Ahoy there me rum-lovin’ hearties. On board the Secret London Galley, we’ve hit the decks of our great port’s finest rum bars just in time for #TalkLikeAPirateDay (19th September). You can betcha we’ve found the land to be plentiful with alcoholic treasure and we’re going to share them with you scallywags (if you make an oath not to go blabbing to yer land-loving pals).
For our mateys over in the East, you’ve got yerself some fine Caribbean loot at yer end (and you don’t need to sail the Seven Seas to get it). Cottons Rhum Shack, buried away on the upper floor of Shoreditch’s BOXPARK, is a rum filled paradise – there are 250 rums in their chest. That’s a lot of cocktails to get through, so you better hit the deck and start tonight. After a few stiff ones, you’ll sure to get to thinking yer back on a beach in the West Indies with Jack Sparrow.
48-49, Boxpark, 2-4 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6GY
2. Trader Vic’s
For ya fancy pants pirates (the ones amongst ya who like to shine yer boots and shower once a week), you’ll be happy to know that this wee place in Mayfair has some liquor in store for you. Inside the Hilton lair (hotel) on Park Lane you’ll find Trader Vic’s; a fine establishment that’s been servin’ its delicious exotic punch to captains and shipmates alike since it first opened its doors. And the wooden Tiki bar will have you feeling as though you’re back aboard the Golden Hind.
22 Park Ln, London W1K 1BE
3. Chesterfields, Mayfair
This is as posh as it comes, me hearties. Your cap’ain has seen nothing on Chesterfields – it makes his quarters look like an old brig. And you’ll be spoiled for choice too. They serve up this mystical thing called a ‘sharing’ cocktail, a ‘healthy’ take of Pina Colada. We pirates have yet to come across these foreign meanings, but assume these are things the land-loving folk of London enjoy. (Although we wouldn’t share a cocktail with any of our crew, unless we were keen to get a fresh infection of smallpox). They also have a Molecular Cocktail menu, which includes the Old and New Era Mojito.
35 Charles St, London W1J 5EB
4. Nola, Shoreditch
5. The Rum Kitchen, Soho
Another haven on land dedicated to the sweet nectar that is rum. This fairy light heaven in the mysterious land of ‘Soho’ twinkles brighter than the stars on a cloudless night at sea. And The Rum Kitchen is better, because it has a (somewhat) endless supply of rum. They also serve up some pretty finger-lickin’ jerk if yer belly’s grumbling and ya in need of some grub.
Kingly Court, Carnaby St, London W1B 5PW