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Description

Based in the riotous Headquarters of the secret society that ran Victorian London, The Escapologist is styled as part ‘modern day Victorian men’s club’ and ‘part Masonic lodge’. Partying like it's 1899 seven days a week, the focus is on memorable times with great drinks in an outrageous space.

Legend has it that in 1898 party fiend and general vagabond Baron Von Took fled to London shrouded in scandal. With little to his name but his skills of cunning and a questionable reputation he battled for survival from one day to the next until his erratic behaviours landed him a date with the gallows. His final wish being a drink in one of Covent Garden's numerous brew houses, from which he promptly escaped. His following days were spent in hiding, rebuilding his power base. This new phase saw him galavanting with the stars of the time from Disraeli, to Brunel, Dickens to Nightingale, Tesla and Shaftesbury. By now he had adopted an almost mythical reputation as a heroic party goer and evader of the realm. Since history has a way of smoothing rough edges, his moniker over time became ‘The Escapologist’.

 

 

Info

Door Charge may apply
Happily Affordable ££
Covent Garden
21
No music
None
None

Hours

Day Open Close Notes
17:00 00:00
17:00 00:00
17:00 00:00
17:00 00:00
17:00 00:00
17:00 00:00
17:00 23:30

Location

The Escapologist
35 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LD

Area:
Central London

Nearest station:
Covent Garden (Tube)
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Our Review

The Escapologist Covent Garden - London Bar Review

The Escapologist Covent Garden - London Bar Review

Shrouded in myth and mystery, the latest experience on Adventure Bars' list of pearl jams comes the secret London party den, The Escapologist. Styled around the scandalous and fiendish figure, Baron Von Took, who famously escaped from imprisonment...

Read our full The Escapologist Covent Garden - London Bar Review review

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Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-09
by on February 22nd, 2018
3

Solid happy hour cocktails music was great as well! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-21
by on February 22nd, 2018
5

Really great venue, cocktails were amazing. Will visit again! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-21
by on February 22nd, 2018
5

Even though the place was packed it was a brilliant with great service, delicious cocktails and a fabulous atmosphere. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-17
by on February 21st, 2018
5

We had a great night and made use of the amazing HH from 5-7pm - great tasting cocktails (especially the Parma violet) for a good value! The table size was a little smaller than expected, so do check with the venue if ordering food also! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-10
by on February 21st, 2018
4

Great atmosphere with delicious cocktails. Definitely worth a visit! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-20
by on February 21st, 2018
5

We celebrated my brother's 40th birthday at this wonderful venue, where the staff were amazingly caring. Fantastic decor and vibe. Can not recommend highly enough. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-16
by on February 20th, 2018
5

Great place for drinks! Had a really good evening with friends in a booth Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-16
by on February 19th, 2018
5

Great little bar with lovely cocktails. Quirky and cosy feel to it. Good happy hour offer. Will definitely be returning! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-16
by on February 19th, 2018
5

Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-10
by on February 19th, 2018
5

Loved it. Cocktails perfectly made Only downside was getting to the bar as so busy Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-17
by on February 18th, 2018
4

Great Happy Hour. Unfortunately no tables as they were all pre-booked. It can get quite busy and there isn't really anywhere to stand. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-17
by on February 18th, 2018
4

Really great evening with a booth. Great that you can book and redeem the deposit. Would recommend for birthday celebrations. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-16
by on February 18th, 2018
5

Excellent cocktails - so good to be able to book a table for drinks ! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-16
by on February 17th, 2018
5

Was our first visit and it lived up to all I had hoped for. Great place, great drinks, fast service (for a cocktail bar), good booking system and food looked good too! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-14
by on February 16th, 2018
5

First off the escapologist website link to the location on Google maps wasn't correct - it leads you to Belgo down the road and it then took us 15 minutes to find the place. Secondly upon arrival my group was really surprised to witness the floor manager completely belittle and tell off the young lad on the entrance for a confusion about table numbers- incredibly unprofessional to talk to your staff like that in front of guests. The place itself is not anywhere near as classy and cool as the website would have you believe - yes it's underground and there's some decal stickers on the wall... But the food and drinks were really good and the atmosphere great. Although we didn't get table service for half hour the bar staff were very quick friendly and professional. Had a great night despite the mishaps Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-14
by on February 16th, 2018
3

Fantastic atmosphere and absolutely great host. Myself and my partner were welcomed in with a huge smile and great attitude and that's how it lasted for the whole night through to us leaving. 100% we will be going back ;) Drinks are fantastic and service was quick definate thumbs up. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-14
by on February 15th, 2018
5

