Swinging London is one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities, offering a true melting pot of cultures. After spending a day touring the city’s most essential sites—like the Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Tate Modern Gallery and the London Eye—decompress at one of the city’s authentic Brazilian watering holes, where you can enjoy fruity cocktails, Latin rhythms and spicy food.

Guanbara

Guanbara specializes in Brazilian music, food, drinks and culture. It is open late seven nights a week and features live music and salsa dancing. On Mondays and Tuesdays, admission is free. Specialty cocktails include Caipirinha, Caipiroska, Mojito, Florida breeze, Carioca Punch, Flamengo, Lapa, Berry Martini and Vanilla Mojito. In addition, Guanbara offers an extensive selection of Brazilian wines which go well with the menu of traditional Brazilian food specialties, such as feijoada, xinxin de galinha, moqueca baiana de frutos do mar, picanha and peito de frango. Guanbara does not admit patrons under the age of 18.

Guanbara

Parker Street

London WC2 5PW

England

United Kingdom

+44 20 7242 8600

guanabara.co.uk

Las Iguanas

Las Iguanas has won acclaim from the likes of Time Out London and the Evening Standard for both its lively atmosphere and inventive take on traditional Brazilian cooking. Sit at the bar and nurse your Caipirinha while listening to rhythmic Latin music. Other cocktails of the house include Summer Berry Caipirinha, Classic Summer Sangria, Key West Cooler, Cherry Fizz, Pisco Sidecar, Passionfruit Sour, Pimms, Burnt Orange Bourbon and Spiced Mojito. Las Iguanas also stocks wines from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay. Mexico and Spain. You can also try beers from Brazil, Peru, Spain and Mexico. For dinner, try the xinxim, moqueca, sea bass con coco, ensopado de carne, Puerto Rican paella or calamares. Las Iguanas also offers a kids’ menu, featuring such favorites as tomato and cheese quesadillas, grilled chicken and fish fingers.

Las Iguanas

The O2

Peninsula Square

Millenium Way

Greenwich

London SE10 0DX

England

United Kingdom

+44 20 8312 8680

iguanas.co.uk

Sushinho

Sushinho offers an educational drinking experience, offering an unusual fusion of Brazilian and Japanese influences. Come for the food, or just hang out with a drink in the lounge. Cocktail specialties at Sushinho include the Brazilian Crush, Brazilian Coconut Martini, the Yellow and Green Japanese, Maria Mole, Chiclete con Banana and the Brazilian Candied Mule.

Sushinho

312-314 King’s Road

London SW3 5UH

England

United Kingdom

+44 20 7349 7496

sushinho.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Zach Feral has been writing and editing professionally since 2003. He has a B.A. in philosophy from the New School for Social Research in New York and pursued postgraduate studies at the Open University in the U.K. His writing has appeared in numerous international publications, including “Dazed & Confused,” “Artforum” and “Think Again.”

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