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Sunday 31 December 2017

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’.

 

 

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Black and Gold Ball

Black and Gold Ball

Sunday 31 December 2017

Dig out your finery and join us this New Year's Eve for our Black and Gold Ball. Think James Bond meets Victorian...

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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Always a pleasure spending an evening here. Staff are friendly and the drinks are very reasonable. Great atmosphere every time. visited The Escapologist on 16 Nov 2017
20 Nov 2017 by
5

Drinks and Decor were great but music volume and music played didn't go with the venue's general look and feel. visited The Escapologist on 16 Nov 2017
20 Nov 2017 by
3

Always a great night out. My first visit was a Tuesday night and we went back there last night (Saturday)... Great vibe. Great service.... Fantastic pornstar martinis!!! ...and let's not forget the music! Definitely worth a visit. visited The Escapologist on 18 Nov 2017
19 Nov 2017 by
5

Had a great night and the cocktails are authentic, even during happy hour. visited The Escapologist on 18 Nov 2017
19 Nov 2017 by
5

Great venue, and even better cocktails. The music was good and it has a buzzy vibe especially on a Thursday! visited The Escapologist on 16 Nov 2017
17 Nov 2017 by
5

One of my favorite places in London, great staff and cocktails! Music is and atmosphere are perfectly in sync and people are very friendly. Highly recommended! visited The Escapologist on 04 Nov 2017
16 Nov 2017 by
5

We had an amazing night with friends. The atmosphere is perfect, many exciting​ cocktails and great service from start to finish. We will definitely visit you soon again! visited The Escapologist on 10 Nov 2017
15 Nov 2017 by
5

The front of House was very friendly and welcomed us to the bar. We went downstairs and were greeted by a very lively atmosphere with a lot of people! Despite this the bartenders were very attentive and we were served shortly after approaching the bar. We both ordered a cocktail and didn’t have to wait long before they were made, even though the bartender was making 4 orders at once! It wasn’t immediately obvious that there were lots of small rooms coming off the main bar, but once we had a little explore we were able to appreciate the quirky style and nice atmosphere. Overall we had a lovely time and will be returning. The only negative I would say is that there didn’t seem to be a cloakroom (or at least it wasn’t pointed out to us!) visited The Escapologist on 10 Nov 2017
14 Nov 2017 by
5

Enjoyed the Happy Hour - the drinks are fantastic! Highly recommended! visited The Escapologist on 12 Nov 2017
13 Nov 2017 by
5

Great venue and cocktails. Had a fab time! The only negative was the time it took to get served, 30 minutes is too long! visited The Escapologist on 11 Nov 2017
13 Nov 2017 by
4

Simply amazing, staff were fantastic and the atmosphere was great. visited The Escapologist on 11 Nov 2017
12 Nov 2017 by
5

The doormen were very friendly and helpful. Three of our group arrived at the booked time (6.30pm), with three further arrivals five minutes later and, despite the bar being incredibly packed and busy, our assigned host (very courteous) showed us to our seating area (grand booth 2). Our waiter then immediately approached for our drinks order. However, this was before we had had any opportunity to look through the menu. We asked for 2 minutes to prepare, but he didn't return. Two of our party went to find a waiter on a number of occasions but no one was around, Our host then returned approximately 20 minutes later to find we hadn't placed an order and were still waiting for our waiter to come back. She kindly took our orders and drinks arrived 15 minutes later. So we basically waited 45 minutes before drinks arrived. Our original host was really nice and apologetic, explaining that the bar was very busy. Our bill was subsequently adjusted to remove the cost of a single drink in light of the delay. This adjustment was made without us having to complain, which was good. However, having placed a deposit of £25 to get access to seating and a waiter service, we would not have expected a 45 minute wait to get a drink. As it was we had to leave for a dinner reservation a short time afterwards and it was unrealistic to order any further drinks as we had no guarantee of their arrival in time. In terms of decor, the booth was relatively claustrophobic (noted by two in our party) and the music was very loud in such a confined space. Constructively, access to a volume control when chatting with your friends (as there was a large speaker in the corner of the booth) would have been good. Grand booth 2 also seemed too remote for the waiter service and we were entirely neglected until our host arrived to ensure we were okay. We would therefore not recommend the Escapologist to anyone arriving on a Saturday night at the time of our booking, which is a real shame. Its clear that demand far exceeds the staffs ability to supply timely ordering, and certainly happy hour must place excessive time demands on the bar in terms of duplicating every order. However, this is no excuse for neglecting a paid party. We would all commend our lovely host though for averting what would have been a miserable birthday meal on the night! visited The Escapologist on 11 Nov 2017
12 Nov 2017 by
2