Very enjoyable. Delicious cocktails, good atmos. Sam the manager looks like that guy off Spooks. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-14
by on February 15th, 2018
5

I booked a table for dinner for what they charged me £25 (in case of no show they said on the phone). When we got there we had a table for drinks with no service, we even had to order or food at the bar. I was supposed to get my £25 back, but I forgot to mention it when paying... so I’m £25 worst off now. Very strange way of handdling the sercive... or a clever way to rip people off. The pizza was ok. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-13

Reply from The Escapologist

Hi There, I Am very sorry to read that you did not enjoy your experience with us. I would really like to hear more and be able to contact directly so please email me at laurence.s@adventurebar.co.uk so I can investigate thoroughly and respond directly so that we can make right of this situation. Very much looking forward to hearing from you. Laurence.
by on February 15th, 2018
2

Had a great night, staff were really friendly and kept the drinks flowing! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-10
by on February 13th, 2018
5

Great cocktails, cheerful and skilled bartenders, nice vibe while sitting in the vaults Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-11
by on February 12th, 2018
5

The cocktails were fabulous - we especially loved Love Potion no. 10 with it's unicorn-esque sprinkles and my favourite was the Baron's Smoking Jacket - complete with bacon! Yum! I reserved ahead and the little booth we were allocated was perfect for catching up with friends and the music wasn't too loud. Loads of buzzing atmosphere considering it was a Sunday night too. Happy Hour is great value and we will definitely go back! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-11
by on February 12th, 2018
5

Great way to spend a couple of hours with friends. Happy hour cocktails were brilliant and friendly bar staff and Manager Sam added to the fab night. Will recommend and come again. Thanks. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-11
by on February 12th, 2018
4

Very disappointed we had booked the table we were met and greeted taken to the table all very nicely done, we then had to go to the bar to order the cocktails, this was absolutely chaotic, i could not get served for 25 minutes leaving my partner sat at the table on her own, there was not enough staff behind the bar to cope with the volume of clients in the room, consequently i did not spend my booking fee and left very disappointed with my experience of the Escapologist despite friend's recommending it, i would suggest you run a waiter service at the week end to avoid this issue happening again. Kevin Ryan. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-09

Reply from The Escapologist

Hi Kevin, I Am very sorry to read that you did not enjoy your experience with us. I would really like to hear more and be able to contact directly so please email me at laurence.s@adventurebar.co.uk so I can investigate thoroughly and respond directly so that we can make right of this situation. Very much looking forward to hearing from you. Laurence.
by on February 12th, 2018
2

Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-10
by on February 11th, 2018
5

RESERVED A TABLE FOR DRINKS - EXCELLENT SERVICE FROM THE STAFF VERY FRIENDLY AND EFFICIENT Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-27
by on February 11th, 2018
5

Very friendly staff and they went out of their way to make our evening enjoyable. Everyone in out party had a great time Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-10
by on February 11th, 2018
5

The music is fab, pizzas are to die for and all the staff are amazing and friendly. It’s a brilliant place and I think one of the best bars in Covent Garden. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-10
by on February 11th, 2018
5

Nice bar but doesn’t get the basics right. Had to wait 15 minutes before being shown our table. Drinks orders took very long to arrive - not good when we wanted to make use of happy hour. Clumsy service - brought prosecco but then had to wait 10 minutes for glasses to drink it out of. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-09

Reply from The Escapologist

Hi Jonathon, I Am very sorry to read that you did not enjoy your experience with us and had issues with the service on the night. I would really like to hear more and be able to contact directly so please email me at laurence.s@adventurebar.co.uk so I can investigate thoroughly and respond directly so that we can make right of this situation. Very much looking forward to hearing from you. Laurence.
by on February 10th, 2018
2

This was our first girlie visit to The Escapologist. We booked ahead, which is a must if you want a table before 8pm. The bar staff were brilliant in helping us choose cocktails to our liking & all were delicious. Usual London prices but Happy Hour helps. The music and atmosphere were spot on. I would definitely come here for a date, drinks with the girls or even after work drinks. . Just don’t forget to use your £10 off like my mate and I did! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-07
by on February 10th, 2018
5

Great 2-for-1 Mojitos & Singapore Slings, can't go wrong. Friendly bar staff too. Would recommend! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-04
by on February 10th, 2018
5

