8-9 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
Once again this east London speakeasy has held its own among the big-budget heavyweights of the global bar industry. The underground space continues to be one of the most reliable hideouts for great drinks, with efficient service and fun, relaxed vibes. Owner Alastair Burgess insists Happiness Forgets is just a fun bar that serves great drinks, but there’s no doubt that he keeps standards right at the very top. The lighting at Happiness Forgets is spot on, creating a moody, fun and relaxed buzz in a space where you can always expect world-class drinks. It remains one of the few neighbourhood bars that people travel from around the world to visit, which is impressive for a venue which was opened a decade ago on a budget of just £25,000.