Too busy and no where to sit! visited The Escapologist on 11 Nov 2017
12 Nov 2017 by
2

Went there for my boyfriends 30th birthday, we had such an amazing time, the staff were friendly and very helpful, the atmosphere was brilliant and the venue was so beautiful! Would love to find another excuse to go back!! visited The Escapologist on 11 Nov 2017
12 Nov 2017 by
5

Brilliant evening, great service and fab drinks! visited The Escapologist on 11 Nov 2017
12 Nov 2017 by
5

Sub standard, took days to answer my request, got told "someone will call you back" never happened yet got pestered on email saying people were trying to call me and if I didn't answer I would lose my booking, kept calling but got "someone will call you back to confirm" just to be told the place was fully booked, went for drinks anyway but the host just told us they were fully booked and didn't seem sympathetic at all, absolute shambles visited The Escapologist on 10 Nov 2017
11 Nov 2017 by
1

I had a good time visited The Escapologist on 10 Nov 2017
11 Nov 2017 by
4

It was fantastic. I liked the cocktails very nice visited The Escapologist on 10 Nov 2017
11 Nov 2017 by
5

Impressive service, super friendly staff, the drinks are from another world.. only catch: low on tables availability and if you order for food be ready to wait Victoria visited The Escapologist on 09 Nov 2017
10 Nov 2017 by
4

Booked a table for 6 for an early dinner & drinks on a Thursday. Ignored by staff so found our own table, waited 20min for someone to take our order and eventually gave up and went to the bar, then told that someone would come to the table. The table was positioned directly under a large speaker that increased in sound from being normally loud to painfully loud - so much so we literally could not hear ourselves. Horrible horrible experience, terrible attitudes from the staff who made us feel very unwelcome. Table next to us also complained about the volume of the music and nothing was done. Would not recommend this place. visited The Escapologist on 09 Nov 2017
10 Nov 2017 by
1

Great customer service, we felt well looked after. Cocktails were very good! visited The Escapologist on 08 Nov 2017
09 Nov 2017 by
5

Great drinks and amazing happy hour. Staff were very attentive and friendly. Lizzie visited The Escapologist on 08 Nov 2017
09 Nov 2017 by
5

I had a really lovely visit. The cocktails were of a very good quality and the atmosphere was great. Only complaint is that the music was very loud which hindered conversation. visited The Escapologist on 08 Nov 2017
09 Nov 2017 by
4

We had a work event with 40 people in one of the private areas. Fantastic night, staff were incredibly helpful. visited The Escapologist on 08 Nov 2017
09 Nov 2017 by
5

Really good pizzas, good service visited The Escapologist on 08 Nov 2017
09 Nov 2017 by
5

Our party had never been to The Escapologist before but we had a brilliant night. All the staff were excellent and we didn't feel pressurised to keep buying drinks every 5mins (like some place do) however the staff were still very attentive. Thanks for making it a great Birthday celebration night out :-) visited The Escapologist on 04 Nov 2017
06 Nov 2017 by
5

Doorman was lovely and then we were met by the Deputy Manager who was really good, recommended cocktails chatted to us and even though it was busy we had great service, did not wait anytime for drinks and paying the bill was all fine. All the staff we met were very friendly and all shook our hands and introduced themselves. Atmosphere was brilliant will definitely be back. visited The Escapologist on 04 Nov 2017
06 Nov 2017 by
5