No problems at all with booking, all the staff were lovely, good atmosphere and great cocktails. No complaints- the only reason it’s four stars is due to their pizza ovens breaking so we couldn’t get food but this is beyond their control and was communicated to me before arriving. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-08
by on February 9th, 2018
4

Excellent; the staff were wonderful and even though the Pizza Oven had broken we were able to source other Pizzas and the staff helped us to serve them to our guests etc... Great experience and even better music. All the bar staff were hugely attentive. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-08
by on February 9th, 2018
5

Very loud, very busy - table service was ridiculously slow (30-45 mins per drink). they missed a pizza off the order (we only ordered 6! not that many) which happened to be the birthday girls pizza so not great. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-20
by on February 6th, 2018
3

Great setting for delicious cocktails. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-05
by on February 6th, 2018
5

I booked for 15 people, and we all had a great night! Top cocktails, well priced, great location, great pizzas - lovely stuff! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-20
by on February 6th, 2018
5

Had a marvellous time at the Escapologist bar. The service was excellent and the cocktails excellent. Everyone in my party could not stop complementing on what a great venue the bar was. Will definitely be returning very soon. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-02
by on February 6th, 2018
5

Excellent cocktails! Took awhile to come but they were very busy and worth the wait. Cocktail happy hour is a bargain especially in Covent Garden. Sam and his team were so lovely and welcoming. Fun night thank you xx Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-03
by on February 5th, 2018
5

Booked Escapologist for my birthday and wasn't disappointing. Great venue, the staff went out of their way to make sure we had a good night. Everyone was super friendly, pizza was excellent and prices are reasonable. Would definitely go again - just wish it was open later! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-02
by on February 5th, 2018
5

Fantastic atmosphere, good choice of delicious cocktails at good prices and very friendly service. Only thing I’d say is it did take about 30minutes to get served. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-03
by on February 4th, 2018
4

Brilliant service cocktails were gorgeous especially the roasted popcorn sour 1.. would recommend highly great night music and vibe. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-03
by on February 4th, 2018
5

Great atmosphere and an interesting menu of cockatils. The only sore point was the incredibly slow service, despite it being busy, they need more staff to help get the drinks out quicker to the tables as ours took 30 minutes to arrive. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-03
by on February 4th, 2018
2

Went for my brothers 18th birthday, great atmosphere. The bloke working on the front desk was hilarious, great host. Excellent drinks and fast service, couldn’t have been any better. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-03
by on February 4th, 2018
5

Great atmosphere and cocktails and garlic bread good too. Only gripe was that I wasn’t allowed to use my £10 introductory discount during Hapoy Hour even though the only advice on the email saidnot after 8 on a Friday - I thought this was very misleading . Tell it as it is please ! Introductory discount Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-02
by on February 3rd, 2018
4

Took too long to get served at the bar but other than that had an awesome night. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-02
by on February 3rd, 2018
4

Booked a table in advance and twice asked for a booth. We were given a very small table by the bar next to a walkthrough bit which was annoying. I kept getting knocked and the table next to us was spilling onto ours. Plus the guy supposedly looking after us didnt make much effort to move off people that were on a table, which he said he was going to clean but didnt. Overall not great. I think if you make an effort to book a table well in advance and have to pay a £25 deposit then you should be looked after Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-02
by on February 3rd, 2018
2

We are so glad we found this place.A great bar that has a ‘quality’ happy hour with friendly helpful staff. We will definitely return again soon. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-02
by on February 3rd, 2018
5

An excellent cocktail bar with cosy corners and great ambience. The really outstanding aspect is the staff - excellent bar people, and so friendly. Thank you! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-01
by on February 2nd, 2018
5

Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-01
by on February 2nd, 2018
5

We booked a table for birthday drinks and the team were able to squeeze our booking in (we hadn't pre-planned so were booking on the day!). Lovely warm welcome from the team at the door and the chap directing us to the table. We were seated in one of the booths. We had a 45 minute booking and our orders were taken quickly and we took full advantage of the Happy Hour. Cocktails were delicious. On our way out the security team were kind enough to give us directions to the restaurant we had booked. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-02-01
by on February 2nd, 2018
5

We had the best night at Escapologist! Such a great bar, with fun cocktails (and during happy hour they're ridiculously good value by the way), nice pizzas. Music was crowd pleasing tunes, so the bar had a really buzzy atmosphere. We had one of the booth tables past the end of the bar, in a golden decorated room which we loved. The staff were SO nice too. Especially the girl who made our cocktails behind the bar while telling me about her travels, and the waitress at our table who really made us laugh and couldn't have been more helpful. Loved it! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-25
by on January 30th, 2018
5

