Neil Frame 07/01/70

5cc City of London

It has been scientifically proven – by actual scientists – that “the element of surprise” makes life more exciting and fun.


Clearly, scientists are sometimes wrong. However when it comes to supposedly treating your date to a pint and a packet of nuts in a pub before surreptitiously leading them downstairs into an industrial, dimly-lit cocktail lounge – and swapping their warm ale for a Prohibition Milk Punch – then they’re also, sometimes, right.

Welcome to 5cc, a new subterranean drinking den unexpectedly nestled in the basement of Farringdon Street’s ex-print house turned public house, Harrild & Sons. One for the City boys and girls – largely by virtue of the fact that it’s in The City – this is the sort of clandestine, underground date spot that’s going to attract illicit encounters like moths to a flame.

And The City ain’t short on those, eh!

Illicit encounters. Not moths.

Although predominantly a cocktail bar serving thirst-quenching potations like the Pisco Inferno, Montenegro Fizz and the Current Affairs (a cheeky concoction of redcurrant vodka and white chocolate ganache), 5cc have also curated an impressive collection of rare and sought-after whiskies from around the world, from Japan to Kentucky, and bottles of Champagne – including a Dom Perignon at a cool £230 a pop.


Totally got you that time.


NOTE: 5cc is open Tuesday-Friday from 5pm-late (2am Fridays). They accept walk ins, or you can reserve a table (booths take up to six people) on their website HERE.

5cc | Below Harrild & Sons, 26 Farringdon Street, EC4A 4AB

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5cc City of London

Below Harrild & Sons, 26 Farringdon Street, Farringdon, EC4A 4AB
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