I’d booked table for 7pm, our table wasn’t ready when we arrived (I’d already been charged a £25 deposit to secure the table), we weren’t seated until gone 7.10pm, we then didn’t get served (I had to go and find someone to ask them to take our order), our drinks didn’t arrive until nearly 7.40pm and we needed to leave just before 8pm to make our dinner reservation. Overall a pretty rubbish experience! visited The Escapologist on 04 Nov 2017
05 Nov 2017 by
1

Had reserved a table got seated no problem then had to wait about 20 min to get drinks which took 10 min to come. Then a couple came and stood in front of the table and spent time talking loud. Was not expecting that visited The Escapologist on 04 Nov 2017
05 Nov 2017 by
2

Great space, good for groups if you book a table in advance. Delicious cocktails, average London prices. Very friendly staff. Highly recommend it! Urszula visited The Escapologist on 04 Nov 2017
05 Nov 2017 by
5

The escapologist was incredible!!! The staff are utterly lovely!! Drinks fantastic and the atmosphere was wonderful!!! I had an excellent birthday!! Xx visited The Escapologist on 04 Nov 2017
05 Nov 2017 by
5

Very nice cocktails, very helpful staff. Had a large group for a birthday party and everything went perfectly Georgette visited The Escapologist on 03 Nov 2017
04 Nov 2017 by
5

Great vibe, busy and vibrant! Didn’t bother with food as the service on the tables is a little chaotic! Waitress service needs improving but the set up and cocktails are amazing! visited The Escapologist on 03 Nov 2017
04 Nov 2017 by
4

We were looked after amazingly and the space was perfect for our big group! We all had an amazing night and highly recommend to anyone to book if you want a great time! Look forward to visiting again! visited The Escapologist on 29 Oct 2017
03 Nov 2017 by
5

Great place for cocktails. Bar staff were really friendly and helpful efficient - they had to be as it was very busy in happy hour. visited The Escapologist on 02 Nov 2017
03 Nov 2017 by
5

Nice cocktails and cool venue but had to wait 25 mins to be served. visited The Escapologist on 02 Nov 2017
03 Nov 2017 by
3

What can i say? Quirky, Great staff, Awesome place to visit. Can't wait till next time :-) visited The Escapologist on 02 Nov 2017
03 Nov 2017 by
5

Really great place, loved the cocktails and the happy hour is great visited The Escapologist on 31 Oct 2017
01 Nov 2017 by
5

Had a great night thank you! The table I reserved was ready and waiting, the bar staff were lovely, and went above and beyond in their service. Thank you 😊 visited The Escapologist on 31 Oct 2017
01 Nov 2017 by
5

Always have a great time! Staff are lovely and the drinks are good value especially during happy hour...yay! visited The Escapologist on 31 Oct 2017
01 Nov 2017 by
5

I recently booked an area for a party of 30 for a joint Birthday/Leaving do'. The venue was lovely and clean and had a certain interior that I was drawn to when booking. Organizing up until the day was easy and done through email. When arriving on the night it was unclear of where the reserved area was. Once found, I had two of my guests sat at one of our tables and then our second table had 6 people ordering new drinks. This made me nervous that once our guests arrived there wouldn't be space. We had to then ask them to move as our area was getting too full 2 times. I feel this should be the responsibility of the venue to monitor booked areas and customer flow. I was expecting our area to be clearly sectioned off as we paid a £50 deposit for this space. Because it was so unclear, people were trickling in and standing within our party and at one point we had random customers beside our coats, bags and alcohol we pre-bought (Risky). I explained to the servers that there was to be no TAB for guests as we pre-purchased Prosecco and pizza for the guests. Unfortunately when our guests ordered drinks the server did not then give the bill to the guest to pay for their own drinks afterward. These drinks then ended up on a bill which we had to cover at the end of the night. Overall the food and drinks were lovely, and I could see nearer the end the effort the server was trying to make with our group. However the communication was not very good and we would of liked more verbal notice abbot what was happening to our Tab as we specifically budgeted for this event and were trying to avoid what had happened at the end of the night. It was also unfortunate that the Venue does not provide any type of celebratory gesture for events like this as well. visited The Escapologist on 21 Oct 2017
01 Nov 2017 by
3

