This UK capital isn’t short of watering holes. In fact, there’s one for every occasion. You can sip pints in historic pubs, go alfresco with rooftop bars or if you’re feeling fancy, you can seek out an ultra-exclusive secret bar to spend the evening in. Here is our round up of the very best ‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-them’ bars in London:
The Mayor Of Scaredy Cat Town, Shoreditch
Any visit to The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields is enough to write home about, with their iconic menu serving up everything from the breakfast classics right through to alternatives like disco fries and buffalo wings. But the best part of your visit will be after you declare to the staff that you’d ‘like to see the mayor’ as the Smeg fridge door will open and you will enter The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town, a very secret bar.
The Mind Palace, Shepherd’s Bush
Disguised as an opticians in the middle of a shopping centre, all is not as it appears as this façade is actually home to a Sherlock Holmes-themed bar. Step from the luminous shop floor into the dark world of espionage where you will discover mind-bending cocktails and fun detective-inspired games.
Discount Suit Company, Spitalfields
Located at the intersection between the London’s workplace hub, ‘the city’ and the trendy part of East London, this bar can be found full of a wonderful mix of punters. The exterior may give the illusion of an abandoned factory but enter and head underground to discover a world where punchy cocktails are served in a dimly lit hangout.
Milk & Honey, Soho
It’s been a London institution since opening in 2002, thanks to the incredible cocktails. A discreet members bar that non-members can access by booking a place at the basement or ground floor bar before 11pm. As long as you obey the house rules (which include things like not lingering outside of the door) you’ll have yourself a merry old time.
The Lucky Pig, Fitzrovia
Celebrating the very best of the 1920s, this speakeasy bar is all about kicking back and enjoying the finest cocktails. As a soundtrack of live music fills the air, let the rhythm tempt you to take to the dancefloor.
Barts, Sloane Square
Ironically coined as ‘London’s worst kept secret’, everyone knows that Barts is a great place to go for an unforgettable night out. Encouraging you to party like it’s 1929, this bar is all about the era of fun. Swing by when it’s board game night or try your hand at a cocktail masterclass.