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Experimental Cocktail Club in SoHo.
Experimental Cocktail Club in SoHo.

Food & Drink

London's secret water holes

The US Probation Era may be long gone but London has picked up a taste for the aesthetics and ambience of its speakeasies. Quality drinking holes, manned by expert mixologists, hiding in secret locations, without street signage and sometimes open only to pre-booked guests in possession of a special password can now be found in most areas.

Purl

Find the secret password (look for it on their website) and step into Purl, where innovative bartenders use aroma, fogs, airs, foams and specially created servicewear – all to make your order a truly unique multi-sensory experience.

Purl

50/54 Blandford Street, London

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Lounge Bohemia

A slippery metal staircase between a kebab shop and a newsagent leads down to this speakeasy that serves tasty canapés and even tastier molecular drinks in a basement space inspired by Communist-era Czechoslovakia.

Lounge Bohemia

1e Great Eastern Street, London

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Experimental Cocktail Club

Experimental Cocktail Club

Come here for the plush interiors (on three floors in an old Soho townhouse) and expertly mixed cocktails. If you’re ready to splurge, sample their impressive range of rare vintage spirits.

Experimental Cocktail Club

13A Gerrard Street, London

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Milk & Honey and Danger of death

Start your evening with cocktails at Milk & Honey, an excellent Soho member’s club that opens its bar to non members by reservation until 11am, then head over to Brick Lane where the same owners operate Danger of Death, a tiny late-night drinking spot with great cocktails and great music. Just don’t forget to book ahead.

61 Poland Street, London

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Danger of Death is located at 202 Brick Lane, London

Nightjar

This award-winning and all but impossible to find speakeasy serves an extensive list of poetically titled cocktails (Name of the Samurai, Beyond the Sea) to the tunes of a live jazz band.

Nightjar

129 City Road, London

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