Great night, fantastic cocktails and staff were fabulous! Perfect place for my 30th! Great that I had my own section for the whole night! visited The Escapologist on 28 Oct 2017
30 Oct 2017 by
5

Great venue although I received an email in advance saying I could have a booth which I was really pleased about as it was my birthday drinks celebrations. Although when I turned up there was no booth and waited 15 minutes for a small table with only 2 stools for a 6 person booking. visited The Escapologist on 28 Oct 2017
29 Oct 2017 by
2

Nice cocktails lovely friendly staff. Served very quickly at the bar. Recommend booking a table anna visited The Escapologist on 28 Oct 2017
29 Oct 2017 by
4

Nice cocktails lovely friendly staff. Served very quickly at the bar. Recommend booking a table anna visited The Escapologist on 28 Oct 2017
29 Oct 2017 by
4

Everything was perfect, the staff friendly, overall great experience :) visited The Escapologist on 02 Jun 2017
27 Oct 2017 by
5

the place was busy but the staff worked with smiles and the atmosphere was good! the drink (long island Ice Tea) was a bit weak though. visited The Escapologist on 26 Oct 2017
27 Oct 2017 by
4

Great cocktails! Good for a drink after work! visited The Escapologist on 26 Oct 2017
27 Oct 2017 by
4

Myself and my friends had a great night. The staff couldnt do enough for us and were so helpful finding us another table when we wanted to stay past our booking time. Thanks!! :) Tracy visited The Escapologist on 26 Oct 2017
27 Oct 2017 by
5

Great bar and amazing cocktails! Perfect place to start a night out in London. visited The Escapologist on 21 Oct 2017
26 Oct 2017 by
5

Great cocktails. Service a bit slow. visited The Escapologist on 25 Oct 2017
26 Oct 2017 by
4

The Escapologist is well-located in the city centre. The cocktails are very good and the happy hour deals make everything better! I went there with friends on a quiet Monday evening and it was really pleasant visited The Escapologist on 16 Oct 2017
25 Oct 2017 by
5

Great night and amazing cocktails visited The Escapologist on 18 Oct 2017
23 Oct 2017 by
5

We had a fabulous lady looking after us (long auburn hair). Brilliant. visited The Escapologist on 21 Oct 2017
22 Oct 2017 by
5

Amazing service and great location - the general manager (Sam?) was fantastic too! Mary visited The Escapologist on 21 Oct 2017
22 Oct 2017 by
5

Amazing general manager who took care of us all evening. Sharon visited The Escapologist on 21 Oct 2017
22 Oct 2017 by
5

Friendly staff even when very busy. visited The Escapologist on 21 Oct 2017
22 Oct 2017 by
4

Hi - Great service / flexibility from Clio beforehand to get me a table - much appreciated. Staff friendly and flexible. Unfortunately, the table I had was smack bang between two speakers so it was loud but that was probably more down to the fact I am 46!! ;0) Thanks again - see you again soon visited The Escapologist on 21 Oct 2017
22 Oct 2017 by
5

Great cocktails and amazing quirky atmosphere! Katie visited The Escapologist on 20 Oct 2017
21 Oct 2017 by
4

great experience, only wished I had booked earlier so we got a table visited The Escapologist on 20 Oct 2017
21 Oct 2017 by
5

Great vibe and cocktail list, perfect place for a pre-dinner or after work drink. Friendly staff, although service is a bit slow. visited The Escapologist on 20 Oct 2017
21 Oct 2017 by
4

Great cocktails and certainly affordable (especially within the happy hour)! Booking a table gives you some of the best seats in the house. visited The Escapologist on 20 Oct 2017
21 Oct 2017 by
4

Great hour and a half drinking cocktails in this atmospheric Covent Garden labyrinth. Drinks went down very well, especially enjoyed the Singapore Sling and Mint Julep. 2 for 1 in happy hour is really appreciated. Will definitely be going back. visited The Escapologist on 14 Oct 2017
19 Oct 2017 by
5

Great cocktails and atmosphere for pre-dinner tipple! visited The Escapologist on 18 Oct 2017
19 Oct 2017 by
5

