It seems that every successful bar in London has some sort of USP. Whether that be outdoor dining inside, a bar hidden in the back of a bookshelf or simply completely crazily themed… all us desperately edgy Londoners are looking for a bar with something a little extra. No one wants to insta a pint of Stella from their local Weatherspoons after all.
For those 4 days of sunshine us Londoners experience a year, pub gardens across the city are flooded with thirsty patrons. Don’t let the fun stop as soon as the sun goes in. Blixen, located in Spitalfields Market, is a jungle-chic paradise serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a tempting cocktail selection for when you’re not in the mood for food. All the charm of outdoor dining without any of that gross fresh air or bugs around your food vibe. What could be better?
65A Brushfield St, London E1 6AA
2. Mr Fogg’s Tavern
Part of the Inception Group aka the minds behind a lot of London’s alternative bars, this fun stop is themed against the travels of Victorian explorer Phineas Fogg with lots of wonderful curiosities on the wall to keep one entertained during one’s stay – speaking like a Victorian you see? With separate rooms for Aunt Gertrude’s Salon and Gin Parlour, (where we suggest one gets onto the telephone machine and reserves a table in advance) this unusual yet exquisite bar/restaurant is ideal for a trip back in time.
58 St Martin’s Ln, Theatreland, London WC2N 4EA
3. The Schoolhouse
This school themed bar/restaurant complete with lab coats will transport you back to your school days (the good parts not like getting picked on by Lissy James by the bike sheds and everyone KNOWS you only fell over cos you weren’t looking and she was MASSIVE for a year 7 but yeah anywaaaay)… regardless, this place is pretty kewl. And don’t worry, the food is MUCH more appealing than the school dinners you’re used to with tempting selections of meat boards, ribs and headmasters big breakfast as just a few examples of the many options you’ll be given in this multiple choice menu.
4. The Last Tuesday Society
Also known as Viktor Wynd’s Museum of Curiosities this boutique of all things strange may make you feel like you’ve stumbled into the home of some loopy – i mean eccentric – old collector. The bar itself is hidden within this astonishingly weird museum with exhibits such as the taxidermy academy and menagerie at the museum. You’ll marvel at the electrically curated cocktails and dream-inspiring drinks.
11 Mare St, London E8 4RP
A disused air-raid shelter renovated into a post-war blitzing 40s themed bar hosting jazz, swing, lindyhop and even an excitingly named electro-swing evenings this bopping underground inspired bar gives you all the fun of the tube without any of those pesky commuters! Boogie on down on a Saturday to attend one of Cahoots’ squiffy picnics for an uniquely British and boozy afternoon!
Kingly Court, 13 Kingly St, London W1B 5PG
6. Zigfrid Von Underbelly
Disorder is the order of this electrically light neon wonderland. Serving as a live music venue, underground club, restaurant and bar make sure you bring your shades to this Shoreditch hot spot. Pub food classics with a Zigfrid twist are dished up as well as a cheerful happy hour with 2 beers for £6 or two cocktails for £10. The decoration and design of the joint has that sort after bar-on-acid vibes. Definitely an exciting place to visit if you feel like something unique. If you fancy listening to some live music, they run regular events, including Shake Your Bones on 30th July. Entry is £5 when you buy here with Fever (and you get a complimentary cocktail on arrival).
11 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
7. Looking Glass Cocktail Club
As the name may imply this slightly fancier cocktail club comes from the Speakeasy variety. Hidden away behind a secret mirror (get it, LOOKING GLASS!!) this cocktail den is a highlight for the trendy Shoreditch crowd. With fun interior design and a cocktail list that you simply can’t resists, well at least that we can’t resist… this funky low-lit bar with it’s plush leather sofas will make all of your hipster wishes come true.
49 Hackney Rd, London E2 7NX