10/26/2012 01:57:00 PM

Where to Do Aperitivo Hour in London

The British have 'after-work drinks,' while the Italians - who have the ability to make everything seem more glamourous - have aperitivo hour. Every night from about 6-8 PM Italian bars are buzzing with people eating, drinking and unwinding before dinner. Thankfully the trend is catching on. Here are five places to enjoy the Italian ritual of aperitivo in London.

Theo Randall at the InterContinental Hotel 
The permanent aperitivo menu in this central London hotel features cocktails made with Campari, Antica Formal and Aperol. Drinkers are served with a complimentary plate of anitpasti including prosciutto, salami, chunks of Pecorino cheese and fat green olives.

Pizza East Portobello 
Every Monday to Wednesday, the Soho House pizzeria serves a complimentary selection of antipasti to anyone who comes in for a drink between 5-7 PM. Drinkers can help themselves to a buffet on the deli counter, which includes beef carpaccio, lardo and pear crostini, pizzette and grilled sardines as well as Italian meats and cheeses.

Apero 
The bar menu at the recently opened bar and restaurant in South Kensington's Ampersand Hotel is designed to be shared. Small plates including aubergine and goats curd, cured ham mikados and pata negra are served at dinner time as well.

Banca
A new aperitivo menu launches next week at Banca in Mayfair and will be available from 5-7:30 PM every Tuesday to Friday. On the menu: cocktails and light snacks such as picked button onions in raspberry vinegar, salted cod fritters and pizzette with anchovies and tomato.

Market Quarter 
Every Thursday from 5:30-7:30 PM locals and wine lovers gather at this chic deli for The Belgravia Aperitivo. For £15 everyone is served two glasses of wine (something different each week) as well as cheese and charcuterie.

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