The Escapologist

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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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Lovely and helpful service xx visited The Escapologist on 19 Sep 2017
20 Sep 2017 by
5

Always a fun night. Great atmosphere visited The Escapologist on 19 Sep 2017
20 Sep 2017 by
5

It was brilliant! The drinks and atmosphere were both great! visited The Escapologist on 15 Sep 2017
19 Sep 2017 by
5

Can't fault the cocktails or the food, however, the service left a lot to be desired. I appreciate it was 5pm on a Saturday, and this is a very busy time - but don't offer dinner reservations at peak time if it cannot be fulfilled. I had booked a table for dinner and drinks and pre-paid a deposit to do so, for a special evening out (anniversary) and was left extremely disssapointed by the whole experience. We waited 20-30 minutes to even be served at our table (which we had to ask if we were going to be able to place an order), ordered our food and drinks - our food arrived before we received any drinks, no one checked back on us, no one asked if we wanted any other drinks - cleared our table when we had finished without even asking if everything was ok. We asked a male (who we later found out was the manager) for our bill, 10 minutes passed, nothing. Eventually I got up and had to ask to speak to the young lady who had seated us (training assistant manager - who was actually very nice to us; the only positive I have from the whole visit is that she was lovely to us). Now, I know a cocktail bar offering happy hour between 5-7pm on a Saturday is always going to be extremely busy - but we were told as we had booked a table that we would receive table service, otherwise I would happily have gone to the bar. All the time we were sitting down, we were hovered over by a group of women trying to join our table as the place was full. Started as 2 but ended up being 8 of them all putting drinks down on our table and generally trying to take over. Eventually I had to ask them to move as I had booked this table for dinner. I had booked the table for 5:30-7:15pm, in the entire time had one drink each, extremely poor service (read: no service at all) which is a real shame as I had such high expectations. The lady we spoke to to voice our complaints was lovely - very apologetic & understanding, and took our food off our bill. Appreciated, but not enough to salvage our experience. Would I return? Unsure. Certainly not ever on a Saturday. visited The Escapologist on 16 Sep 2017
18 Sep 2017 by
2

Amazing cocktails and service, the music was too loud where we were seated though made it quite hard to talk comfortably. 100% recommend still visited The Escapologist on 16 Sep 2017
17 Sep 2017 by
4

Complete shit show! I definitely could say it was a confusion being American and not understand the British way of table service and going to the bar to place the order. That was never explained to me 1. When I was written about the deposit. 2. When I arrive to the bar. - it was only explained to me after waiting 15 minutes and then having to track down a female hostess-in front of the GM and having her literally roll her eyes at me- as I asked for service. The GM did come by and take our drink orders and explained the procedure but I was just annoyed by the whole procedure. When the GM drop off the drinks he told my bf- that the drinks were on the house but when I closed out- that wasn't the case at all. Positive- drinks are good- happy hour- lovely Cons- horrible service/ rude staff/ overly crowded/ they don't know how to structure the layout of the bar to make it efficient. Ebony visited The Escapologist on 16 Sep 2017
17 Sep 2017 by
1

The cocktails and pizza were delicious, and came almost instantly after ordering them. The only downside to this place is that we had to sit at the table (we booked a table for dinner) for 40 minutes waiting for a waitress. Finally we gave up and ordered our pizzas at the bar. visited The Escapologist on 14 Sep 2017
17 Sep 2017 by
4

Highly recommend this place if not for the opulent surrondinds, then for the great staff and atmosphere. Really chilled and cool place to spend an evening. Thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere. Staff were really friendly and attentive and it felt they were there to enjoy themselves as we were. Happy hour between 5 and 7 made doubling up on drinks worth it. Will look forward to my next visit! visited The Escapologist on 15 Sep 2017
16 Sep 2017 by
4

Great cocktails, table booked available and ready. Great pizzas, hot and tasty, didn't wait long. Staff very friendly. Good value especially with happy hour visited The Escapologist on 15 Sep 2017
16 Sep 2017 by
4

Terrible. Don't book this place for a date! Like a student bar on a Fri night. visited The Escapologist on 15 Sep 2017
16 Sep 2017 by
1

Good fun and great drinks. Table was only available for an hour and a half though and not really anywhere to stand with our drinks after that! visited The Escapologist on 15 Sep 2017
16 Sep 2017 by
3

Waitress was innatentive. We had to ask for our drinks twice, we then had to ask for the bill three times before it was brought to us. Not impressed with service at all. visited The Escapologist on 15 Sep 2017
16 Sep 2017 by
2

the 5-7 pm happy hour is amazing! bit more seating inside would be great though. friendly bartenders. visited The Escapologist on 14 Sep 2017
15 Sep 2017 by
5

I love the cocktails and the service at the escapologist. This the best place for happy hour cocktails in London. visited The Escapologist on 14 Sep 2017
15 Sep 2017 by
5