Gorgeous bar with a unique atmosphere. The bar staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-28
by on January 30th, 2018
5

The staff were very friendly but the bar was extremely busy and even though it was supposed to be table service we repeatedly had to go up to the bar to ask someone to come to our table to order more drinks, so that became a bit of an annoyance. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-19
by on January 29th, 2018
3

We had a fantastic night arriving at happy hour we got to sample a number of different cocktails all of which tasted great . The bar staff were friendly and invited us to help shake our cocktails. The atmosphere was fun, an amazing start to a great evening. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-27
by on January 28th, 2018
5

Cool bar, incredible drinks. We were in a group of 20+ and the staff were accommodating, friendly and made us all feel welcome. Great music - I will go back there soon! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-27
by on January 28th, 2018
5

I had my birthday drinks there and was very well looked after by the team. Creative and fun cocktails with great music. The one disappointing factor was one of the staff gave half our table to another group half way through my night - I didn’t feel I could say no, despite having paid for those tables for my large group. One of the team members apologised to me after I pointed it out, however by then it was too late to move the other group as I’d hurriedly said yes in the pressure of the moment. In future they should ensure all team members know who’s booked which tables to avoid that disruption to someone’s special night. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-26
by on January 27th, 2018
4

Having visited this establishment 2 or 3 times over the last year, I am on the whole, very impressed. Booking is essential. Staff greet you and show you to your table. Drinks are provided friendly and promptly by a dedicated member of staff. The dark chocolate negroni was stunning, but sadly no longer on their menu. The porn start martini is as good as they get. Not tried the food but have heard good things. Highly recommended. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-04-28
by on January 27th, 2018
5

Excellent ambience and the cocktails were delicious - the happy hour especially is such a great deal in London! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-23
by on January 26th, 2018
4

Loved the bar/ambiance and cocktails! Nice friendly staff too... Great place for after work drinks and will definitely be coming back for an evening with friends soon! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-18
by on January 25th, 2018
4

Overall the experience was very good, great cocktails, ambience and although the service was friendly and helpful, it took a long time for drinks to arrive during happy hour and overall seemed a little chaotic, particularly with staff floating around and irt seems unclear which member of staff was responsible for which tables/customer. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-23
by on January 24th, 2018
4

Bar was really busy but staff were lovely, great atmosphere and good drinks! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-13
by on January 15th, 2018
4

Booking a table in advance and paying a deposit doesn’t mean anything here. Waited 10 mins for them to sort the table to go in and it wasn’t, waiting again for it to be done. Then waited 30 mins to be able to order a drink and the full order not taken correctly. Finally all drinks arrived 50 mins after arriving. Certainly wouldn’t return and had we not paid a £25 booking deposit we would have left. Terrible. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-13
by on January 15th, 2018
1

A great night in a really cool bar. Sam, the general manager, really looked after us and made our evening extra special. we'd definitely visit again. The cocktails were fab too!! You need to book though! cant wait to come back :) Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-13
by on January 14th, 2018
5

Well what can I say, this was incredible. We got there during happy hour which resulted in 12 Mojito’s being bought. The staff where so helpful and the manager was amazing. Will recommend to all our friends. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-13
by on January 14th, 2018
5

Service wasn't great. Please kindly employ more staff on busy weekend nights. Table reserved from 5:45 - 7pm and we didn't get our drinks until 6:45pm. We had to chuck down our drinks. Only one waiter serving the vault and bless him we could see he was working really hard but please get more staff to cover busy nights. I've been here before and it's not like this. Please kindly improve on this. Otherwise fine and the cocktails were lovely as usual. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-13
by on January 14th, 2018
2

Fantastic night in a brilliant bar, can’t wait to return! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-13
by on January 14th, 2018
5

What a great night. Staff were amazing and made my leaving London drinks night so personal and were great with everyone. Would recommend the escapologist to everyone! Loved it there! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-12
by on January 14th, 2018
5

Ruined my birthday. Booked a table at The Escapologist for dinner to celebrate my birthday. Arrived early to enjoy some cocktails. Staff forgot to show us to the table, then we discovered it was half sitting, half standing!!!!!The manager’s solution was to blame his staff and move us to a larger table 40 minutes after arriving, allowing us only 1 hour to order, eat and drink. Ridiculous!! We could not escape fast enough!!!! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-12
by on January 13th, 2018
1

