In celebration of National Margarita Day on 22 February, The Resident has tracked down some of the best margaritas in town to help you plan your happy hour…
1 Ella Canta, Mayfair
Ella Canta is London’s first super-luxury Mexican restaurant and bar, lead by star chef Martha Ortiz. Bringing modern authenticity to this celebrated cocktail, Martha and her bar team have created a Margarita Menu with five Patrón Tequila cocktails – a permanent fixture on their cocktail menu.
One Hamilton Place, Park Lane W1J 7QY; ellacanta.com
2 DF/Mexico, Soho & East London
DF/Mexico serves margaritas three mouth-watering ways: classic, raspberry & hibiscus, and passionfruit. Each one includes a double shot of 100% agave tequila, so these are not for the weak. DF/Mexico has branches on Tottenham Court Road and at The Old Truman Brewery, as well as the odd pop-up.
Old Truman Brewewry, Hanbury Street E1 6QR & 28-29 Tottenham Court Road W1T 1BL; dfmexico.co.uk
3 Cafe Pacifico, Covent Garden
Cafe Pacifico in Covent Garden was awarded Best Margarita in London 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 at the Tequila and Mezcal Fest’s Margarita Rumble. So there you have it, it’s official! Their margarita is served with either Ocha Blanco Tequila 2018 Las Presas, or Ocha Reposado Tequila 2018 Las Presas.
5 Langley Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9JA; cafe-pacifico.com
El Camion has a huge selection of margaritas, including the classic Tommy’s. The sunny atmosphere brings London a taste of Baja California and Northwest Mexico. This Margarita Day, their basement Baja cocktail bar, The Pink Chihuahua, is ideal for celebrating with a little salt and lime.
25-27 Brewer Street, Soho W1F 0RR; elcamion.co.uk
5 Cantina Laredo, Covent Garden
Cantina Laredo offers up traditional Mexican food and drinks. Their signature margarita is the ‘Casa Rita,’ with Casa Ambar 100% Agave Blanco Tequila and fresh lime. There’s a Purist Margarita for those who love a classic. Most mouth-watering, perhaps, is their freshly-squeezed Watermelon Margarita for a true taste of Mexican summer.
10 Upper St Martin’s Lane, St Martin’s Courtyard WC2H 9FB; cantinalaredo.co.uk
6 Mestizo, Camden
Mestizo has one of the largest displays of tequila in the whole of the UK, affording them a diverse selection of margaritas. Some of their signature flavours include cucumber, jalapeno, ginger, and classics like strawberry or lime. And if you’d like to train your tequila palette, they have a tequila tasting menu, where flights of different tequilas are served with a red and green sangria palette cleanser.
103 Hampstead Road, Camden NW1 3EL; mestizomx.com
7 Tequila Mockingbird, Tooting, Clapham Junction & Putney
These lively little bars serve up plenty of innovative Mexican-themed cocktails, including four margaritas – the classic, the blackberry, the mango and chilli and Tommy’s Margarita, made with tequila, fresh lime juice and agave syrup.
8 Tequila Tex-Mex, Notting Hill
Bright and lively, Tequila Tex-Mex, just by Hyde Park, serves frozen margaritas by the glass or pitcher. Better yet, they have daily specials for margarita and meals, making this spot delicious and on budget for even the most frugal diners.
19-21 Notting Hill Gate W11 3JQ; tequilatex-mex.co.uk
9 Barrio, various locations
Barrio has been mixing mouth-watering margs in locations all across London for years, from Barrio Central in the heart of Soho, to Islington, Shoreditch and Brixton. They keep their margaritas simple and classic to preserve the drink’s signature tartness, and even better, they come at just £5 during ‘Amigo hour’.