I had booked a table here to celebrate my sister's birthday. The Escapologist has been on my list of places to visit for a while now, as it looked like a great intimate, interesting venue with a quirky feel to it. On our arrival, we were greeted by two extremely friendly and helpful members of staff on the door. However, as soon as we were taken downstairs, we soon realised that it was not what we were expecting. Despite having booked a table, we were told that as it was so busy, there would be no table service available to us. It was incredibly busy! Consequently, we had to queue up at the bar and wait for half an hour to get a few drinks!! (No exaggeration) By the time we got our drinks, we had about ten minutes to drink them all, because our table was booked for another group. Overall, it was a very disappointing experience and not the type of service I expected, especially considering it was a special occasion. I would definitely recommend against going here on a Friday or Saturday, as it seems the venue and staff simply cannot cope with the demand. visited The Escapologist on 08 Sep 2017
13 Sep 2017 by
1

Great venue and service. The cocktail menu could be more adventurous but it's a great hideaway in Covent Garden. Definitely go back again. visited The Escapologist on 11 Sep 2017
12 Sep 2017 by
5

Perfect way to spend a birthday - great cocktails and really cool vibes from the bar! visited The Escapologist on 11 Sep 2017
12 Sep 2017 by
5

The manager in charge was brilliant! The place is nice, the tables slightly small. It's pretty busy and loud, so if you want a quite one, this isn't the place for you. Aside from that services was excellent. visited The Escapologist on 09 Sep 2017
10 Sep 2017 by
4

We had a great visit, I would highly recommend! visited The Escapologist on 08 Sep 2017
10 Sep 2017 by
5

No instruction left by the man that took us to our table to advise if it was table service or not. Was crammed into a corner table and people that hadn't booked the table stood extremely close and used our table to hold their glasses/leave their empty glasses. My cocktail wasn't great, tasted like lemon water, but my friend really liked hers. Not sure I would rush back to be honest! visited The Escapologist on 09 Sep 2017
10 Sep 2017 by
2

The music was uncomfortably loud for the seating area - we had to shout to be heard. The drinks were great and it wasn't too busy for a Saturday night. visited The Escapologist on 09 Sep 2017
10 Sep 2017 by
3

Slow service but we weren't in a rush. Great atmosphere, great drinks, great night visited The Escapologist on 08 Sep 2017
09 Sep 2017 by
4

Nice place, bustling atmosphere, Music far too loud, left sooner than expected due to not being able to have a conversation without shouting into eachothers ears purney12341 visited The Escapologist on 07 Sep 2017
08 Sep 2017 by
3

great welcoming and service. Great drinks. visited The Escapologist on 07 Sep 2017
08 Sep 2017 by
5

This bar has the worst service I have ever experienced. If you order a drink from table service then expect at least a 30 minute wait for it to arrive. A couple who were sat across from my table had the same experience. There are many other better bars in the area so I would not recommend wasting your time with this one. visited The Escapologist on 02 Sep 2017
05 Sep 2017 by
1

Fantastic service and quality drinks! visited The Escapologist on 04 Sep 2017
05 Sep 2017 by
5

Really good service, great atmosphere and lovely cocktails. Deepa visited The Escapologist on 01 Sep 2017
05 Sep 2017 by
5

Awesome cocktails, our booking was managed really well. We had a slight mix up with payment but the manager on duty sorted it out for us very quickly. Great night - reccomended! visited The Escapologist on 01 Sep 2017
05 Sep 2017 by
5

Booking this place was an ordeal. Nobody replied to my emails or calls for days and the employee who talked to me was very rude. We were told that this table would include table service but had to ask three different employees before anyone took our drink orders. When the drinks arrived they had gotten the drinks orders wrong and completely forgotten one drink too. I will not be going here again. There are many other better bars in Covent Garden. visited The Escapologist on 02 Sep 2017
04 Sep 2017 by
1

Great spot for my 30th birthday. The bar is very trendy in decor and the music is loud enough to have a dance but not so loud you can't hear yourself speak. The staff were really really fun and looked after us. The reservation was managed well and we had a nice table. Cocktails are super tasty. visited The Escapologist on 01 Sep 2017
04 Sep 2017 by
5

Great spot for my 30th birthday. The bar is very trendy in decor and the music is loud enough to have a dance but not so loud you can't hear yourself speak. The staff were really really fun and looked after us. The reservation was managed well and we had a nice table. Cocktails are super tasty. visited The Escapologist on 01 Sep 2017
04 Sep 2017 by
5

From our host (Bob) to our bartender, we were made to feel exceptionally welcome. The drinks were an outrageously high standard and, at two-for-one, staggeringly good quality. Honestly one of the best bar experiences I've had in London. visited The Escapologist on 02 Sep 2017
04 Sep 2017 by
5

Great cocktails - but some of the worse service I have ever received. You pre pay for bookings - so they know you are definitely coming and they still can't get you a drink inside 30 mins. There are lots of staff but more wondering around having a chat than delivering cocktails to the tables. Advice to the bar - if you can't offer decent table service, don't offer it at all. Get rid of the paying for reservations most people annoyed around us wanted to leave but couldn't due to fact they had paid. visited The Escapologist on 02 Sep 2017
03 Sep 2017 by
1

