Best Speakeasy Bars in London

London is rife with the speakeasy trend; a delicious throwback to the Prohibition days of the 1920's in the United States, where illicit drinking dens were dotted about in abundance, forced to go underground by the police. Nowadays? These hidden bars across London are authentic and magical places to have a drink, transporting you to another world with inventive cocktails, soundtracked by the smooth sounds of jazz and swing. Check out our favourite London speakeasies to transport you back to the roaring 20s.

Last updated on 11th March 2021

The Ten Bells

216 user reviews 5

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. 

Ruby's Bar and Lounge

13 user reviews 4

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. 


1778 user reviews 5

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.


8 user reviews 4

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. 

Trailer Happiness

18 user reviews 4

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.

The Theodore Bullfrog

50 user reviews 4

Whisky fans better look alive as this quirky spot opens its saloon doors above Charing Cross' Theodore Bullfrog. With delicious cocktails and some stunning bourbons, scotches and barrel-aged sips it's a perfect spot for anyone with a taste for the finer things.