The Escapologist has a very sophisticated and cool atmosphere and the cocktails and pizza are delicious! However, it gets so overcrowded on the weekends that it takes a very long time to get served and the staff appear to be very rushed and disorganized. Both myself and the waitress forgot that my card had been taken to hold our table during the rush of trying to sort out the bill at the end of our reservation booking and so I'm going to have to go back into London now to collect it. visited The Escapologist on 14 Oct 2017
17 Oct 2017 by
3

Great evening and excellent staff. Thank you! visited The Escapologist on 14 Oct 2017
16 Oct 2017 by
5

WE had a great time the staff were amazing. So courteous and attentive and helped make my friends birthday memorable! Great location. And would definitely come again!!! visited The Escapologist on 14 Oct 2017
15 Oct 2017 by
5

The cocktails were great and we really enjoyed them. The venue is nicely decorated and we had booked a table for 8. We had a table which was a little cramped for 8 people, however it was in a nice area down some stairs from the bar level. It felt like we had some privacy and space away from the hectic bar! The music was rather loud and was being played in one of the corners of our table booth. We were actually struggling to hear each other but asked the staff if it could be turned down and it soon was at a much better noise level for a cocktail bar and not a dance floor! The staff were quick to respond and friendly about the request. Our waitress clearly worked very hard and deserved her service charge and we gave her an extra tip. She was very friendly and was helpful in helping my sister in a cocktail that she might like (she is fussy!) However, there are a couple of disappointing factors. When ordering drinks for table service, we did have to wait a very long time for them to arrive. It was about 20 minutes before the end of our booking and we asked staff if we had enough time for another drink as we were leaving at 7pm. Unfortunately, our drinks too 25 minutes to arrive at our table and it made us late for our dinner reservation. We had to drink our last round so quickly and then had to rush to pay our bill. Upon getting home and trying to split the bill between all of us into who had drank what, we actually realised that we had been charged for some drinks that were not even ours. We had not noticed at the time of paying as we were in a rush to get to the restaurant for dinner. I would like to add that I have not yet contacted The Escapologist about this, and I get that we should have been more vigilant before paying. The bar was very busy so I can see how drinks may be loaded onto the wrong tab by accident, it is just unfortunate that we have had to pay for it! Overall, I would definitely recommend booking a table as the bar gets very busy. It had a nice atmosphere and had a real mix of age groups which was nice. visited The Escapologist on 14 Oct 2017
15 Oct 2017 by
3

Great cocktails and fab atmosphere visited The Escapologist on 14 Oct 2017
15 Oct 2017 by
5

So happy when I found out this used to be earlham street clubhouse but just changed name. Great night with great drinks & music. visited The Escapologist on 14 Oct 2017
15 Oct 2017 by
5

Really nice cocktails staff and atmosphere will be coming back visited The Escapologist on 14 Oct 2017
15 Oct 2017 by
5

So happy when I found out this used to be earlham street clubhouse but just changed name. Great night with great drinks & music. visited The Escapologist on 14 Oct 2017
15 Oct 2017 by
5

great night and great cocktails visited The Escapologist on 11 Oct 2017
15 Oct 2017 by
5

Just turn the music down. That’s all. So that people can actually talk. You’re not a nightclub. Look up the definition of the word ‘atmosphere’. visited The Escapologist on 12 Oct 2017
14 Oct 2017 by
2

Great music, nice cocktails and friendly bartenders visited The Escapologist on 13 Oct 2017
14 Oct 2017 by
5

Very lively environment and the customer service is great! trazmak visited The Escapologist on 07 Oct 2017
12 Oct 2017 by
5

The pizzas were amazing, especially the Just Peachy one. The cocktails were really good as well. Would definitely recommend. visited The Escapologist on 10 Oct 2017
11 Oct 2017 by
4

Helpful and friendly staff. Went to every effort to make my birthday a great night and make sure we all had a good evening. visited The Escapologist on 06 Oct 2017
09 Oct 2017 by
5

I reserved a table at short notice on Friday. Grace contacted me within minutes and nothing was too much trouble to reserve my area. A small reservation fee that was credited to my bar bill was all it needed and I was in. I headed down to The Escapologist with my wife around 8pm not quite knowing what to expect. I need not have worried as the whole experience was fantastic. From the guy on the door to the bar staff and everyone else who worked there. Excellent atmosphere and fantastic cocktails. The Flaming Zombie was so cool, especially with the bartender lighting it with her finger !!! Would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a great night out. Danny visited The Escapologist on 06 Oct 2017
09 Oct 2017 by
5

Friendly staff, awesome drinks, great atmosphere. visited The Escapologist on 02 Oct 2017
08 Oct 2017 by
5

I had a great time. The guy on the door makes you feel very welcome. The drinks are great value at Happy hour. Sometimes you have to wait a while to get served due to it being so busy but the bartenders are polite and work as fast as they can. visited The Escapologist on 07 Oct 2017
08 Oct 2017 by
4

Great place..i tryed booking a table but was a bit last minute doing so, but got a call next day to say they was no table and my name was on guest list for our party of 4...cocktails were great place is cool an funky great vibe too will be going again highly recommend this to everyone happy hour 5-7 is great value. Lee visited The Escapologist on 07 Oct 2017
08 Oct 2017 by
5

The bar has a great interior and atmosphere. However service is below standard. We booked a table for dinner only to find out when we got there that they ran out of food so had to move to a nearby restaurant. At the time of booking i was charged a deposit of £25 which i could not spend fully. There was no refund. If you want to go just for drinks and a prepared to wait ages at the bar to buy them, then I'd recommend. Otherwise it's a No. visited The Escapologist on 07 Oct 2017
08 Oct 2017 by
2

Such a fun night! Thank you to all staff ! visited The Escapologist on 20 Jun 2017
07 Oct 2017 by
5

Beautiful service and beautiful drinks. Along with the amazing interior and busy vibe. I highly reccomend this place! visited The Escapologist on 06 Oct 2017
07 Oct 2017 by
5

Great cocktails and happy hour 5-7 means double for your money. Service good even though we were a big group and place was busy. Would definitely recommend and will be back. visited The Escapologist on 05 Oct 2017
07 Oct 2017 by
5

Excellent service !..great atmosphere and the cocktails were delicious 🍹2 for 1 was a fabulous deal! And for 2 hours, perfect thank you visited The Escapologist on 04 Oct 2017
05 Oct 2017 by
5

Brilliant bar staff and quirky venue. Very busy when we went on Friday, if you want a seat pre book visited The Escapologist on 29 Sep 2017
05 Oct 2017 by
4

Very helpful and polite staff. I book a table for 15 people and they all had fun. Would definitely return! visited The Escapologist on 30 Sep 2017
03 Oct 2017 by
4

Absolutely love this place. The staff are incredibly friendly and knowledgable.The music is great for a few drinks with friends, and always makes me shimmy with my cocktail. Happy hour is great value and the selection is extensive and super tasty. Top marks all round for a fab central bar! Jordan visited The Escapologist on 18 Aug 2017
03 Oct 2017 by
5

We've been to Escapologist before and loved it. Not so much this time. It took them over 15mins to get our booked table ready. Once we sat down over 20mins for someone to come and take our order. Then when our drinks did arrive they forgot one, so we didn't all get to drink together. Altogether we were there for two hours and only managed to get one drink so decided to leave. The service was awful, they obviously needed more staff. We just felt we waiting a long time for everything. On the upside the music was brilliant. visited The Escapologist on 23 Sep 2017
02 Oct 2017 by
2

Great tasting cocktails just a shame no room to sit and relax. Very friendly staff though, accommodating us standing near a till in the corner. Will definitely go back. visited The Escapologist on 30 Sep 2017
01 Oct 2017 by
4

Did not have the best night. Were seated right next to a 40th birthday party where they decided to invade our personal space and lean on our table while my partner and I sat there.. Was also very loud with the group next to us and the music which made it very difficult to sit and have a civilised conversation. We left after only one drink each due to this after planning on staying a few hours. It was also unclear at the beginning whether it was table service or you went to the bar and it took me a while to find somebody to ask after sitting around waiting for a while. visited The Escapologist on 30 Sep 2017
01 Oct 2017 by
2

