Where To Drink Spritz In London

Do you know your Spritz? It’s started appearing in a lot of bars, restaurants and pubs around London recently and is a perfect summertime sip. It may never be as popular as beer here (like it is in Venice), but it’s certainly worth trying.

We tried Aperol Spritz at Ombra bar in Hackney.

We tried Aperol Spritz at Ombra bar in Hackney.

What? More than being a refreshing and tasty drink, the Spritz has a long story to tell: the word comes from Germany and means splash/sparkling. The drink dates back to the Hapsburg domination in the Republic of Venice during the 19th century, when Hapsburgian soldiers and merchants used to ask for a spritz of water in their wine, in order to make it lighter. Originating in North Italy, it has now spread around the world.

How? The original Aperol Spritz is made with 2/3 Prosecco, 1/3 Aperol and a bit of soda water. Last but not least, don’t forget to add a slice of orange and a green olive. Campari is also widely used in place of Aperol, and now many barmen are even making their own versions.

Where? Here is a round-up of bars, pubs and restaurants serving the popular orange drink. Most of the places listed were suggested to us by readers and we personally tried some of them. Here they are divided by area.

Central

Ape & Bird, 142 Shaftesbury Avenue, Seven Dials, WC2H 8HJ
‘A pub for people who don’t like pubs’, Ape & Bird replaced the iconic Marquis of Granby pub at Cambridge Circus after Russell Norman (the guy behind Polpo) bought the place last year: we visited it just after its opening. Aperol Spritz is one of the ‘House Classics’. Spritz for £7

Augustus Harris, 33 Catherine Street, WC2B 5JT
With a name mixing Latin and English, this central restaurant has a menu inspired by Venetian typical bàcari (tiny local eateries). Expect typical Venetian food to be digested with either Aperol or Campari Spritz. Spritz for £7

Bavarian Beerhouse190 City Road, EC1V2QH and 9 Crutched Friars, EC3N 2AU
Included in our German food and drink round-up, you can find its branches both in Old Street and in Tower Hill. The venues offer a good mix of events, including Bundesliga screenings and pub quizzes. They serve the historically-traditional Spritzer: white or red wine with a dash of water or lemonade. Spritzer for £3.50

Boopshi’s Schniltzel & Spritzers, 31 Windmill Street, W1T 2JN
The Austrian restaurant with a homely atmosphere specialises in serving traditional schnitzel and… Spritzers (remember about the history of Spritz?). Their Spritzers are numbered from 1 to 6 including an Aperol Spritz with sherbet added to it: if you don’t like this version, there are another five to pick from. Spritz from £7.50

Caffe’ Caldesi, 118 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2QF
This rustic, home-style Italian restaurant run by Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi offers a dedicated bar with loads of typical Italian aperitifs. If you want something that reminds you of the classical Aperol Spritz, try their Negroni Sbagliato, with Campari, Martini Rosso and Prosecco. Spritz for £7.50

Mele e Pere, 46 Brewer St, Soho, W1F 9TF
Specialising in rich, meat and cheese-led dishes from Northern Italy, this Soho restaurant was included in our round-up of London’s best Italian restaurants. Every weekday from 4-7pm you can enjoy their Aperitivo hour, meaning 50% off drinks with any food order. They serve a particular type of Spritz, which instead of Aperol has rhubarb and rosehip. Spritz for £7

Polpo, Soho, Covent Garden, Smithfield and Notting Hill
Russell Norman’s trendy set of Venetian-inspired small plate restaurants present humble but hearty Italian dishes made for sharing and… typical Venetian drinks. There are branches throughout central London: we suggest you try their Aperol Bar, which is part of their branch in Covent Garden and their Negroni Bar, which is part of the Smithfield branch. Polpo was also included in our round-up of London’s best Italian restaurantsSpritz for £7

Polpetto, 11 Berwick Street, W1F 0PL
Another restaurant managed by Russell Norman, this Venetian-bacaro-styled restaurant in Soho serves both Aperol and Campari varieties. 
Spritz for £6

Princi, 135 Wardour Street, W1F 0UT
This London outpost of a popular Milanese bakery chain offers a wide variety of Italian food, from breakfast to dinner. You can choose between the self-service area or the restaurant section. Or if you feel lazy, you can order your meal online. Princi serves Aperol Spritz and their own special version, Princi Aperitivo (served Mondays to Fridays, 5-7pm). Spritz from £7.50

Tozi, 8 Gillingham Street, SW1V 1HJ
This vibrant restaurant and bar based in Victoria is specialised in Venetian cicchetti and classic Italian cocktails. The restaurant was set up by Italian chefs and offers the dining ethos of the Veneto region. They serve Aperol Spritz as well as Tozi Spritz: Aperol, fresh Sicilian watermelon, Prosecco and dash of soda for a perfect summer sip. They’re hosting a Spritz masterclass on 5 August as well. Spritz from £6.75

Aperol Spritz at Augustus Harris

Aperol Spritz at Augustus Harris.

