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 00:30
17:00 00:30
17:00 00:30
17:00 00:30
17:00 00:30
17:00 00:30
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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Place was pretty cool indeed visited The Escapologist on 22 Mar 2017
24 Mar 2017 by
4

1 - Music for a private booth was way too loud. Every booth remarked about the sound levels. 2 - Table service should be offered. visited The Escapologist on 23 Mar 2017
24 Mar 2017 by
3

Spent the evening there with my work colleagues and we had such a lovely time. The staff are amazing and friendly, the drinks are reasonable and the pizza, very tasty indeed. Looking to go back again and make it our regular weekly venue. visited The Escapologist on 23 Mar 2017
24 Mar 2017 by
5

Love this bar, cocktails are amazing and staff so friendly and helpful and great happy hour between 5-7 which makes it amazing value!! Only downside is so busy because of its popularity getting the next drink took too long!! 😂 visited The Escapologist on 18 Mar 2017
23 Mar 2017 by
4

Staff are always really helpful, we arrived a little bit late for our table but they called us to check we were still going and kept it for us. They also allowed us to order food even though the kitchen had just 'closed' so thank you to the chef who was probably a bit fed up with us! We always have a great time here, great cocktails, pizza and music to dance the night away! visited The Escapologist on 18 Mar 2017
23 Mar 2017 by
5

I had a great time at The Escapologist! I chose to celebrate my birthday here with 40 of my friends - they all enjoyed the atmosphere and the drinks. The Escapologist team were fantastic hosts as well, especially the general manager on duty that night. Nadine visited The Escapologist on 18 Mar 2017
22 Mar 2017 by
5

This place was brilliant - wish there are more tables available! They need to market themselves more, never knew it existed! visited The Escapologist on 20 Mar 2017
21 Mar 2017 by
4

Cool place underground with amazing cocktails! Perfect place for a quality but not too stuffy date night. visited The Escapologist on 20 Mar 2017
21 Mar 2017 by
5

A fun bar with a great atmosphere and amazing cocktails! The music started cheesy but became more current as the night progressed. There was a bit of waiting time at our table when ordering drinks with the waiters completely rushed off their feet, although we were brought a complimentary shot of tequila each as an apology which more than made up for it. A perfect place to go with mates on the weekend! visited The Escapologist on 18 Mar 2017
21 Mar 2017 by
5

Really great cocktails, will definitely come back Alice visited The Escapologist on 18 Mar 2017
19 Mar 2017 by
5
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Bar staff were great, service a little slow but it was very busy! Good cocktails, really enjoyed happy hour. Abi visited The Escapologist on 18 Mar 2017
19 Mar 2017 by
5
1 person people found this helpful

Really good. Loved the little booths, just what I needed for a birthday celebration. Bit dangerous with the old two-for-ones - but that's what birthdays are for. visited The Escapologist on 08 Mar 2017
19 Mar 2017 by
5

The cocktails and atmosphere and pizza are great! Service was also really good. visited The Escapologist on 17 Mar 2017
18 Mar 2017 by
5

I was expecting more from this venue, but I was disappointed. First, I'm put off by the fact that I had to put a deposit down to reserve a table, then I wasn't able to cancel the booking without losing the deposit and this was 10 days before the booking. We decided to proceed with going to the bar. Upon arrival, we were greeted by one staff on the door who said we would have 3 tables, but when we went downstairs, we were only given 1 despite being a group of 5. Only when we asked the staff downstairs, we were given another table to join on. Then, it took a really long time for a drinks to be ordered. On a positive note, the cocktails were nice and the selection is good. visited The Escapologist on 16 Mar 2017
17 Mar 2017 by
3

Staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly! Would highly recommend a visit as it was both fun and great value for money. visited The Escapologist on 14 Mar 2017
15 Mar 2017 by
5

Great location, amazing staff and love the space. Overall Excellent! visited The Escapologist on 13 Mar 2017
15 Mar 2017 by
5

Lovely evening to make up for a previous not so fabulous night out! Couldnt have asked for more! visited The Escapologist on 10 Mar 2017
13 Mar 2017 by
5

