Best Speakeasy Bars London

London is seeing a wave of speakeasy bars popping up across the city. It is a throwback to the Prohibition days of the 1920's in the United States, where illicit drinking dens were rife as they were forced to go underground by the police. These bars across London are authentic and magical places to have a drink, so transport yourself to another world with inventive cocktails soundtracked by the smooth sounds of jazz and swing. Here's our favourite London speakeasies to transport you back to the roaring 20s.

Last updated on 8th March 2017

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The Bootlegger

13 user reviews

Dabble in the artistry and sass of the prohibition at one of the best speakeasy themed bars in East London. Heralded for its vintage interiors and retro cocktail charm, head on down for something truly unique in the city.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

Nightjar

491 user reviews

Descend down the narrow staircase and stumble upon what it would be like to star in Boardwalk Empire. The Nightjar is a stunning speakeasy bar in London and well worth a visit thanks to their global awards, stunning cocktails and dashing live music. 

Splash the Cash £££
Shoreditch

The Ten Bells

39 user reviews
The Ten Bells
Design My Night offer - Free Sharing board with premium bottles of wine and 1 other offer available.

A cutesy nook just shy of Spitalfields, head upstairs at The Ten Bells for a top notch level of speakeasy inspired supping. A broody plot brimming with hand-made cocktails from master mixologists, chesterfield sofas and rich woodwork, Upstairs at The Ten Bells echoes the darling charm of some of the best cocktail bars in vintage history. 

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

The Chelsea Prayer Room

11 user reviews

This secret speakeasy can be found above Goat DINE, the cool restaurant bar on the Fulham Road. Serving unbranded drinks and with enough space to host only thirty guests, this is a speakeasy in London with an air of exclusivity. 

Happily Affordable ££
Kensington

Found

1 user reviews

A cool basement cranny found underneath Casita, Found is one of the most elusive speakeasy bars in London. A hidden gem on the vintage scene, head on down for a distinct selection of 12 cocktails in a markedly romantic enviroment. 

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

Demon, Wise and Partners

4 user reviews

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city’s financial district, Demon, Wise & Partners offers a relaxed and refined atmosphere to help you recharge those batteries. Tucked away beneath The Arbitrager, in amongst the city’s towering skyscrapers, find this haven for quality drinks and while away the hours while you clutch an exceptional cocktail.

Happily Affordable ££
Liverpool Street

Secretive, quirky and filled with forgotten classic cocktails; Hawksmoor Spitalfields' Bar is one of the best subterranean drinking dens in East London. Complete with a cutting-edge decor that cannot fail to impress, the bar serves discerning drinkers unique cocktails, fine wines and locally sourced beers, with delicious bar snacks on hand if hunger should strike. 

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

The Somers Town Coffee House

180 user reviews

Don't let a name fool you when it comes to this King's Cross gem. While known for their themed rooms and hidden garden, the Somers Town Coffee House also boasts a stunning speakeasy cocktail bar for all of your vintage, cocktail whims. 

Happily Affordable ££
Kings Cross

Basement Sate

86 user reviews

Soho's swankiest of speakeasies is right beneath your feet in London's most luxurious of basement bars. Settle into a plush leather armchair with tipple in hand and get intimate with a date, catch up with an old friend or take a gaggle of your favourite mates for a sophisticated sojourn into a secret soiree.

Happily Affordable ££
Soho

The Arts Theatre Club

2 user reviews

Nothing speaks of romance better than a true, vintage speakeasy. Luckily, the Arts Theatre Club doubles as one of the best speakeasy bars in London, as well as a prime date spot. Whisk your honey away to this members-only escape for libations and lovely tunes enjoyed in pure, Prohibition-era sophistication.

Happily Affordable ££
Soho

Rise 46

108 user reviews
Rise 46
Bottomless Bubbles. and 1 other offer available.

Rise46, just a short walk from Clapham Rail, is an an authentic 1920's London basement bar, with brilliant live music and entertainment throughout the week. The drinks menu has been created to ensure the best quality tipple, with fresh ingredients at happily affordable prices. The speakeasy vibe is accentuated by live jazz, as background music - combined with its 1920's decor. 

Happily Affordable ££
Clapham

Oriole

338 user reviews

The team behind the multi-award winning Nightjar introduce Oriole, another jewel of a drinking joint wowing the crowds in Smithfield Market. Head inside and discover a much more vast space filled with exotic mystery and magic, you’ll find influences from the New World, Old World and the Orient sprinkled throughout both the decor and cocktail list. Sip on mixed drinks made up of flavours from all corners of the globe, nibble on equally tasty plates and enjoy a playlist of jazz, swing and blues.

Splash the Cash £££
East London

Ruby's Bar and Lounge

18 user reviews

Ruby's Bar in Dalston is a new speakeasy bar on the scene and is something a little different for a night out in London. Have your cocktails served up in tin cups and Manchester milk bottles and take in the magical atmosphere with candle lights and a feeling that you are drinking somewhere rather special in London. It is table service only with no standing so booking is highly recommended. 

Happily Affordable ££
Dalston

Purl

16 user reviews

Take yourself straight to the 1920's at Purl and explore your way through a delightfully quirky cocktail list at this top London speakeasy bar. An intimate and unique London bar, this is a must for fans of diverse mixes and fun drinking dens.

Splash the Cash £££
Mayfair

Worship Street Whistling Shop is a true speakeasy bar located in the hidden streets in between Shoreditch and Liverpool Street. Its a 19th Century inspired Gin Palace and a world of delights awaits if you manage to find it.

Splash the Cash £££
Shoreditch

Opium

109 user reviews

Opium is a great London speakeasy style cocktail bar. They deliver seasonal Oriental themed cocktails, in a discrete and decadent setting. Widely considered one of London's best speakeasy bars (and arguably London's best Oriental cocktail bar), Opium is the perfect hidden away place for unique cocktails in a beautiful setting.

Splash the Cash £££
Soho

214 Bermondsey

9 user reviews

This wonderful speakeasy bar is located beneath an Italian restaurant called Antico. Dim lighting, exposed brick work and a wonderful array of spirits, especially Gin, make this a a great choice for a special occasion.

Happily Affordable ££
London Bridge

Trailer Happiness

11 user reviews

Radiant with intimacy and tiki flair, it almost seems a shame to lift the lid on this secretive basement bar on Portobello Road. Head inside to uncover a world of exotic drinks, kooky interiors and delightful Dim Sum bites. It’s an ideal spot for a date or a catch up with your mate, and cocktails like the Banzai ’45, Mr Yellow Belly and Dia De Los Muertos will have you back time and again.

Happily Affordable ££
Notting Hill

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