North

Italian Farmers, 186 Stroud Green Road, N4 3RN
Some time ago we reviewed this Italian food deli that specialises in hard-to-find Italian food items. More than merely selling provisions, this small deli in Finsbury Park is known for its special events such as food and drink tastings. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays they stay open until 10.30pm and for £10 you can get a Spritz plus a chopping board with a mix of cheeses, salami and bruschetta. Spritz £6

The Blues Kitchen, 111-113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN and 134-146 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AR
A proper Camden institution and a staple of any night out in the area, this is an American fun-time bar, restaurant and live music venue with a second branch in Shoreditch. Listed as one of London’s best bars for drinking whisky, here they serve Spritz as well. Spritz for £8

Vivo, 57-58 Upper Street, Islington N1 0NY
This Italian bakery and cafe in one is based in Islington and has recently open a new Tuscan-style roof terrace with a new Spritz menu. Alongside the traditional varieties, they also have an Elderflower Fiorente Spritz with elderflower liqueur from Florence along with prosecco, fresh mint and lime. Spritz from £4.80 

South

Frank’s Cafe & Campari Bar 10th Floor, Peckham Multi-Story Carpark 95A Rye Lane, SE15 4ST
Perched atop the multi-story car park in Peckham, Frank’s has been drawing big crowds for the past few years. The view of London is one of the best in the south, which is why we’ve named it as one of the best rooftop bars in London. Spritz for £6

The Little Bar Tooting, 145 Mitcham Road, SW17 9PE
This tiny little bar in Tooting has gained quite a reputation thanks to its old-fashioned drinks and Spanish-style cold snacks as well as its warm, familiar atmosphere. If you’re a Prosecco lover, you should try their special Sw17 cocktail: Prosecco, Somerset apple brandy, angostura bitters and a sugar lump – a real taste explosion (costs £7). Spritz for £6.50

East

Coppa, Hothouse Rooftop, Martello Street, E8 3QW
After the big success of last year’s pop-up run by the folk behind Lardo, this rooftop restaurant promises to be in London for quite a while. Expect a Southern Italian menu including a wide selection of antipasti alongside barbecued meat. They serve Aperol Spritz plus a special StellaSpritz, made with Prosecco and StellaCello, a grapefruit liqueur produced in Bethnal Green. Spritz from £7.50. See more rooftop bars in London.

Lardo, 197-205 Richmond Road, E8 3NJ
When we visited London Fields-based restaurant Lardo we discovered that it’s an Italian with a twist. Their large selection of British charcuterie is a perfect accompaniment for the Italians’ beloved Aperitivo. They serve a similar selection to Coppa (above) including the grapefruit-flavoured StellaCelloSpritz from £7.50

Ombra, 1 Vyner Street, E2 9DG
Try this Venetian bar in the heart of East London, close to London Fields – we bet your mouth will start watering when you see the photos of their dishes including pasta, polenta and deep fried fish. They serve Aperol, Campari and even Cynar Spritz (using a liquor made from herbs and artichokes). Also enjoy their Venetian cicchetti (nibbles) during Aperitivo time, from Thursday to Sunday. Spritz for £7.50

The Shakespeare, 2 Goswell Road, EC1M 7AA
Despite its name, this is a proper Italian pub just a few steps from Barbican tube station: their menu mixes typical Italian food with English dishes. On Saturday night they have a special offer of a second pizza at half price. Spritz for £6

Food buffet accompanies Aperol Spritz at Chairs and Coffee in Fulham Broadway

Food buffet accompanies Aperol Spritz at Chairs and Coffee in Fulham Broadway

West

Chairs and Coffee, 512 Fulham Road, SW6 5NJ
This tiny little cafe with chairs hanging from its roof is located close to Fulham Broadway underground station. They serve Italian Aperitivo from Tuesday to Saturday, 6pm to 9pm, and also have a free buffet. On Fridays and Saturdays they have a bigger buffet which includes cold pasta salad, focaccia and other finger food — though the price of drinks remains the same. On Thursday they have a special offer: 2 Aperol Spritz for £8. Spritz for £5.50

