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Best London venues of 2021: Ping's pick

Last updated: 11/01/2022

2021 was a very mixed year. 

Continuing lockdowns and restrictions, followed by waves of opening up and closing down again. Through the midst of all the gloom, however, many up-and-coming venues, restaurants and bars continued to shine, coming up with original ways to promote their businesses safely in spite of the situation, and these 12 venues, voted on by Ping employees as the 'best' of a certain category as part of our '12 Days of Pingmas' series on Instagram, certainly continued to do that. So let's reflect on 2021 - safely but wholeheartedly - by looking at some of the best places it had to offer.
BookableWhere The Pancakes Are
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Where the Pancakes Are - Best Brunch Spot

where the pancakes are opened in 2016 and has become a destination pancake restaurant in London. A pancake is as honest as a meal can get. Simple, fine ingredients heaped with delicious flavour and tender, loving care. This is food to nurture body and soul. It triggers memories of good times shared around the table.

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Bancone - Best Value For Money Venue

Relax and eat while watching the chefs at work, at the window counter or around our ancient olive tree. Our menu takes inspiration from many of the 20 regions of Italy and our pasta is skilfully made by hand every day. The exciting result is a combination of both traditional dishes and new creations pushing culinary boundaries with integrity and passion.

Restaurants Date Night Good For Groups Instagrammable

Bookable14 Hills
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14 hills - Best date night venue

A glamorous all-day restaurant, bar and deli situated in the heart of London’s Square Mile. Boasting unparalleled views of London, Head Chef, John Barber has created a menu that showcases the best of British with a touch of French flair.

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The Little Blue Door
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The Little Blue Door - Best Hidden Gem

Join the flatmates for delicious food, delicious cocktails and weekly house parties & dinner parties from their cosy flat in Parsons green, Fulham.

Vibes Restaurants Drinks Dancing

BookableAqua Kyoto
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Aqua Kyoto - Best Rooftop Venue

A contemporary Japanese restaurant with a stunning rooftop terrace high above Regent Street. Experience the innovative Japanese cuisine of Aqua Kyoto. Join us for lunch, dinner and our famous free-flow weekend brunch.

Restaurants Drinks Date Night Brunch

BookableHijingo Bingo Club
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Hijingo Bingo Club - Best Competitive Socialising Venue

Hijingo is a game of chance, a game of destiny, a game of fortune. Will it be your time? This high-octane, high-tech show, completely redefines the meaning of bingo. Get ready to have your mind blown by this adrenaline-fuelled, unforgettable experience. With a wide range of expertly-crafted cocktails and an epic street food-inspired menu, you can eat, drink and play, as you take a glimpse into th...

Good For Groups Experiences Drinks Date Night

Ballie Ballerson London
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Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch - Best Creative Venue

First and foremost, we are a great team of fun givers, working hard 24/7 to ensure that our beloved customers have the time of their lives every single time they step through our doors. We’re professional and positive—an easy thing to be because our product is the real deal, a runaway success story that keeps getting better and better. Ballie began as a “one month only” pop up in Dalston in Nov...

Vibes Instagrammable Good For Groups Drinks

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Restaurants Instagrammable Drinks Arts

The Iceberg Lounge at Park Row
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BookableBob Bob Ricard
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Bob Bob Richard - Best Restaurant

Bob Bob Ricard City, a modern-day icon, serves classic British & French menu along with all the Bob Bob Ricard signature dishes. Equipped with a “Press for Champagne” button at every table, it offers an exceptional selection of large formats from magnum to methuselah.


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Disrepute - Best Bar

December 2016 sees the opening of new Soho members’ bar, Disrepute — the collaborative creation and latest venture from the team behind Sovereign Loss and the Barrio. Taking the place of 60s haunt, ‘The Pinstripe Club’, and inspired by its colourful history of scandal and infamy, Disrepute combines classic timeless qualities with 60s counterculture and the best of London’s cocktail culture today. ...


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OTHERWORLD Victoria - Best Game-Changing Night Out

IT'S SO MUCH MORE THAN A VIRTUAL REALITY ARCADE... Departing from the Nova Building in Victoria you and your friends will be transported to the OTHERWORLD: a virtual island paradise. ‍ Our Immersion Pod™ Technology features Wind, Heat & Rumble so you body will feel everything as your mind explores. Scattered across the island you'll find the world's best virtual reality games & experiences, just ...

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