Lovely staff. Excellent cocktails and good pizza. Thank you! visited The Escapologist on 11 Mar 2017
12 Mar 2017 by
5

Had a lovely evening with great cocktails. Very very busy. Music exceptionally loud so hard to have a decent conversation. Staff very pleasant. visited The Escapologist on 10 Mar 2017
11 Mar 2017 by
4

Food and drinks were great, but the bar got extremely busy and even though we'd booked a table there were lots of people stood around us making it feel squashed. I was also told that I could use my £10 off voucher with my booking but when we wanted to pay, the manager told us we couldn't use it as it was happy hour (even though I'd booked my table during happy hour) so ended up spending more than we were expecting. The manager told us we could come back later to use the voucher but based on how busy it was, we didn't want to do that. visited The Escapologist on 10 Mar 2017
11 Mar 2017 by
3

fantastic loved it.. amazing fun visited The Escapologist on 10 Mar 2017
11 Mar 2017 by
5

The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The setting is great,and the decor cool as you like. Service was quick and the food and cocktails were delicious! We loved it and will go again for sure!! Paul visited The Escapologist on 10 Mar 2017
11 Mar 2017 by
5

We chose Escapologist as a venue for some client drinks, and had a very positive, pleasant experience. The booking/reservation process was very straighforward, with lots of guidance from booking staff who were very informative and helpfull. The night itself went well, the waiters/bartenders were quite attentive and accommodating even though they were clearly busy. One point may be that; given we had a group of 20, it would have been easier if perhaps one of the floor waiters took our drink orders at table, as it was quite difficult for us to go up and down to the bar. The food was excellent, all pizza, but there was variety of pizza choices, good quality and great Veggie and Gluten free options. It was served very quickly too. At the end of the evening it wasn't very easy to settle tab as there was some confusion around happy hour prices on bill - but was resolved relatively seemlessly and was discreet. Overall - it was a successful client event, everyone enjoyed the atmosphere, food/cocktails, music. We will certainly be returning to Escapolist for future cleint events, I would recommend it. visited The Escapologist on 09 Mar 2017
10 Mar 2017 by
4

Lovely bar but service was totally overwhelmed at happy hour. visited The Escapologist on 09 Mar 2017
10 Mar 2017 by
3

Great place. There was no host, so spent a lot of time looking for my table. There was no table service, so had to get up & order drinks from the bar. Big place, only 1 bar. Drinks were really good tho & priced well. Unfortunately, my friend had her wallet stolen while we were there, so that killed the mood. The manager was really helpful tho, so I'd likely go back. Just keep a close eye on your belongings. visited The Escapologist on 08 Mar 2017
09 Mar 2017 by
4

Really great night, great cocktails Rachel visited The Escapologist on 20 Jan 2017
08 Mar 2017 by
5

Great night out - you must go visited The Escapologist on 04 Mar 2017
07 Mar 2017 by
4

Was made to wait 15 minutes outside for my prebooked table due to someone taking drugs in the bar. General poor service and unexpected vibe. Booked table was located so close the the bar that it was impossible to converse and had loads of people placing empty glasses on our booked table. Wouldn't go again. visited The Escapologist on 03 Mar 2017
07 Mar 2017 by
2

Thank you guys for amazing evening!!! All was perfect!!! visited The Escapologist on 05 Mar 2017
06 Mar 2017 by
5

A fantastic Bar in a fantastic location. I reserved a table for an engagement party for my friends and I and it really did not disappoint. The staff were very attentive and provided excellent service all evening. The cocktail menu is great and the drinks are amazing. The bar itself is great too, with lots of different areas to explore and the music was really good. I definitely recommend this place! jfenlon visited The Escapologist on 04 Mar 2017
05 Mar 2017 by
5

Gorgeous cocktails - def go again visited The Escapologist on 04 Mar 2017
05 Mar 2017 by
4

Fab cocktails in reserved area - really enjoyed our visit for my birthday. visited The Escapologist on 04 Mar 2017
05 Mar 2017 by
5