Great atmosphere. Amazing cocktails Highly recommend visited The Escapologist on 02 Sep 2017
03 Sep 2017 by
5

Fantastic Cocktail bar in a great area of London. Lively, chilled out atmosphere In a nicely designed room. Drinks and iozza were excellent as was the service visited The Escapologist on 02 Sep 2017
03 Sep 2017 by
5

The Escapologist is always lovely: lots of room, gorgeous cocktails, nice, friendly staff, and good music (not too loud!) Been three times in the last 2 months and it's been great fun each time. visited The Escapologist on 17 Aug 2017
03 Sep 2017 by
5

Great night, cocktails were amazing! Will definitely be back! Thanks :-) visited The Escapologist on 01 Sep 2017
02 Sep 2017 by
5

Really good value for money. Nice staff! Great music! Wish we got a better space to interact for 15 people! visited The Escapologist on 30 Aug 2017
31 Aug 2017 by
4

Our night was fabulous. The young lady who waited on us was full of energy, very kind and made the night really! Didn't know her name but she was from Romania. The cocktails were tasty and very different. A great evening! Thank you. We are two couples in our fifties and this was an escape from reality!!! visited The Escapologist on 26 Aug 2017
29 Aug 2017 by
5

First visit to the bar. Booking process was to request a time/date online but with a callback to confirm and collect a £25 deposit. I don't mind paying a deposit at a push as I know no-shows are becoming a problem in the restaurant industry, but better for me if I can do it online as part of booking, as taking calls during the day can sometimes be a pain. Onto the venue, service was fantastic and the happy hours offers make excellent value for very good and imaginative cocktails which all offer a decent mix of alcohol which many other "premium" venues seem unable to manage! The acoustics aren't great so a very excitable party of screaming banshees threatened to leave us with both earache and headache, though fortunately their migratory path gave respite with a brief visit. The bar area isn't great for peaceful conversation or relaxation though so bear that in mind. I still don't quite think lively should =noisy. We'd also booked to dine, it's pizza or nothing though! Again, a small but imaginative range of toppings and the pizzas were tasty and a good size. But it's this aspect that gives the greatest grumbles. When I booked (and confirmed by phone) it was to dine, though were seated in the bar area which has high tables and stools. There is a quieter area with normal tables and booths which was open after we arrived, which really should have been where we were seated - as it was a first visit though we didn't know about it until too late. Second grumble was blunt butter knives for the pizza! With the high polished table, and pizza on a metal tray, let's just say it was quite a fight to cut up the pizza... Despite the grumbles, it's a good venue with great cocktails, good food, brilliant service, and good value. Tidy up the bookings, provide decent knives, and seat in the right area, it could earn a 5 star for me! Aaron visited The Escapologist on 22 Aug 2017
29 Aug 2017 by
4

Great atmosphere, music, decoration and drinks selection. visited The Escapologist on 27 Aug 2017
29 Aug 2017 by
5

Great vibe. Great atmosphere. Great service! visited The Escapologist on 27 Aug 2017
28 Aug 2017 by
5

Really poor service and mediocre cocktails visited The Escapologist on 26 Aug 2017
27 Aug 2017 by
2

Great Cocktails and service, friendly atmosphere visited The Escapologist on 25 Aug 2017
27 Aug 2017 by
5

Music too loud in booths, couldn't hold a conversation and waitress couldn't hear our orders! Singapore sling too much syrup, the Bombay Collins was overly sour. The Parma violet cocktail was pretty weak in skill and creativity and the gin and tonics served rather dull for a soho bar and the price. Also, I was trained to free pour and every shift i was tested at the start and end to ensure my pours and my count was always correct. That being said, the free pouring was not by any means close to being correct. The gin and tonic was at best half a shot as he tried to be cool and make four drinks at the same time. Little bit of thought and professionalism would have gone a long way and would have stayed a lot longer! Pizzas were good, garlic pizza bread wasn't tasty at all! visited The Escapologist on 26 Aug 2017
27 Aug 2017 by
3

This is he third time I've been and loved it just as much as the first time. Best cocktails ever! And very yummy pizzas too. visited The Escapologist on 25 Aug 2017
26 Aug 2017 by
5

Always great service and attentive staff. Great food and drinks. visited The Escapologist on 25 Aug 2017
26 Aug 2017 by
5

Excellent cocktails. Cool bar & atmosphere. Table service a little slow but super nice waitress made up for it. visited The Escapologist on 25 Aug 2017
26 Aug 2017 by
4

Great experience, fantastic BYOC happy hour cocktails visited The Escapologist on 09 Aug 2017
24 Aug 2017 by
5

We had an amazing time - the service was fantastic and the cocktails out of this world. Happy Hour is brilliant value for central London. Definitely be back !! visited The Escapologist on 19 Aug 2017
21 Aug 2017 by
5

Good night was had by all except the table service was very slow visited The Escapologist on 19 Aug 2017
20 Aug 2017 by
4

I booked an area for 20 people and was given a good spot with plenty of room for my friends. There was table service but at times it was a bit slow and 2 people's orders were forgotten. Overall a really great venue and would go again! visited The Escapologist on 19 Aug 2017
20 Aug 2017 by
4

Booked a table for my hen night for happy hour cocktails and had a great time! Nice friendly atomsphere, attentive staff and lovely cocktails. Would definitely come back visited The Escapologist on 19 Aug 2017
20 Aug 2017 by
5

Had such a great time last night was in town today and popped in for a cheeky 'Zombie' with hubby.. lovely pre before theatre.. visited The Escapologist on 18 Aug 2017
19 Aug 2017 by
5

Still good service, great cocktails just a tad too sweet, good pizza too visited The Escapologist on 18 Aug 2017
19 Aug 2017 by
5

Another fantastic evening, this time with my best mate. The most fabulous welcome at the door and the best service in town. Twice in two weeks for me. Cocktails are sublime and the pizza they do here compliments the cocktails, who would have thought?.. a Ski meet with the girls and a cheeky date night with my husband will be amongst my next visits.. big shout out to all the bar staff, waitresses and waiters and of course WALES xx visited The Escapologist on 18 Aug 2017
19 Aug 2017 by
5

Sloppy service with the reservation at the door upstairs, and handover to downstairs- sent us downstairs, but no-one greeted us to show us to our table for 10 minutes. Slow service. Took 30 minutes from sitting down to getting our first drink - 40 minutes in total from the time of our reservation. Ordered the same drink twice - was excellent the first time, but very poor the second time. I should have sent it back, but with the slow service, would never have been able to leave. Patrick visited The Escapologist on 17 Aug 2017
18 Aug 2017 by
1

Great cocktails and the staff were very friendly. Appreciated the hostess helping us find a table when one became available, she was extremely helpful. The pizzas were also great. Only thing I would suggest is creating some more standing area. If all the tables are taken, there is only one ledge to huddle around which becomes difficult. Thanks for a lovely evening! visited The Escapologist on 17 Aug 2017
18 Aug 2017 by
5

Really nice place for a mid week drink. I chose it for a first date and everything worked out well! Friendly staff and great cocktails. I'd definitely recommend. visited The Escapologist on 16 Aug 2017
17 Aug 2017 by
4

The service at escapologist was brilliant, we were well looked after. Waitress was very friendly and accomodating to dietry requirements. The music was a little loud to have conversations with friends but the music taste was pretty great. Enjoyed the food - to improve a bigger menu and more dessert options definitely. We wanted dessert after pizza but there was only sweet pizza choices! A mocktails menu would also be beneficial. Great setting, lovely evening. visited The Escapologist on 16 Aug 2017
17 Aug 2017 by
5

Great staff and service. Very friendly. Good cocktails!!! visited The Escapologist on 15 Aug 2017
17 Aug 2017 by
5

An incredible experience here last night, celebrated our anniversary with such a good atmosphere and the bar staff made the night flow perfectly ;) visited The Escapologist on 15 Aug 2017
16 Aug 2017 by
5

Excellent cocktails and a great atmosphere visited The Escapologist on 15 Aug 2017
16 Aug 2017 by
4

Lovely atmosphere, quick and tasty food, good value cocktails! visited The Escapologist on 15 Aug 2017
16 Aug 2017 by
5

Really cool place, lively atmosphere. We pre booked a table so had table serve but it took quite a while to get our drinks (15-20mins) It was very busy so we expected it wouldnt be fast but thought that was a little too long to wait. Would definitely come back and recommend to friends. visited The Escapologist on 12 Aug 2017
15 Aug 2017 by
4

The team at The Escapologist value relationships a lot, they called me to discuss my reservation. The happy hour was very worth it! visited The Escapologist on 12 Aug 2017
14 Aug 2017 by
4

What a great, buzzing, cocktail bar. We were given a huge welcome at the door and the team downstairs really made it a great couple of hours for us. Prices are very reasonable and even though we are rather older than the average customer we didn't feel out of place at all. visited The Escapologist on 12 Aug 2017
14 Aug 2017 by
5

Excellent drinks, good service and sensibly priced. visited The Escapologist on 12 Aug 2017
13 Aug 2017 by
5

Great atmosphere, perfect for girly catch up! visited The Escapologist on 12 Aug 2017
13 Aug 2017 by
5

Got in around 6pm and managed to grab a corner to settle our drinks down. Really enjoyed the cocktails and 2for1 happy hour. Bartenders and doorman were fun, quick, energetic and lovely. Thank you for a lovely night. visited The Escapologist on 12 Aug 2017
13 Aug 2017 by
5

Terrible night. Charged for service despite not having service for the majority of the night. Cocktails were ok but everything else was horrible. visited The Escapologist on 11 Aug 2017
12 Aug 2017 by
1

Fabulous evening! Really well.looked after by amazing staff who are super friendly and really helpful with tips on which cocktails to choose! Love the ambience! visited The Escapologist on 11 Aug 2017
12 Aug 2017 by
5