Crown and Sceptre, 34 Holland Road, Kensington Olympia, W14 8BA
This is an hotel with an independent bar and restaurant, which specialises in char-grilled and rotisserie dishes. The bar usually serves Aperol Spritz with Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore for £9 but on Fridays you can get it for £7 at Aperitivo time (5pm-8pm). Spritz for £9

Gustoso Ristorante & Enoteca, 35 Willow Place, SW1P 1JH
This Italian gourmet restaurant based in Pimlico is the ‘brother’ of Osteria Dell’ Angolo in Westminster, as they share the same owner. Gustoso includes both Spritzer and Aperol Spritz on its drink menu. Spritz for £6.50

Locanda Ottoemezzo, 2-4 Thackeray Street off Kensington Square, W8 5ET
This red-lightened restaurant based close to High Street Kensington station offer Aperol Spritz in their caffee-pizza adjacent to the main restaurant. You can have it on Mondays and Tuesdays until 6pm and Wednesdays-Sundays until 9.30pm. Spritz for £7.50

Rocco, 254-260 Old Brompton Road, Chelsea, SW5 9HR
This Chelsea-based Italian restaurant offers fresh food as well as a dedicated space to buy hard-to-find Italian products — including special salami. They serve both Aperol and Campari Spritz. Spritz for £8

Shot Espresso, 11 Jerdan Place, Fulham, SW6 1BE
This is an independent coffee shop, deli and aperitif bar just a few steps away from Fulham Broadway station. They serve Aperol Spritz and offer the option of Spritz plus all-you-can-eat for £8: their Aperitivo time is on every evening, 5pm-10pm. Spritz for £5.50

The Victoria, 10 West Temple Sheen, SW14 7RT
This big property in North Sheen was built between 1845 and 1855 and hosts a pub, a restaurant and a hotel. You wouldn’t expect to find the Italian’s popular drink in such a traditional English guest house, but it is here. Spritz for £6.50

Chains

Be at One
The cocktail bars’ chain founded by three London bartenders back in 1990s offers one of the widest variety of cocktails you can imagine. Of course, Aperol Spritz is included in the menu and during Happy Hour it’s buy-one-get-one-free (times vary from bar to bar but this is usually a pre-dinner offer). Aperol for £8.50

Carluccio’s
The Italian chain has restaurants all over London — even at the main airports. You can either buy food or sit down and enjoy your meal, maybe while drinking a Spritz. They serve Aperol Spritz and their own variation, called Lemon Spritz: Limoncello and sparkling lemon juice topped with Prosecco (for £5.95). Spritz for £5.95

Jamie’s Italian
Jamie Oliver’s chain has spread out very quickly all over London and although menus vary from restaurant to restaurant, Aperol Spritz is served in most branches. The drink menu includes Aperol Spritz, Bellini Spritz (Prosecco, Soda and Peach) and Rossini Spritz (Prosecco, Soda and Strawberry). Spritz from £6.70

La Bottega
It’s a shop, it’s a take-away, it’s a cafe, it’s a restaurant. This deli company sells typical Italian food and now has quite a few shops across the city. Spritz for £6.50

Pizza Express
The popular pizza chain has succumbed to the power of the orange-coloured alcoholic drink too. They serve the drink with a personal touch: their Pizza Express Aperol Spritz adds a fresh strawberry on the top of the traditional drink. Spritz for £4.45

Other recommendations from our readers that you can try include:

Blessing’s, 76 Commercial Street, E1 6LY

Dock Kitchen, Portobello Docks, 342-344 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5BU

Osteria San Lorenzo, 22 Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge, SW3 1NH

Stories, 30-32 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ

The Galvanisers Union, 2 Devas Street, E3 3LL

The Ivy, 1-5 West Street, WC2H 9NQ

You might also like: London’s best Italian restaurants

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  • nuvolavinz

    Venice: Spritz for £1.50.

  • nadz

    Olivio, The Cut, near Southwark tube station.

    • Kat Submerge

      Can’t find this branch. Thought they were all near Victoria station.

  • Chris

    The Larrik Marylebone, The Hillgate Notting Hill

  • The Camp Anarchist

    You’ve left out Blessings in Spitalfields, where they serve one of the best spritz in town (the prosecco they use is a top range one, from Veneto…a must-try for spritz lovers…)

  • Xenia

    No sign of the Brits Spritz by Kamm and Sons British Aperitif? Had a delicious one at The Salt House in St Johns Wood.