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 2nd August 2016
Hawkmoor Spitalfields Bar is a serious contender for best basement bar in London. Set in a former illegal strip club, guests dine on Hawksmoor's legendary steaks underneath turquoise-tiled arches while award-winning mixologists do wicked things with gin.
Tucked out of sight at The Brewers Inn in Wandsworth is Jones Cellar Bar, a secret basement bar offering an alternative from the more formal atmosphere upstairs. Set against an exposed-brick-wall interior, visitors can order a tailored charcuterie or cheese platter to enjoy with one of the pub's excellent wines.
Finding secret speakeasy Found, is all part of the fun when it comes to drinking at this underground cocktail bar. The search is well worth it though; the bar's philosophy is quality rather than quantity, resulting in a choice of 12 perfectly mixed cocktails.
Look for the neon lights guiding you down to the industrial-feel W M Barker & Co, a basement bar in Bishopsgate. It's all about the underground cocktails here, with bartenders shaking up everything from a classic margarita to a Victoria Beckham from the celebrity-inspired list.
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?
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.
Devilishly rich and decadent are the pervading themes of hidden underground bar Basement Sate, a dessert and cocktail bar in Soho. Discover the Parisian in you - sink onto a leather-clad chaise longue and pick delicately at one of the deliciously French desserts while sipping something fruity.
Basement bar 5cc Electricity Showrooms in Hoxton is everything you want from a subterranean night out; mixologists use fresh produce for their cocktails, there's plenty of moody nooks and crannies with copper-topped tables and deep red lighting, and the disco-light floor illuminates your way to the bar.
Charles Dickens' London is very much alive and kicking, hidden in a London underground cocktail bar in Shoreditch. Worship Street Whistling Stop is a Victorian-style gin palace, complete with gas lamps, waiters in waistcoats and some of the best gin found this side of the Thames.
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.