Secret London Cocktail Bars You Must Visit – Part 3
Whether it’s a bloody mary, old fashioned or a creative concoction mixed by a mad mixologist. When it comes to letting your hair down, nothing beats sipping on a cracking cocktail in a chilled setting. At Like Locals, we’ve been searching for the most secret London cocktail bars for you to try. You’ve already had a taster in part 1 and 2, in part 3 we have some more amazing places where you can sip some special cocktails.
Experimental Cocktail Club
Chinatown is a bustling area popular amongst tourists and locals searching for a taste of Asia in the heart of London. The streets are lined with amazing eateries and shops selling all kinds of treats from the far east. Hidden behind a shabby looking black door amidst the hustle bustle of Gerrard Street is the Experimental Cocktail Club. A secret speakeasy missed by the masses but loved by London’s most in the know locals. This Bohemian bar is set over three dimly lit floors to a backdrop of chilled music. When you combine this with the magnificently mixed drinks on the creative menu, it’s easy to see why it’s renowned as one of the best cocktail bars in London. Don’t just take our word for it, make sure you pop down and experience the magic of Experimental next time you visit London.
Details: 13a Gerrard Street, W1D 5PS | Mon-Sat 6pm-3am, Sun 6pm-midnight
Located a stone’s throw away from Embankment tube station is Cellar Door, a tiny cocktail bar, which like the drinks it serves packs quite the punch. To enter, head down an inconspicuous looking staircase on Embankment, at the bottom of which great vibes and cocktails await. The decor is quirky, consisting of relaxing purple seats, mirrored walls and dim lighting. To top it all off, they have live music and amazing cocktails, which elevates the already excellent ambience. Its awesomeness doesn’t stop there, it even has regular cinema nights showcasing movies both classic and new. The team behind this spot have squeezed so much fun into a surprisingly small space. So it is no shock that since opening, it has become a massive hit amongst London’s cocktail loving community. So if you’re in London, head down to the Cellar Door, choose a cocktail off the extensive menu and join in the fun.
Details: Zero Aldwych, WC2R 0HS | Open weekdays 4pm-1am, Sat 2-5pm, 6pm-1am, Sun 4-7pm/7pm-1am
The King of Ladies Man
The Breakfast Club is a popular spot for those looking for the perfect food to fuel up at the start of the day. However, the Battersea branch is home to The King of Ladies Man, a secret cocktail bar where London’s knowledgeable night owls unwind. Similar to the secret cocktail bar located in Spitalfields, the entrance is obscure and only accessible if you know the secret password. To get closer to the cocktails head inside and look for the laundrette located towards the back of the space. Finally, tell the staff member that you’re here to “See the king”, and they’ll slide the secret door to let you in. Adorned with gold, the decor resembles a layer of a 1970’s ladies man or King. If you’re impressed already, then wait till you try some of the cocktails on offer. Through experimentation, the mad mixologists have crafted a menu that is simple, yet spectacular. Take a look and if you can’t decide what tickles your fancy, just ask someone behind the bar and they’ll fix you up something you’ll love. They also serve some amazing food, so grab a bite to soak up the booze.
Details: The Breakfast Club, Battersea Rise, SW11 1HG | Open Tues-Thurs, 5pm-midnight, Fri 5pm-1am, Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-10.30pm
Looking Glass Cocktail Club
Hackney is full of fun places where you’re guaranteed to have a good time. Some are well known, others are well-kept secrets you have to seek out. The Looking Glass Cocktail Club is one which definitely fits into the latter. Head inside this space and you’ll find yourself surrounded by mirrors. Within this cocktail bar is the entrance to another secret cocktail bar. To get in, head over to the bar and push the mirror on the right-hand side. The will reveal an amazing cocktail bar whose decor is a beautiful amalgamation of vintage and Victorian. The dim lighting adds to the ambience, whilst the cocktails on offer are superbly satisfying, and will no doubt have you salivating for more.
Details: 49 Hackney Road, E2 7NX | Open Sun & Mon 5pm-1am, Tues-Thurs 5pm-2am, Fri & Sat 5pm-3am
In the centre of London’s iconic square mile is Smithfield, one of the largest wholesale meat markets in Europe. For 800 years this has been a hub for livestock trading, but after dark, it’s a place where London’s most ardent cocktail enthusiasts meet. This is because hidden beneath the meat market is Oriole, one of, if not the most secret cocktail bar in London. To get inside, it’s important to be alert and have all your senses ready. The entrance is an aluminium door which has a sign above it. If you can’t see it then listen out, you’ll hear a hissing sound which will lead you to this secret cocktail bar below. This particular bar has decor and cocktail menu which represent exploration. So you can take a world tour via cocktails, whilst jamming to jazz music played by a live band. I mean come on, what’s there not to love.
Details: East Poultry Avenue, London Central Markets, EC1A 9LH | Mon: 6pm – 11pm, Tue-Sun: 6pm – 2am