Really fun bar, booked area and had enough room for whole party. They did table service when was busy and pizzas and cocktails were really tasty. Fun mix of music and was right mix of loud but able to still chat. Really accommodating staff too. Philippa visited The Escapologist on 30 Sep 2017
01 Oct 2017 by
5

This was a good experience. Points to consider waiters need to be more active in taking the orders at the table we had to call the waiters over a number of times and an order we put in at 6.50pm did not arrive and we had to again ask a waiter where our drinks were they then came at 7.20pm. visited The Escapologist on 30 Sep 2017
01 Oct 2017 by
3

First class as always. Thanks guys!! visited The Escapologist on 27 Sep 2017
30 Sep 2017 by
5

Lovely staff, great space and gorgeous cocktails! visited The Escapologist on 29 Sep 2017
30 Sep 2017 by
5

Really enjoyed the cocktails and was pleasantly surprised by how great the pizza was!! visited The Escapologist on 29 Sep 2017
30 Sep 2017 by
5

Awful! I tried to book a table and had to go through a frustrating call centre to confirm the booking (via a call back!). Then got told I needed to put down a £25 deposit, just for drinks... what?? Far more exclusive venues don't even do this. As my booking didn't have a deposit attached to it after 'the watershed' it then got cancelled without warning. Finally, the lady on the door agreed to reserve 2 places at 'the bar' for me but when we walked in the bar was packed to the rafters. There was no one to show us where are seats were and we couldn't get near the bar it was so full. Total waste of time and energy. Needless to say we didnt stay. What is the point of going through a comprehensive booking process if you dont even look after the people who have booked? Plus the place was far too full- utterly ridiculous. Good luck venturing to this place. visited The Escapologist on 21 Sep 2017
27 Sep 2017 by
1

Fantastic Service! Thank you for giving my husband the best 30th birthday surprise! Would definitely recommend to others... Amazing cocktails! visited The Escapologist on 22 Sep 2017
25 Sep 2017 by
5

I had my birthday party at the Escapologist, we had an area and a couple of tables reserved for about 20 people. The staff were amazing, very attentive and looked after us so well! The food was incredible and went down a treat with everyone. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone for an amazing night out! visited The Escapologist on 23 Sep 2017
24 Sep 2017 by
5

Great atmosphere, happy hour 2 for 1 cocktails make it very reasonable, very busy though at the bar but worth the wait! visited The Escapologist on 23 Sep 2017
24 Sep 2017 by
4

Really enjoyed our evening at Escapologist. The staff were very friendly. The only slight negative was the length of time it took to get served. The cocktails were great and definitely had the desired effect!! visited The Escapologist on 16 Sep 2017
24 Sep 2017 by
4

I came here with a group of approximately 10, and we had a blast! The host, Robert, and bar staff were friendly and accommodating. They let us sit where someone had a reservation (until 15 mins before said reservation). The drinks were delicious, the decor was unique, and it was a great deal for the happy hour prices. Definitely going back there. visited The Escapologist on 22 Sep 2017
23 Sep 2017 by
5

Really great night! Staff were friendly and helpful! Loved the vibe and the cocktails! Pizza was also delicious! :) visited The Escapologist on 22 Sep 2017
23 Sep 2017 by
5

Our host on arrival was great and took us to our table but the service from there on in was poor. When we asked for the bill there was many drinks on there that we didn't order and 2 of the pizzas turned up 40 minutes after the others. Such a shame as had great nights there before but wouldn't bother with the table service, quicker to order at the bar. visited The Escapologist on 22 Sep 2017
23 Sep 2017 by
2

Staff were friendly and very accommodating especially since I arrived early. The drinks and pizza were great and a great atmosphere all around really :) thanks for a great night! visited The Escapologist on 22 Sep 2017
23 Sep 2017 by
5

Fantastic cocktails and great music visited The Escapologist on 22 Sep 2017
23 Sep 2017 by
4

Brilliant night as always! Great cocktails, lovely staff, cool setting. visited The Escapologist on 15 Sep 2017
21 Sep 2017 by
5

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

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