The story

Pubs and bars are the social glue that keep the city's population from fragmenting into anonymity. Recent years have seen the traditional London pubs joined by fancy Euro bars and New-York style cocktail lounges.

Green and Red (51 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch) is a lively Mexican-style cantina bar with staff who know their tequila and mix fiendishly good Margaritas.

The scruffily retro LAB (12 Old Compton Street, Soho) may not be the flashiest bar in Soho but its cocktails are still among the very best in the city. It will be busy. Read full article »