Cocktail parties in the Vaults.
It’s a recipe for tunnel vision.
But one that’s certainly worth risking, because come October, the retro underground-themed drinking den that is Cahoots is expanding out of their vintage tube carriage, and upgrading to an entire warren of train tunnels underneath Waterloo for a one night only, cocktail-fuelled, vintage-bedecked soirée.
Dressed to the nines in Blitz era garb, you’ll make your way through the graffiti-daubed tunnel tucked behind Waterloo station before saying your goodbyes to the modern age and entering a raucous, 1940s-styled den of iniquity, checking in at the ticket booth for a glass of Champagne to help you on your way.
Through one doorway you’ll find a secluded whisky snug, full of old fashioned armchairs and Old Fashioned cocktails, while another leads to a post-war styled coffee shop, serving up espresso martinis and the cockney warblings of sing-a-long maestro, Tom Carradine. Turn down another route, and you’ll stumble across a retro dancehall, with DJs spinning electro-swing into the early hours, alongside swing dancing and live music from the Victory-roll sporting Hotsie Totsies and dapper Dixieland jazz sextet, The Shirt Tail Stompers (including a double bassist who has been known to crowd-surf).
And of course throughout the evening, you’ll be able to hit up the bars for Whitstable Bay Beers, spirits, and the impeccable cocktails from the sharply suited Cahoots barkeeps, which will, believe it or not, be completely free, all night long, as will the typical Blighty fodder of fish fingers and sausage rolls floating around…
So there’ll be no need to ration yourself.
NOTE: The Underground Knees Up takes place on 6th October, 7pm-2am. Tickets cost from £75 and include free food and drink, all night (but prices go up the later you book). You can get hold of them HERE.
ALSO NOTE: We are also running a competition next Tuesday to win 4 shiny tickets. Watch this space…
Underground Knees Up | The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN