Hidden just short of Old Street, The Gibson is a sexy and swinging Prohibition-themed bar that serves up deliciousness in the form of incredible cocktails. Using ingredients that range from grub worms through to chocolate playing cards, the bar will knock up a drink like no one else.
Unusual Bars in London
In the vast cosmopolis that makes up London you will always find a wide variety of bars and venues and we have put together a list of some of the most unusual bars in London. Regardless of where you are in London, you will find themes ranging from role playing bars, underground speakeasies, futuristic bars and even tropical drinking spots. Check out our recommended list of the best unusual bars in London.
Modelled on the exploits of the infamous Baron - who came to London in 1848 shrouded in scandal - The Escapologist is one of central London's most unique and unusual basement bars. It's pegged as “part modern-day Victorian men's club, part Masonic Lodge”, serving a refined cocktail list, cheese-drenched pizzas and bottle service with guests having access to their own secret lockers. A must-try if you're looking for something different in Covent Garden.
This may seem like the run of the mill bar, but it's the restaurant that has our attention piqued. In order to heighten sensations and tranform perceptions, Dans Le Noir requires you to eat in complete darkness for a truly unique experience.
This is the ultimate speakeasy bar of London, discend the stairs and be prepared to be enchanted by a 1920's scene of candlelit tables, glorious tin cup cocktails, and crooning jazz and swing bands soundtracking your evening.
Take complete control of your dining experience, with the world's first interactive ordering system, beamed onto your table. Order your food & drinks, choose your virtual tablecloth, watch the chefs at work on 'chef cam', play games, and much more, all through your interactive table surface.
When it comes down to some of the most unique bars in East London, Hand of Glory consistently gets a look in. Pagan themed and brimming with trinkets that tell of craft and witchery, join them not only for cool craft beers, there's Americana bites and some of the best gin cocktails in the city to boot.
Already a noted name in the London cocktail industry, Simmons are not only a kitsch wonderland with zany shapes and games consoles, it's their cocktails that shine. Unique, enticing and creative, if you're looking for cocktails with a twist and happy hours that dazzle, this is the unique bar in London for you.
Whether you're a game buff or looking for a unique London bar, The Four Quarters can provide for all. Join this unusual haunt in the heart of Peckham Rye for plenty of arcade games and retro consoles set alongside comic books, themed cocktails and more.
A hidden capsule of classic supping and style inspired by London's 19th century manor house libraries describes The Punch Room perfectly. Nestled in the London Edition Hotel this is one cool place to drink in London where punch bowl cocktails are their speciality and the intimate brooding atmosphere makes for a cosy city refuge.
Ruby stands out as an unusual London bar as it is the only bar of its kind in Dalston. Look out for the classic Cinema sign with "Fortune Favours the Brave" and a little door below will lead down to this true 21st century speakeasy. The bar's main focus is quality drinks and intimacy. It's as if Dalston has taken a chill pill and learnt some manners. Book online to sample this brilliantly unusual London bar.
Black Rock is the perfect bar to go to for whisky connoisseurs, offering over 250 bottles of whisky in a cool, contemporary and minimalist environment. But what will really attract unusual bar-goers is the centrepiece: an 18ft, 185-year-old oak tree trunk that's used as an interactive ageing system.