Great atmosphere, cocktails and people! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-12
by on January 13th, 2018
4

As always, I found the staff hugely helpful and accommodating... and of course the cocktails were as fabulous as ever... Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-11
by on January 12th, 2018
5

We didn’t stay, staff were not friendly and made ya feel like we should feel honoured to be in their bar. I also refuse to pay a £25 deposit when I’m only coming for a pre dinner drink. Won’t be coming again Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-11
by on January 12th, 2018
1

Booked for a leaving do at work, the staff where excellent, the table was really good, the drinks were super. The downside was the food, the pizza's were ordinary, also the lack of plates when your sharing is inconvenient and messy. But otherwise a good night. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-11
by on January 12th, 2018
4

Hi the visit could be improved if: My reserved table had a menu and chairs and I didn't have to look and find someone to supply these. There was a way to book with staff a future booking without phoning a separate number. The bar staff were very good natured and happy hour was reasonable. Thanks Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-10
by on January 11th, 2018
3

Friendly and helpful staff. We asked for one of the rooms to be opened so we could sit in a booth rather than on the high stools and that was no problem. Happy Hour is a good deal. The only real thing is that I wasn't that struck on the pizzas though they are definitely edible. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-10
by on January 11th, 2018
4

Bar staff were fantastic, nothing was too much for them, always service with a smile. The area that was set aside was not very good considering we booked very early. The area was used as a walkway for a private function which meant there was no space for dancing or chatting. On the whole enjoyable evening, shame about the space. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-15
by on January 9th, 2018
1

Fantastic night, really friendly and helpful staff, good pizzas and cocktails, my whole party really enjoyed themselves. Thanks to all who made our night! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-06
by on January 8th, 2018
5

I guess every venue has its purpose. If you're looking for a place to chat or have a first date, then I'd say go elsewhere. This is the opposite end of "speak easy". It's more of a night club. The music loudness seemed inappropriately high, and kept getting louder. My left ear is still ringing. Cocktails were ok. Bar staff know what they're doing. I'd go back, but only if I was a few cocktails in already... Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-06
by on January 8th, 2018
2

Great venue, lovely cocktails and a two hour happy hour, what more can you ask for. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-06
by on January 7th, 2018
5

Loved it - cocktails were amazing and the atmosphere was great. Highly recommend! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-06
by on January 7th, 2018
5

The staff deserve a special mention - so helpful and friendly, some of the best ever, nothing seemed to annoy them or be too much trouble. The atmosphere was fantastic as were the pizzas. Really really good in every way. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-06
by on January 7th, 2018
5

Music was a little too loud especially for tables near the speaker. Table service was slow especially when it was happy hour. Would be helpful to have a designated staff member working on table orders and making sure table service is being delivered. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-06
by on January 7th, 2018
3

Great drinks, although on the stronger side, which doesn't bother me! Nice atmosphere and great interior. Would recommend to book a table in advance. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-06
by on January 7th, 2018
5

Great tasting cocktails and fantastic welcome, however the service was below par. We had to go in search of someone to take our order, despite paying £25 as a deposit. Clearly a very busy night for them! Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-06
by on January 7th, 2018
4

Awesome venue! Great location, amazing service and delicious cocktails! Get there early in happy hour as it's great value for money. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-04
by on January 7th, 2018
5

We had a lovely time for a couple of cocktails. Drinks were really nice, service relatively quick and the athmosphere and music were on point. Only downside was a wobbly and sticky table. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-05
by on January 6th, 2018
4

Very cool place with good music. Nice Cocktails and friendly staff. Would really recommend. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-04
by on January 5th, 2018
4

great drinks, friendly staff, highly recommended. Visited The Escapologist on 2018-01-03
by on January 4th, 2018
5

Came here with a group of 20 for my birthday and we had a blast. Cocktails were incredible and everyone was very fun and friendly. Bit slow at times at the bar but the drinks were worth the wait! Have already recommended to friends! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-29
by on January 2nd, 2018
5

Staff were super friendly and really helpful. Bar staff were amazingly creative in cooking up some novel non-alcoholic ideas for non-drinkers. Really great vibes, awesome tunes. Great night out. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-30
by on January 2nd, 2018
5

Had a great night and a good reserved spot for my group. Great cocktails too Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-23
by on January 2nd, 2018
4

had a great time recommend. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-28
by on January 1st, 2018
5

Great night fantastic music!! Cocktails and music were Fab!!!! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-30
by on December 31st, 2017
5

