Cocktail Bar / Speakeasy
Party Earth Review Greeted at the battered, paint-speckled door by a man in a waistcoat, first-time visitors to Experimental Cocktail Club can hardly be blamed if they find themselves a bit skeptical, unless of course they’re already familiar with the cutting-edge Paris original. Located on one of Soho’s busiest and most tourist-laden thoroughfares ... more
13A Gerrard Street
London W1D 5PS
Party Earth Review An inconspicuous door adorned with a small plaque of Nightjar’s namesake bird is the only evidence of the stellar live music that awaits in this vintage-themed basement hideout – an ironic notion considering the nightjar’s call sounds like a fan belt slowly stripping off an air compressor. A swanky homage to early 20th ... more
129 City Road
London EC1V 1JB
Party Earth Review A trip to Lounge Bohemia begins with an appointment – a visit would likely be futile without one. Then there are the two simple but steadfast rules: no suits and no standing room. Finally, there’s the journey inside: through the unmarked door, along a hallway papered with old Czech newspapers, and finally down two flights ... more
1 Great Eastern Street
London, EC2A 3EJ
Party Earth Review While it’s true that prohibition-style speakeasies are nothing new, The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town may be the only one that’s accessed through a refrigerator. A retro SMEG handcrafted in Italy, to be exact, that’s inauspiciously tucked in the corner of the cozy American-style diner The Breakfast Club. After asking staff ... more
12-16 Artillery Lane
London E1 7LS
Party Earth Review City professionals visiting the Worship Street Whistling Shop may feel like they’re stepping back in time as they descend the stairs to this two-room wood-paneled bar. Curious couples and adventurous tourists find themselves in a Victorian-themed space, complete with flickering lights and a large glass enclosure that is ... more
63 Worship Street
London, EC2A 2DU63
Party Earth Review It may be signless and nameless, but 69 Colebrooke Row is anything but anonymous, and offers a stylish speakeasy atmosphere steeped in Old Hollywood class. The brainchild of cocktail wizard Tony Canigliaro of Isola and Camille Hobby-Limon of the Charles Lamb Pub, this small cocktail bar prides itself on its inviting yet ... more
69 Colebrooke Row
London N1 A88
Party Earth Review Whether the speakeasy trend is genius or just a tired gimmick, few could deny that the Prohibition spirit is in full force at Evans & Peel Detective Agency, a subterranean haunt where a 20s-era vibe is in effect 100% of the time. Once buzzed through the nondescript door, would-be guests enter a fake detective ... more
310C Earl's Court Road
London SW5 9BA
When the London fog rolls in, you might get a hankering for a quiet, unassuming den where you can drink a few old-school cocktails, and that’s when it’s time to hunt down one of the really cool speakeasies in London that of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, you gotta walk into.
One of the best-known speakeasies in London is no doubt the Experimental Cocktail Club in Soho. Greeted at the battered, paint-speckled door by a man in a waistcoat, first-time visitors to ECC can hardly be blamed if they find themselves a bit skeptical, unless of course they’re already familiar with the cutting-edge Paris original and the many ridiculously complicated cocktails that await inside.
Over in Islington, 69 Colebrooke Row may be signless and nameless, but it is anything but anonymous, offering a stylish speakeasy atmosphere steeped in Old Hollywood class. Visitors to Worship Street Whistling Shop, meanwhile, will feel like they’re stepping back in time as they descend the stairs to this two-room wood-paneled bar, while guests at Lounge Bohemia will feel like they’re stepping into Eastern Europe, from the hallway papered with old Czech newspapers to the lounge that combines an Eastern Bloc theme with a downright cozy atmosphere.
No matter where you end up, the speakeasies in London provide quality drinks and festive nights steeped in mystery.