The cocktails were really good. However we waited longer as a result of having a waitress than if we had gone to the bar ourselves. visited The Escapologist on 10 Aug 2017
11 Aug 2017 by
3

So well looked after on our hen do at Escapologist - the service was really brilliant (especially from the lady who originally took our order), we really, really appreciate it! Thanks guys visited The Escapologist on 10 Aug 2017
11 Aug 2017 by
5

Such a good time :) the only thing that could have been better was where our table was but it was still a great eve :) visited The Escapologist on 10 Aug 2017
11 Aug 2017 by
5

Great atmosphere early Wednesday evening and friendly staff. visited The Escapologist on 09 Aug 2017
11 Aug 2017 by
4

Nice cool bar, busy...The table was booked at 7:15, however I arrived at 6pm and asked if its possible to get table earlier. Administrator was very kind and got me a table in few minutes - I was very pleased! The only issue we had that we were waiting very long for our drinks. I understand that its busy during happy hour, however to wait 30min for 2 cocktails its quiet disappointing. Perhaps more staff require during busy hours. Best of luck! visited The Escapologist on 09 Aug 2017
10 Aug 2017 by
3

I have to say I was not impressed with my last Escapologist visit. I was liaising with Laurence via email to get the discount card - which we never received while we were there. We did get the discount though until 9pm for the happy hour. We had the table booked from 6:30 and arrived around 6:45, and ordered right away. We didn't get our drinks until almost 45min later - I imagine we'd been forgotten as I could see other people being served. So not impressed with this. Also the Porn Star Martini cocktail wasn't as I remembered it, it had a slightly strange taste yesterday and also looked differently. I hope you'll find the feedback useful. visited The Escapologist on 09 Aug 2017
10 Aug 2017 by
2

No reception. No one to seat. Tables not cleaned after previous use. Cocktails okay, not much choice on menu, not very 'experiential' and bar staff don't look at ease with making them. Not quite sure why £25 is asked for in advance? That smacks of a bar not confident in what it does. All in all quite diappointing visited The Escapologist on 08 Aug 2017
09 Aug 2017 by
1

Really good night great cocktails ! Hard to get a drink at the end of happy hour but waitress did the best she could . Only negative was friend left her keys there she went up on the Sunday to find them was told they were not handed in but as she was on way home got a call to say manager had them , lost property unorganised she had to make two trips ! visited The Escapologist on 05 Aug 2017
09 Aug 2017 by
4

Went for cocktails before dinner to celebrate my children's 18th and 21st birthdays. It did not disappoint. It was a Monday night the atmosphere was great. The staff were lovely, friendly and looked after us beautifully. Great choice of cocktails with good recommendations if needed.We had a fantastic evening. Thank you! visited The Escapologist on 07 Aug 2017
08 Aug 2017 by
5

Great venue and great service! Was quite quiet when we first arrived at 17:30 but soon got busier and the venue had a brilliant atmosphere. We went for happy hour as cocktails are 2-4-1 for two of the same one so it didn't break the bank either. Absolute gem right in the heart of London. Will definitely be back soon! visited The Escapologist on 06 Aug 2017
07 Aug 2017 by
5

Lovely bar with a lively atmosphere. Really friendly staff who make amazing cocktails! Next time we will ensure to book a table further in advance! visited The Escapologist on 05 Aug 2017
06 Aug 2017 by
5

Very quirky venue, great drinks and nice pizza however I did say it was a birthday celebration and we were given a ledge. Very difficult to eat pizza on a ledge! Disappointed:( visited The Escapologist on 05 Aug 2017
06 Aug 2017 by
3

We reserved a table at the escapologist for my best friends hen do. We were late because the cabaret we attended started late, which was out of our control. We let the bar know as soon as we knewit would be ending late. When we arrived they had given our table away despite putting down a deposit for it and not intending to arrive late. They then said they would get us seated as soon as a table became available and never came to see us after that, let alone seat us. The drinks were good but despite the really friendly person helping me reserve the table the service was disappointing. visited The Escapologist on 05 Aug 2017
06 Aug 2017 by
2

Lovely bar in Covent Gardens, with impeccable service. The pizzas and cocktails were great! I have never received such good service from a bar before. The whole time we were there, the staff were checking on us to make sure we didn't need anything else and kept us topped up with drinks! I would definitely visit this bar again! visited The Escapologist on 05 Aug 2017
06 Aug 2017 by
5

This was a brilliant venue for my birthday. A big shout out to Matt and Noah for making it an awesome evening. Great music, great cocktails and a great crowd, not too young, chilled and relaxed. A great vibe. visited The Escapologist on 05 Aug 2017
06 Aug 2017 by
5

The cocktails and pizzas were amazing and I can quite honestly say I have not met more friendly, engaging or helpful staff everywhere else! Thank you for such a great experience in such a quirky and fun venue. We will be back! Hannah visited The Escapologist on 05 Aug 2017
06 Aug 2017 by
5

The perfect finish to the perfect day! The welcome at the door, the 'Welsh Man' that took us to the our table, the waitresses, the cocktails, the music and the amazing pizza.. ticked all the boxes and more. Maria from Surrey xx visited The Escapologist on 05 Aug 2017
06 Aug 2017 by
5