Enjoyable first visit and great cocktails. The staff were lovely and friendly and the service was good. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-30
by on December 31st, 2017
5

Booked a table for 2 here assuming it was table service, but ended up waiting 40 minutes at the bar. Staff incredibly slow at making cocktails and there’s an apparent lack of any system behind the bar. Booked a table for 2 hours and barely spent even the deposit as couldn’t get served quickly enough! Cocktails were above average, but not worth waiting for. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-29
by on December 30th, 2017
2

Guy on the door was awesome but from then on it was downhill. Bar staff disinterested and farcical that you couldn’t use the £10 voucher I was mailed prior to going (yes, I know it was happy hour but I left feeling hoodwinked) As far as the atmosphere was concerned, it was ok but the music is louder than you’d expect for a cocktail bar. Ultimately, this is a concrete bunker of a bar with wood panelling screwed to the wall. Will I be going back? No. There are much more atmospheric bars in the area with nicer staff, better cocktails and cost about the same. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-28
by on December 29th, 2017
1

Staff were exceptionally friendly, polite and helpful and the cocktails were bangin!!!! First time we have visited The Escapologist but definitely not the last!! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-28
by on December 29th, 2017
5

Had a great night for my husbands 30th! Cocktails atmosphere, music all fab! The service was really good- not at all pretentious everyone was so friendly. The areas for private get together are brilliant. We shall definitely be back. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-23
by on December 27th, 2017
5

Nice fun place, great cocktails! Reason for a star missing was a) we asked for a fun table but were given a cove in an empty section of the bar which was a little lonely.(we moved to another table that became free) b) no one told us we had to go up to the bar to order so we were sat in the cove waiting for service for 15mins before I went to find out what was going on. Once we moved table and went to the bar everything was great. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-23
by on December 27th, 2017
4

Great cocktails, terrible choice of music. 2000 rnb, not at all in keeping with the decor. Also very very loud! Think the venue would benefit from some more tasteful and approproately volumes music, in keeping with the vibe of the decor and quality of the cocktails. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-23
by on December 24th, 2017
3

Good venue. Cocktail list a bit limited and unamiginative. Music too intrusive Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-22
by on December 24th, 2017
3

Cocktails are delicious and pizza is simple but tasty. However booking a table was a bit of a con as they took a £25 deposit which we couldn’t redeem on our drinks as we were asked to order those at the bar! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-22
by on December 23rd, 2017
3

Amazing! Went on a Tuesday night was busy but a great vibe. Drinks were really good especially the roller pisco had to wait a little while at the bar. Great for an evening with friends or a night out with your partner. Would highly recommend and will be coming back. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-19
by on December 20th, 2017
5

Great evening - Lovely cocktails and food, and a fun location. The only negative is that the bar gets very busy towards the end of happy hour, and the cocktails are not quick to make! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-19
by on December 20th, 2017
4

Unusual venue, quirky decor, interesting variety of drinks, we were surprised by the sweet pizzas which made for good entertainment. The main areas were unpleasantly loud and perhaps could be arranged better but our space in the Vault was comfortable. The savoury pizzas were delicious. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-19
by on December 20th, 2017
4

Interesting place and staff very accommodating. So so busy though and kitchen had to close when we were there. Bit awkward as we were booked for eating there. Cocktails were good though and staff were super. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-18
by on December 19th, 2017
3

Really cool venue and amazing cocktails! Loved the popcorn sours and definitely visiting again! Thank you Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-18
by on December 19th, 2017
5

Really good - happy hour great cocktails, huge pizzas and super friendly staff! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-18
by on December 19th, 2017
4

Really great night, loved the bar and the food. Ideal place for a Christmas catch up. My only criticism is that it took forever to order food as I had to join the cocktail queue and ended up waiting about 20 minutes just to do a quick food order so it would be great if there was a way to fast track this! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-18
by on December 19th, 2017
4

AS always great atmosphere, great staff and amazing cocktails Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-16
by on December 18th, 2017
5

Great atmosphere and happy hour 121 deal. Will definitely return soon Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-16
by on December 18th, 2017
5

We had our Christmas Party here, in The Vault area, on Friday the 15th and it was fantastic! The staff were brilliant, the music was great, the drinks were also amazing. We had quite a large group and they looked after us well. My communication leading up to the party was also great and they delivered us party that me and all my staff enjoyed! Thank you so much! Would definitely recommend! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-15
by on December 18th, 2017
5

Loved the place, music and cocy Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-16
by on December 17th, 2017
5

