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The Best London Speakeasies

The Best London Speakeasies

The Best London Speakeasies

Consider this list of the best London speakeasies the sort of list that you really shouldn’t tell anyone about…

Only you actually should.

And so with no “ado” whatsoever, the best London speakeasies are –

Reverend JW Simpson | Located in what used to be the humble dwellings of an old clergyman, it metaphorically punches every chintzy cocktail bar in the face by letting its drinks to do the talking… | Goodge St, Fitzrovia, W1T 2QJ

The King Of Ladies Man | A secret 1970s bachelor pad styled bar (located, Russian Doll-style, through a hidden wall inside a launderette, inside The Breakfast Club restaurant) combining kitsch pink flamingo and bamboo decor with Southern American foodstuffs. | The Breakfast Club, Battersea Rise, Clapham, SW11 1HG

Barts | London’s worst kept secret, an eclectic speakeasy bar situated ‘somewhere’ on Sloane Avenue. | Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Ave, Chelsea, SW3 3DW

Experimental Cocktail Club | Hidden behind a scruffy, easily-missable door in the heart of Chinatown is this: a moody, legendary, Parisian, prohibition-style speakeasy cocktail den. | Gerrard St, Chinatown, W1D 5PS

Worship Street Whistling Shop | A quirky cocktail bar inspired by Victorian gin palaces and dram shops of old. | Worship St, Shoreditch, EC2A 2DU

Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town | Your knowledge of London’s underground, speakeasy-style cocktail bars is making you more popular than ever.  Which is saying something, because everyone loves you anyway. | Artillery Ln off Bishopsgate, E1 7LS

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Call Me Mr. Lucky | Expect to be led through a locked door, taken underground past a bustling kitchen Goodfellas-style, and then let loose inside a hidden dive bar shrouded in mystery. And tequila. Southwark St, London Bridge, SE1 1RQ

Purl | Purl: an old English drink consisting of warm ale, gin, bitters, brandy or milk, sugar and spices. Also, one of the best London speakeasies. | Blandford St, Marylebone, W1U 7HX

Blind Pig | A classic Soho speakeasy that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Thermo Nuclear Daquiri’s and Kindergarten Cup’s made from skittles-washed vodka and small plates from Jason Athertons downstairs restaurant, Social Eating House. Look out for the opticians sign. | 58 Poland Street, W1F 7NR

Evans & Peel Detective Agency | You’ll head to a secret entrance which – if you’ve made an appointment – will lead down to a softly-lit agency office, where The Detective will be waiting.. and then lead you through n a hidden door within the old dusty books on the shelves of his office. | Earls Court Road, Earls Court, SW5 9BA

Bar Nightjar | Nightjar is a bona fide speakeasy, complete with candlelight, conspiratorial whisperings, rose-tinted mirrors, leather chairs, live jazz and award winning cocktails. It’s also a bona fide contender for the best bar in London. | City Rd, Old Street, EC1V 1JB

Happiness Forgets | Let happiness remember, at a secret underground cocktail bar in Shoreditch. | Hoxton Square, Hoxton, N1 6NU

Callooh Callay | A bustling Victorian-inspired bar, inside which lives the actual, legitimate speakeasy wardrobe to Narnia. And by ‘Narnia’, we mean Callooh Calay’s dimly-lit, tropicalia inspired hideaway lounge. | 65 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY

BYOC Camden | Know what you deserve – a break from the modern world; from the 21st Century. And while we’re at it, you deserve a break from having to pay for cocktails too. | Camden High St, Camden, NW1 0JH (& Covent Garden, WC2N 4RB)

Ruby’s Dalston | Located under a large, lit-up cinema billboard currently bearing the words “Nothing to see here…” is basement speakeasy bar, Ruby’s. | Stoke Newington Rd, Dalston, N16 7XB


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