-yet-sour sensation will steal more hearts than it breaks. Or the sensually-honeyed Sugar Mama – served with Ketel One Vodka, apple juice, passion fruit, vanilla syrup and passion fruit liqueur.
For the non-cocktail minded The Light Lounge have a superb range of prestige spirits and Ruinart champagnes.
Overwhelmed by choice? Go bespoke. Tell the bartender about your preferred spirit and let them create something special for you. Or, just ask them to whizz up a personal favourite that you can sip to the sound of soulful beats.