Great place!! Brilliant hosts and very attentive and friendly bar staff. We visited early for happy hour cocktails. This venue made for a great start to the night!! Will definitely visit again! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-16
by on December 17th, 2017
5

Amazing night, would definitely go back Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-16
by on December 17th, 2017
5

A great bar, with amazing cocktails! 10/10 playlist too! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-16
by on December 17th, 2017
5

We had the best night at The Escapologist - Abdul and Rob were so helpful and made our night an amazing experience. Thank you! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-16
by on December 17th, 2017
5

We were all 50+ so the music was a bit too loud. Fine for the target demographic, just not for us. Cocktails were good. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-15
by on December 16th, 2017
2

All staff were very friendly and helpful. They were particularly accommodating to us as a large group with a tab, providing us with wristbands and making all bar staff aware. They also make a cracking espresso martini! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-14
by on December 15th, 2017
5

My team and I planned our work Christmas party of over 70 people with Laurence at the Escapologist, and he took care of absolutely everything. He made sure our team had the best space, all the drinks we needed, and his main focus was that everyone in attendance had a brilliant time, which they did! Most importantly Laurence was always available for any questions we had leading up to the event, and he was very flexible and creative with any tricky things we knew we needed to make sure the party was a hit. On the night, Ashley and her team behind the bar ensured that our colleagues had a great time. Ashley was very attentive, making sure that we were nothing but happy from beginning to end. All of our food arrived hot and on time, and the staff were brilliant when we had last minute requests or amendments on the day of the party. Coming from a hospitality background myself, you know when people are good at what they do, and these guys were damn good. Massive thanks to everyone who was working on the night, my colleagues have been talking about the party all week! -Johann and team
by on December 15th, 2017
5

Great night, great staff and cant wait to go back Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-09
by on December 13th, 2017
5

The drinks and the service at the bar were great. The main issue was that I was expecting a lively cocktail bar vibe, however it felt like much more of a club, having to push through groups of people to get to the bar and although booking a table, having large groups of people surrounding us making it slightly claustrophobic. I suppose that's what should be expected on a Friday night in December in central London, but I would have preferred a more relaxed vibe. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-08
by on December 12th, 2017
3

Terrible. After trying to book a table for one hour I was told it was full so the lady on the phone suggested putting us on the guestlist to which I said yes. We then turned up at 5:30pm to be told they had closed the doors to guestlist due to an arrival of 150 people. If you knew you were expecting that many people at our time of arrival, do not offer us guestlist! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-11
by on December 12th, 2017
1

Had a wonderful time having pre Christmas cocktails before going on for dinner. Great atmosphere and really friendly staff ! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-07
by on December 11th, 2017
5

Great drinks, great venue, great music. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-10
by on December 11th, 2017
5

Great cocktails and amazing atmosphere. Will definitely be returning! Absolute gem of a bar. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-09
by on December 11th, 2017
5

Great atmosphere, great Cocktails, especially 2 for 1 happy hour!!! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-09
by on December 10th, 2017
5

Great place lovely staff ! Had the best birthday Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-09
by on December 10th, 2017
5

Beautiful place and amazing cocktails !! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-07
by on December 8th, 2017
5

Making a reservation was a little difficult. Received a voicemail asking me to call back. Called back and the person on the end of line couldn't tell me if we had a table for the evening and said someone would be in touch. After waiting a few hours and after emailing i decided to call again just to be told there were no tables which i feel could have been mentioned in the original voicemail or email. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-07
by on December 8th, 2017
3

Decent venue, only issue we had was our Prosecco reception was not made up prior to the event taking place. Other than that it was all good. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-07
by on December 8th, 2017
4

Escapologist was our first stop for our office xmas party. The staff was very welcoming, However there is no table service The cocktails where amazing in particular the midnight flower. After our dinner we returned as the restaurant was across the road. We hoped they would stay open a bit longer however our expresso martini was a great way to end the evening. Will definitely return again. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-01
by on December 7th, 2017
4

A great night organised with great service! The venue found ticked most of my boxes, which is pretty brilliant considering the time of year I needed it for. I would recommend The Escapologist for anyone looking for a fun, relaxed night out. The ballroom area was private and the staff were really attentive all night. Thank you all so much for helping me celebrate turning 3-0!! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-02
by on December 5th, 2017
4

Very good cocktails and really nice staff. Proper cocktails - not watered down like many places that offer them. Good music and good atmosphere. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-02
by on December 4th, 2017
4