We had a fun time and the cocktails were great. The issue was that the place was very busy for the happy hour time period and we waited around 20 minutes plus for each order with the table service. visited The Escapologist on 05 Aug 2017
06 Aug 2017 by
4

We all had a fantastic time - please pass on my thank yous to the staff for being so attentive. The team were particularly flexible when more people turned up than expected and arranged an extra for table for us. Thanks once again! visited The Escapologist on 03 Aug 2017
06 Aug 2017 by
5

Great bar! The cocktails were amazing along with the service . Would definately recommend! visited The Escapologist on 04 Aug 2017
06 Aug 2017 by
5

Charming service, delicious cocktails. A really great find. I'm definitely going to become a regular! visited The Escapologist on 04 Aug 2017
05 Aug 2017 by
5

Friendly and attentive staff, cocktails were amazing and plenty to choose from. Glad we booked a table and will certainly visit again, especially at happy hour! :-) visited The Escapologist on 29 Jul 2017
04 Aug 2017 by
5

Great cocktails and great value visited The Escapologist on 03 Aug 2017
04 Aug 2017 by
5

Amazing cocktails and brilliant atmosphere. Definitely coming again visited The Escapologist on 03 Aug 2017
04 Aug 2017 by
5

Excellent cocktails, looking forward to visiting again and trying the pizza! visited The Escapologist on 28 Jun 2017
03 Aug 2017 by
5

The service was really poor - we had to ask staff multiple times to come and take our drink and food orders, and then on multiple occasions they didn't bring us what we had asked for when we eventually did order. One of our party was gluten free and on ordering pizzas she received one that was half the size of ours despite being more expensive which was bizarre. The cocktails and atmosphere were lovely but the evening could have been a lot better! visited The Escapologist on 02 Aug 2017
03 Aug 2017 by
2

Great fun! Gin cocktails particularly good. Will definitely be back. Nick visited The Escapologist on 02 Aug 2017
03 Aug 2017 by
5

Had a lovely evening in this cool bar. Delicious cocktails, fun interior, interesting pizzas, friendly staff (ask Steph to sing some ABBA!), and great happy hour! visited The Escapologist on 02 Aug 2017
03 Aug 2017 by
5

Hi, we had a table reserved at 5.30pm. It was our first time at The Escapologist. When we arrived there was no meet and greet person and therefore we headed to the bar. A friendly bartender acknowledged us and eventually showed us to our table. This did take a while as he was busy making cocktails. Our waitress gave us someone else's bill and our bill did take a while to get to us (and we had trains to catch!). It would also be helpful to clarify the exact terms of your free cocktail vouchers as this is a little unclear. Per person or one per table? To be used only when ordering from the bar? Other than these few hiccups, we did enjoy our evening. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. Pizzas were yummy. Great music. We will be back! visited The Escapologist on 02 Aug 2017
03 Aug 2017 by
4

Had a brilliant time! Super service! Great cocktails during Happy Hour! Will definitely be back! 5 stars! visited The Escapologist on 01 Aug 2017
02 Aug 2017 by
5

So I've just had the follow up from the Escapologist asking for a review! Mmmwwwaaahhhh!!!!. They've got a fair review from me i think... We went for my birthday drinks. I'd pre-booked a table for 12 & put down a small deposit that was taken off the drinks, which was good. We arrived in smaller groups, 3 of us turned up minutes after 7pm when the table was booked for. The door staff were great & stored our bags & coats for free. We then had to stand in the doorway & wait for our table. 15minutes later our server was ready to show us to our table. We had a great spot in an archway downstairs. Our server than disappeared. We waited an HOUR! to get served a drink! We ordered 2 cocktails each at this point & there was only 5 of the party there, we also ordered pizzas. The server was standing right next to me, she went round the table & took everyones orders, bar mine and started to walk off. We called her back & she preceeded to take an order from the table next to us before coming back. The drinks took a little while to turn up, however being cocktails i wasn't surprised & wouldn't have been that bothered if we hadn't have waited so long to be seated & then served in the first place. Drinks arrived & looked & tasted great. However the server had forgotten the bottle of water a friend had ordered in addition to her cocktails. Pizzas arrived pretty quickly & were really nice. However we'd eaten half our pizzas before we got cutlery & more importantly at this point, serviettes. My friend asked again for her water. Other friends turned up and we didn't have to wait so long to get them drinks, but we were ordering 2 at a time due to the wait between the server turning up (as our seating was out of the way which was good, we couldn't see the bar or the server unless she came round into the area we were sat in). My friend continued to ask 4 times for her water via anyone that would listen (an additional server started to assist with waiting on our table which made things better but by this time it was circa 3 hours after we'd got there - it was her that eventually brought the water). We did also ask not to pay the £43 service charge that had been added to our bill, which they took off without issue. Overall, a good quirky, busy bar and a good place to visit. Just grab a beer from the bar as you first walk in to keep you going & order your drinks in batches! Definitely try the cocktails & pizzas. Worth a visit. The majority of us said we would go back. visited The Escapologist on 28 Jul 2017
01 Aug 2017 by
3

