Here at Secret London HQ, we love anything quirky, secret or slightly obscure and we certainly love bars. Here’s a little roundup of some of the quirkiest and most exciting drinking spots in our lovely capital.
1. TT Liquor
Nobody wants to end up in jail, but what if we told you you could come and go as you please and drink as much booze as you like? TT Liquor on Kingsland Road is an old Victorian police station, converted into a three-storey haven dedicated entirely to high-quality liquor and damn good cocktails. If you were just walking past, you’d probably mistake it for a humble old liquor store (and we wouldn’t blame you) but, lo and behold, if you had just popped in and made your way downstairs, you could have been drinking cocktails in converted jail cells or becoming a mixology mastermind. TT Liquor is more than just a store or a bar, it’s a bit of history and a whole lot of fun. Find out more about their cocktail classes and tasting experiences here.
17B Kingsland Road, London, E2 8AA
With an ethos all about living off the land, this bar puts British sustainable ingredients at the forefront of everything they do. Boasting a stripped back menu of only 10 cocktails, expect produce such as beetroot and carrot in your beverages, as well as an ever changing daily menu! Any products left over from cocktail making are used in their selection of bar snacks so nibble on small plates of lamb carpaccio alongside their selection of natural wines.
93 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HZ
3. Jailhouse Bar
Innovative cocktails in a jail cell where the Kray brothers were once held? Hell yeah. It’s definitely not going to be your standard evening out as this bar places you in its Grade II listed prison cells, complete with cell doors, exposed brick walls and padded seating. Here you can sip on a Scran, a concoction of tequila, tabasco and worcestershire sauce or indulge in a Toblerone Martini mixed with cacao cream, frangelico and Kahlua.
335-337 Old St, London EC1V 9LL
4. Flight Club
Now, this bar maaaaaay seem like a setting for an old creepy horror movie but bear with us here! This carousel themed bar is all about fun, cocktails and a good round of darts. You heard us, this bar is revolutionising darts from a game that your grandfather used to play to a social event with friends. Expect sharing platters, cocktail slushies and party shots to really get your night going.
55 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1BS
Any place that boasts three floors of wine is a place that has already won our heart and this new Tudor style wine bar promises well-selected wines by the glass or bottle. Housed in a former pub, this impressive looking building is from the renowned family responsible for the Chateau Margaux wine estate in France… so we know the wine is going to be wonderful.
44 Blandford Street, Marylebone, Central London, W1U 7HS
6. Bobby Fitzpatrick
Expect to take a step back into your nan’s living room with this 70’s inspired cocktail and pizza haunt. The decor in this place is so scarily accurate, it’ll have you second guessing what time period you’re in. Go for the banana cream pie and stay for the heavily rum based cocktails and deep fried pickles.
273 West End Lane, London, NW6 1QS
7. The Mule Bar
Another one that’ll blast you to the past, this bar is any interior lovers dream. Literally. Expect all those 60’s vibes in this hidden bar downstairs from The Holy Birds restaurant. With two rooms offering classic cocktails as well as bespoke numbers crafted by the cocktail maestro Salvatore Calabrese. Known as one of the world’s leading bartenders, you’re sure to find a tipple of choice sooner rather than later.
94b Middlesex St, London E1 7EZ