Great service as always, hard to fault. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-01
by on December 4th, 2017
5

Wow! What a great night! Nothing too much trouble for the staff all really helpful and friendly. Great atmosphere Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-01
by on December 4th, 2017
5

We had our Christmas party at the Escapologist last Thursday evening. The venue is unique, quirky and in a great location! Our host Laurence was great throughout the whole booking process and was there on the night to ensure everything went smoothly, he was great fun and added to the atmosphere! Everyone enjoyed the food and drinks and I have had a lot of positive feedback from my team. Thank you Escapologist for a brilliant night!! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-11-30
by on December 4th, 2017
5

It was my 3rd visit there on Saturday and as usual we had an amazing time. I was with 4 of my friends and we were very well looked after! The staff were very attentive and the manager and the staff went out of their way to make our evening as fun as possible! Thankyou Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-02
by on December 3rd, 2017
5

From the doormen, to the waiters to the bar staff, we couldn’t have felt more welcomed at The Escapologist. We came to London for my partner’s birthday and this bar made his evening. Thank you for looking after us so well Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-02
by on December 3rd, 2017
5

Great bar with delicious excellent value cocktails in happy hour, which is every day! Very friendly Staff and great atmosphere Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-02
by on December 3rd, 2017
4

We had a fantastic time- all the staff were super friendly and chatty from the minute we got to the door to the time we left- it really made our night, and we'll definitely go back again! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-02
by on December 3rd, 2017
5

An amazing experience from ease of booking to a great drinks selection. Fab venue but the staff really made our night, the security guard through to the bar staff and waiters, everyone was so welcoming and couldn't do enough to help. Would definitely recommend and will return, thank you! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-02
by on December 3rd, 2017
5

Huge fun, wonderful staff, dazzling interior Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-01
by on December 3rd, 2017
5

The atmosphere was lovely, and on happy hour was responsible. However to charge £180 for a bottle of Jack Daniels Honey is unbelievable! It’s £25 in the shops at the moment. Should be ashamed of yourselves! For this reason had one drink then left. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-12-01
by on December 2nd, 2017
3

Disappointing!!! I paid a £25 deposit to have table service which we didn’t recieve. Our reservation was at 20.15 for 5 people. At 20.45 we still hadn’t been even asked what drinks we wanted, so one of our group had to go to the bar to order their drink. I had to get the attention of a staff member to come and take a drinks order to which he said 2 minutes and he would come back. As we waiting another member of our group went to the bar to order their drink. 21.00 and still no drinks order was taken, so again i had to get the attention of a different staff member to take an order which finally they did. 10 minutes later we finally had our first drinks. 50-55 minutes is not acceptable to wait for your first drink especially as we paid a deposit to have table service yet we had to go to the bar ourselves. We understand that it is christmas season and is very busy but that still is no excuse for that long to wait for your first drink!!! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-11-30
by on December 1st, 2017
1

Staff great, cocktails excellent and good value. If you are offering table service then you need tho sharpen up on this aspect. Had a table for an hour and had to wait 20 mins for service. Although Ashley was apologetic and offered a couple of drinks - (appreciated) not much time to drink them !! Still - A great place and will be back. 😀👍 Visited The Escapologist on 2017-11-30
by on December 1st, 2017
4

A really great experience and Happy Hour from 5pm-7pm made it even more special! So good to be able to book a bar space and have table service, it really made our evening. The service and drinks were 5 Star. Will definitely be recommended The Escapologist to my friends and family. Visited The Escapologist on 2017-11-25
by on November 30th, 2017
5

Another great visit. Special thanks to the lady who gave us a table in the tunnels when I’d accidentally booked the wrong space! Only thing that needs improving about this bar is the music in the private booths is often so loud you can’t hear each other and service is very slow, average drinks order takes 20mins to arrive. Happy hour is great though, one of the best in the area and being able to soak it up with pizza is a perfect fit! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-11-14
by on November 29th, 2017
4

Had an area reserved for my engagement drinks and it was great fun! Great bar, great food, great atmosphere and helpful staff. Thanks! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-11-24
by on November 29th, 2017
5

Friendly staff and great pizza. Loved it! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-11-28
by on November 29th, 2017
5

Had a great couple of hours here during happy hour! Great cocktails and really friendly staff. Only drawback was the bar was so busy, so had to wait a while to be served. We had booked a table and think that table service would be a really good idea, especially when there were plenty of staff milling around the floor! We will be back though! Visited The Escapologist on 2017-11-25
by on November 28th, 2017
5

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