Quality drinks even during happy hour. Well looked after by the waiting staff. Great atmosphere and pretty good pizzas Farrakh visited The Escapologist on 28 Jul 2017
31 Jul 2017 by
5

Great location, great ambience and great cocktails! visited The Escapologist on 30 Jul 2017
31 Jul 2017 by
5

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Escapologist. I pre booked a table and the venue was very diligent in confirming the booking and they even called to ask if I wanted to pre order drinks. The people on the door were very friendly and fun and we were shown to our table straight away even though we were early. The waitress serving us was attentive and friendly and it was only her second day. I will definitely be coming back and recommend to friends :-) visited The Escapologist on 27 Jul 2017
31 Jul 2017 by
5

Great atmosphere and I will certainly return again. visited The Escapologist on 25 Jul 2017
29 Jul 2017 by
5

Nice venue a little crowded and hot, but drinks were nice and staff were very welcoming:) visited The Escapologist on 22 Jul 2017
28 Jul 2017 by
3

The service was personal and very quick considering cocktails were being made. Lorenzo in particular was especiallly attentive and ensured that we were all happy with our evening. The atmosphere was great and very relaxed with the food also being super delicious! Our only complaint was having to leave as we had to work the next day! visited The Escapologist on 25 Jul 2017
28 Jul 2017 by
5

Great venue and happy hour. Love the little booths for a cosy drink with friends. Music not too loud either so perfect for a catch up! Well worth a visit visited The Escapologist on 27 Jul 2017
28 Jul 2017 by
5

Great service and great value visited The Escapologist on 22 Jul 2017
28 Jul 2017 by
5

Waiting staff seemed really busy and stressed even though it wasn't that busy. visited The Escapologist on 26 Jul 2017
28 Jul 2017 by
4

Really great service and delicious cocktails malloryfm visited The Escapologist on 22 Jul 2017
28 Jul 2017 by
5

I found this place whilst looking for 2 for 1 offers online on the Time Out website, and I had been recommended to go here by a friend. We went here on a Wednesday just after 5 (to hit happy hour!) and I loved the decor - which is really funky, and we stayed for 4 hours - staff were happy and skilful cocktail making - would be going again!
27 Jul 2017 by
5

Very good cocktails and excellent table service visited The Escapologist on 15 Jul 2017
23 Jul 2017 by
4

Great atmosphere. Service was slow and patchy. visited The Escapologist on 19 Jul 2017
21 Jul 2017 by
3

Great cocktails and place but music was very loud from 5pm which was annoying. We had to leave actually because of that. visited The Escapologist on 19 Jul 2017
20 Jul 2017 by
3

The cocktails are amazing and bar staff are great. However, we'd reserved a table for table service but never had the waitress come over so had to get them ourselves. Also took about 10 minutes for us to get seated because the staff were busy. Would still go back though. visited The Escapologist on 19 Jul 2017
20 Jul 2017 by
3

Always a great experience.. from your staff on the front door to the serving team. Easy no hassle booking. Great cocktails and fabulous surroundings. visited The Escapologist on 15 Jul 2017
19 Jul 2017 by
5

Great venue extremely friendly staff and very decent cocktails . Would highly recommend . T visited The Escapologist on 16 Jul 2017
17 Jul 2017 by
5

Initially had a booth but moved to bar area, some booths are quite small and out of the way. Had a good night after that and manager gave us a round of drinks on house. visited The Escapologist on 15 Jul 2017
17 Jul 2017 by
3

Fantastic night - we were incredibly well looked after, loved the venue and the cocktails were great. The food was superb too - great pizzas! Thank you to the staff there - they were all really friendly and extremely helpful - great stuff! visited The Escapologist on 15 Jul 2017
16 Jul 2017 by
5

Very good value with very attentive staff without being pushy. I found the music a bit too loud so it made talking difficult but other than that I couldn't fault it and would certainly recommend it. visited The Escapologist on 15 Jul 2017
16 Jul 2017 by
5

Great night with amazing cocktails!! Katie visited The Escapologist on 15 Jul 2017
16 Jul 2017 by
4

Fantastic evening, Waitress / Waiter could not have been more helpful and polite. 100% recommend to friends and will definitely be returning. Thank you for an outstanding evening visited The Escapologist on 14 Jul 2017
15 Jul 2017 by
5

I booked a table for 10 people for my sister's hen party but when we arrived we were shown to a tiny table that fit about 6 people squeezed together and were told that the reservations were for sitting and standing. I was very disappointed as I had specifically booked 3 weeks early in order to have everyone seated. I complained to the manager and after half an hour we were shown to a larger table, which was lovely. Cocktails and decor were fantastic. visited The Escapologist on 14 Jul 2017
15 Jul 2017 by
3

