We enjoyed compiling this so much we’re thinking of starting our own little Secret London speakeasy. So far we’ve got as far as the secret entry (tap 3 times on the lion’s head, spin around in a circle, shout ‘I’m a funky pineapple’ and cluck like a chicken).
1) Cahoots, Soho
Keep an eye out for the old-fashioned ‘To the Trains’ sign. Then, follow the stairs down the tunnel, and you’ll be in Cahoots, a retro London Underground bar. Styled on the 1940’s, the venue sports an entire replica tube carriage and endless TFL paraphernalia.
2) Singer Tavern, Shoreditch
A hushed up basement joint, Singer Tavern comes from super-successful bar specialists, 5cc. Just 5 cc’s short of a 70’s band, the group owns venues across London in Farringdon, Old Street, Exmouth, Bethnal Green and Old Street, so they probably know what they’re doing.
3) The Candlelight Club, Secret Location
A quick visit to the website of this 1920’s speakeasy will give you an idea of their coy vibe. They don’t even list event locations, and the email address provided is firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ve heard (nudge nudge wink wink) from our ITK friends over at Fever that they have a limited number of tickets available on their app, grab yours here.
4) The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town, Spitalfields
Editors’ pick for a great name alone, The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is another uber-trendy London speakeasy, just below The Breakfast Club. Entering through a SMEG fridge door, you’ll have to announce ‘I’m here to see the Mayor’ to get in. Apparently.
5) The Little Yellow Door, Notting Hill
Another one we’ve discovered through the crafty guys at Fever, The Little Yellow Door is a top secret house party, with amazing food from the same guys that brought us Supper Club.
6) Cellar Door, Covent Garden
A converted Victorian loo, Cellar Door is perhaps the smallest, cosiest, most trendy on our list. Don’t be fooled by size, though, 60 can fit inside comfortably. As they state on their website, ‘it’s a space just big enough for cats (both feline and human)’. Whatever that means.
7) Trailer Happiness, Portobello Road
A little-known bar, kitchen and den in West London with exotic drinks. An intimate venue, Trailer Happiness runs a Monday rum night and has a range of cocktails that are hugely inventive, without being hugely damaging to the bank account.
8) Experimental Cocktail Club, Chinatown
Just an unimposing, slightly battered looking old door in Chinatown, The Experimental Cocktail Club is a TARDIS of boozy playfulness set over 3 floors. We heard from a friend of a friend of a friend that you should try the Smoke That Rhino cocktail.