London, one of the most famous cities in the world, still keeps a few secrets to itself…and those curious to go looking. Hidden in darkness and situated behind secret entrances, the big smoke is full of secret unique bars. For those looking for a little mystery, here are our top ten:
The Vault of Soho
Hidden behind a bookcase in the back of Milroy’s you will find The Vault. Designed in 2014 the basement of London’s original whisky specialist, previously rumoured to be the secret meeting place of the rich and famous, this award-winning cocktail bar is one to have your radar.
Hidden location: Through the Bookcase, 3 Greek Street, W1D 4NX
The Natural Philosopher
Round every street corner, you will no doubt stumble across a phone or computer repair shop. But there is something very special about The Macsmiths in Hackney. Hidden within this fully functioning Mac repair shop, you will find none other than The Natural Philosopher. This exquisitely decorated and cosy location has the most beautiful sunken bars that we have seen. One not to be forgotten.
Hidden Location: The Macsmiths, 489 Hackney Road, E2 9ED
Behind a secret door disguised as a towel shelf, in the back of an ordinary looking barber shop, you will find The Gobpsy. Wonder down the stunning staircase and you will find yourselves in a delightful 1920’s themed cocktail bar. With a team of expert bartenders and live music, this venue will transport you back in time.
Hidden location: 142 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 6BL
The Mayor Of Scaredy Cat Town
“I’m here to see the Mayor.” A phrase not many of us expect to say, especially in a café. However, if you happen to be in the Breakfast Club, this is a phrase the staff are all too familiar with. Upon announcing your request, you will be directed towards a SMEG fridge. Step through the fridge and you will find yourself in one of the most weird and wonderful of bars. With their eccentric artwork, and vintage feel, these guys are at the top of their game!
Hidden location: The Breakfast Club, Artillery Lane, E1 7LS
The Luggage Room
You arrive at a black door with an elegant door knocker. Tap the knocker, and the shutter will open. Recite your booking, and you will be welcomed into the luxurious world of The Luggage Room. A short walk down a winding corridor and you will arrive in a 1920’s style cocktail bar. Surrounded by polished marble and beautiful leather furniture, you will quickly forget the hustle and bustle of the outside world.
Hidden location: London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, W1K 6JP
Call Me Mr Lucky
With a name like this, how can you not be curious? Yet another fabulous location by The Breakfast Club, this playful bar makes the perfect venue for any celebration. With the tongue in cheek entry password ‘I’m here to get lucky,’ this is not for the easily embarrassed!
Hidden location: The Breakfast Club, 11 Southwark Street, SE1 1RQ
Looking Glass Cocktail Club
Step behind the “looking glass” mirror door, and into the world of the weird and wonderful. A menu full of innovative cocktails and unrivalled service, this Alice In Wonderland themed bar will be the highlight of your night. The execution of this venue is marvellous. Anything is possible here.
Hidden location: 49 Hackney Road,E2 7NX
The Bootlegger – East London
Speakeasy themed and delightful 1920’s décor, The Bootlegger provides London with a lavish cocktail menu, and carefully chosen live acts. With their genius and unique ways of serving cocktails, this premium location is perfect escape.
Hidden location: 25-26 Lime Street, EC3M 7HR
One of a kind style, this 1920’s Shanghai themed cocktail bar is modern and fresh, yet pays tributes to its routes. Enhancing the freshness of this bar, the ingredients list for their drinks and food changes seasonally. With a grand total of three bars split across two floors, serving their delicious Dim Sum, this bar is a must visit for all!
Hidden location: 15 – 16 Gerrard Street, West End, W1D 6JE
Discount Suit Company
From the outside, this misleading looking tailor’s shop, offering alterations whilst you wait. This tatty looking suit shop, is probably one of the last places you would look to buy your next suit, which is a good thing as it’s all a façade. Don’t let this distract you. Once you’ve spotted the small black door, head down into the bar. With a reasonably prices cocktail menu full of forgotten classics and fantastic concoctions, you will find your drink of choice that ‘fits’ in no time. The bare brick walls and carefully selected décor, pay a tribute to this former tailors stockroom.
Hidden location: 29A Wentworth Street, E1 7TB