Underground Bars in London

From Dickensian gin palaces to Masonic lodges, underground bars in London are more than just places to grab a delicious cocktail; with their own unique atmosphere and a sense of the mysterious, they remain one of the capital's best kept secrets. Perfect for date nights or after-work drinks, these are the best basement bars in London - if you can find them.

Last updated on 20th November 2019

When it comes to secret basement bars in London, there's no better than the Mayor. Hidden behind a fridge and granted only to those who know the right password, The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is a hidden treasure of cocktails and strong whisky led drinks. 

Absurd Bird Spitalfields

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Absurd Bird is underground in Spitalfields, offering a great collection of food and drink inspired by the American Deep South. Head to the dishevelled-chic bar and you can enjoy a cocktail or two, with their signature blends being everything like moonshine and bourbon. For food expect, a menu of hearty Southern comfort food.

The Escapologist

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All the very best secret basement bars in London have a good back story, and The Escapologist is no exception. Part Masonic lodge, part Gentlemen's club, the themed bar is filled with hidden coves, psychedlic art and 90s tunes which would certainly make their Victorian inspiration, master party-goer and criminal Baron Von Took, proud. 

Behind This Wall

57 user reviews 4

Fresh from a summer residency atop Oval Space's terrace bar, Behind This Wall is a secret little cocktail den that's setting up permanent shop in Hackney. The venue has purposely been decorated in an understated manner to stress the explosive flavours of the cocktail menu. With some of Britain's best small batch distilleries and a line-up of fresh fruits and liqueurs, every drink created here promises to dazzle. 

Black Rock

248 user reviews 5

Descend into Black Rock and you'll find your newest favourite whisky playground. The cool and minimalist bar holds over 250 bottles of whisky, with the mood lighting surrounding to perfect it. There's even an interactive cocktail ageing system in the form of a spectacular centrepiece, an 18ft, 185-year-old oak tree trunk.

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Look behind the paintings, search a few of the bookcases and you might stumble across the hidden bar at Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings. Serving a range of quirky cocktails and having hosted a variety of different events, this is the ideal spot for anyone that's not ready to call it a night. 

Old Street Records

481 user reviews 4

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As far as the best basement bars in London go, Old Street Records has got to be a contender. Jazz nights, EP launches and DJ sessions keep revellers rocking every night and to help get the party started there's a cocktail Happy Hour every day - need we say more?

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Both brewing their own creations and offering the best produce of London's most iconic breweries, the Temple Brew House has firmly established itself as a leading figure in London's craft beer circles. The venue sits below street level in Holborn and couples the great line-up of craft beer with an equally great menu of traditional British dishes. Think hearty roast dinners, topping-heavy burgers and fresh fish dishes.

Kansas Smitty's

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Coupling soulful live music with authentic julep cocktails, Kansas Smitty's is a charming underground bar in East London. The entire basement bar explodes into life 5 days a week, when the venue's house band take to the stage, playing a number of famous jazz tunes for guests to swoon with. Based below street-level in Haggerston in East London, this is definitely a hidden gem in London well-worth checking out.

Humble Grape Battersea

248 user reviews 5

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Wine lovers rejoice - tiny, intimate-feel Humble Grape in Battersea is the underground bar for you. With low lighting and simple wooden interiors, the bar is date-perfect; the wine list is more than impressive, with a focus on biodynamic and organic bottles.

WC Wine & Charcuterie Bar is a basement bar in London can be found underneath Clapham Common tube station. Occasionally hosting live musical performances, it's the pairing of fine wine and freshly made charcuterie that really grabs the headlines here. Expect effervescent flavours, stunning cheese boards and even better pieces of cured ham at this underground bar in London.