Amazing cocktails, great service on entry and welcoming when sitting down. Fun atmosphere and great pizza! The downside, we booked a table and got told it was table service, however, the waitress didn't attend to our table. It was a busy Friday night, but still expected better service. However, we would definitely still return and recommend! visited The Escapologist on 04 Mar 2017
05 Mar 2017 by
4

Great venue, happy hour was really decent. Pizza was lovely, service was good. Was just disappointed that there were no deserts available as that was one of the reasons we chose this venue. Other than that fabulous night! visited The Escapologist on 03 Mar 2017
04 Mar 2017 by
4

Amazing! Really cool bar and the staff were SO welcoming and helpful!! visited The Escapologist on 03 Mar 2017
04 Mar 2017 by
5

Would highly suggest The Escapologist, it has great drinks and a great vibe! visited The Escapologist on 02 Mar 2017
03 Mar 2017 by
5

Super friendly and attentive staff, decent cocktails, but the music was too loud and at conflict with the design of the place. It's an intimate (and lovely) setting, so you don't want to have to be yelling to your friends just so they can hear you. Not the kind of place you want to go to if you're looking to drink and chat with your friends. Jessica visited The Escapologist on 02 Mar 2017
03 Mar 2017 by
3

great music, nice vibe - good drinks. A nice place to relax and catch up with friends visited The Escapologist on 02 Mar 2017
03 Mar 2017 by
4

We booked The Grand Hall for a 30th birthday party and the service and space was perfect! Definitely would recommend for a party of around 20-30 people for drinks. visited The Escapologist on 25 Feb 2017
28 Feb 2017 by
5

Lovely cocktails and excellent service! visited The Escapologist on 27 Feb 2017
28 Feb 2017 by
5

Amazing cocktails, I'm a big fan of their Long Island Iced Tea - it always seems to be absolutely perfect and has a boatload of alcohol. Happy Hour makes it even sweeter. visited The Escapologist on 24 Feb 2017
27 Feb 2017 by
5

Fabulous place with staff who make amazing cocktails in quick time. Quirky little cavern of cocktails. would recommend for a good night out . visited The Escapologist on 26 Feb 2017
27 Feb 2017 by
5

Excellent venue. Attentive friendly staff. We had a reserved table for 6pm on a Saturday night and was very pleased to find it was happy hour from 5-7 :-) We were seated then given table service for the most amazing cocktails - no queueing, just chatting drinking and after a while, a little bit of singing. Great service even though it was absolutely heaving! Great atmosphere - brilliant. Love the Flaming Zombies :-) visited The Escapologist on 25 Feb 2017
27 Feb 2017 by
5

Lovely place and was reasonably priced visited The Escapologist on 24 Feb 2017
27 Feb 2017 by
4

Excellent atmosphere and staff all really helpful & fun. Bar staff are amazing and getting drinks was really quick & easy. Music was lively but not too loud. Great place to go for fun :) visited The Escapologist on 25 Feb 2017
27 Feb 2017 by
5

In Covent Garden? This is a Must visit for a cocktail or 5! Josh visited The Escapologist on 24 Feb 2017
26 Feb 2017 by
4

My booking was for 4 people but the table that was reserved was a table for 2. I was told that i could have a oouple of extra chairs but the table was tiny and it would have been impossible. I asked for an alternative table but they didn't have any. I asked for my £25 booking fee to be refunded and was told that i would have to contact the bookings team to arrange but as my booking hadn't been honoured i asked to speak to the Manager who was very apologetic and gave me my refund and told me he would e-mail me later that night but he didn't. I'm afraid my experience at The Escapologist wasn't a good one. visited The Escapologist on 25 Feb 2017
26 Feb 2017 by
1

Great value drinks in happy hour! visited The Escapologist on 25 Feb 2017
26 Feb 2017 by
5

I didn't get to go because they said they had no tables after phoning and emailing me twice. Now got an email about my evening great if I actually got to go?! visited The Escapologist on 25 Feb 2017
26 Feb 2017 by
1

The music for a Friday night was very hit and miss - especially for the time 9pm - 11pm, and the cocktails were very overpriced. The toilets were not clean, and I wouldn't recommend or come again based on this experience. visited The Escapologist on 18 Feb 2017
25 Feb 2017 by
2

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