I went to The Escapologist on recommendation from a friend who had heard good things. After making a reservation via the website I was called to make a deposit of £25. We went for drinks at 5pm which is when happy hour is on and were shown to our table, given the menus and some time to peruse. Spoilt for choice, one of the staff could tell that I was having difficulty in choosing one cocktail from their expansive list. He recommended the Rocking Pisco and it did not disappoint. We had a further 2 drinks, which were brought out promptly (the Porn Star Martini and Flaming Zombie). The service was fantastic and I will be sure to return. Whilst we had already eaten, I noticed that the pizza's being served looked VERY tasty too. All in all a great experience and look forward to going back. visited The Escapologist on 13 Jul 2017
14 Jul 2017 by
5

Drinks and decor were nice. The music however was awful and did not compliment the overall style of the place. Mainstream Pop and cocktails do not go hand in hand - I think it lessened the value of the place We was positioned right by a speaker which was very loud so I had to request that we changed our seats. Staff were friendly and the toilets were ok Thomas visited The Escapologist on 13 Jul 2017
14 Jul 2017 by
3

Awesome cocktails, good music, and super nice atmosphere! Perfect for after work drinks! Dani visited The Escapologist on 13 Jul 2017
14 Jul 2017 by
5

Excellent cocktails and good table service visited The Escapologist on 07 Jul 2017
13 Jul 2017 by
4

Had a really good time but got charged my £25 deposit even though I showed up on time. Can I have this back please? visited The Escapologist on 12 Jul 2017
13 Jul 2017 by
3

I booked the Escapologist to celebrate for birthday drinks, it was a fantastic night in a fantastic venue! The cocktails are great, the staff are friendly and happy to help. Definately recommend! visited The Escapologist on 27 May 2017
11 Jul 2017 by
5

A fabulous night- thank you. The staff were very accommodating and looked after us well so a good time had by all! visited The Escapologist on 08 Jul 2017
10 Jul 2017 by
5

Amazing place. Delicious cocktails. Will become a regular! visited The Escapologist on 09 Jul 2017
10 Jul 2017 by
5

A great place. Lovely, cool and creative atmosphere, very friendly staff and great cocktails especially at Happy hour when they are two for one. visited The Escapologist on 06 Jul 2017
10 Jul 2017 by
5

Help with the booking was poor, service on the night was excellent. visited The Escapologist on 08 Jul 2017
09 Jul 2017 by
3

Nice cocktails, friendly waiter - they need to be clearer on the £10 credit as they initially didn't want to honour it, they did in the end, but then the bill hadn't deducted the £25 pre paid bar tab or the £10. An honest error, but always good practice to check your bill !! visited The Escapologist on 06 Jul 2017
09 Jul 2017 by
3

Awesome! Booked an area to celebrate a milestone birthday, all staff were so welcoming from the moment you walked off the street until close and so much fun. Loved when they all wanted to join in whilst we sung happy birthday! The venue was so quirky, cocktails were yummy and the air con was a bonus. Will definitely go back! Thanks guys visited The Escapologist on 07 Jul 2017
09 Jul 2017 by
5

Great venue, really accommodating and the perfect spot to start our friends hen parties with prosecco and games! Terriannisis visited The Escapologist on 08 Jul 2017
09 Jul 2017 by
5

Fantastic service. Amazing cocktails! Really great evening, thank you! visited The Escapologist on 08 Jul 2017
09 Jul 2017 by
5

Had a brilliant evening catching up with family On arrival we were greeted by the door staff with big smiles and warm welcomes The bar staff were really happy and entertaining Extremely happy bunch of staff Well done for making our first cocktail stop a good one visited The Escapologist on 07 Jul 2017
08 Jul 2017 by
5

Had a great night, lovely drinks and very attentive staff. Returned after being here before as was very impressed with the service. Again the service was great. Will be back again. Highly recommend visited The Escapologist on 07 Jul 2017
08 Jul 2017 by
5

Excellent bar, although as in the basement perhaps not a summers night venue visited The Escapologist on 06 Jul 2017
07 Jul 2017 by
5

Fantastic venue, friendly staff, amazing cocktails even more so when buy one get one free. . visited The Escapologist on 05 Jul 2017
07 Jul 2017 by
5

I had a fabulous evening! I met up with my university roommate whom I hadn't seen for 30 years and we were treated like queens even though we were two of the oldest ladies there! I will definitely go again. visited The Escapologist on 03 Jul 2017
05 Jul 2017 by
4

Polite and helpful staff from booking to table service visited The Escapologist on 01 Jul 2017
04 Jul 2017 by
5

We had a really nice pre-theatre cocktail at The Escapologist. The music and atmosphere were both great, which contributed to our enjoyment! visited The Escapologist on 02 Jul 2017
04 Jul 2017 by
5

Great cocktails and atmosphere! Friendly staff...definately would recommend it visited The Escapologist on 30 Jun 2017
04 Jul 2017 by
4

Great cocktails and atmosphere! Friendly staff...definately would recommend it visited The Escapologist on 30 Jun 2017
04 Jul 2017 by
4

Great cocktails and atmosphere! Friendly staff...definately would recommend it visited The Escapologist on 30 Jun 2017
04 Jul 2017 by
4

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