In a city known for housing some of the most famous hotel bars in the world, it's easy to assume that there are no new drinking nooks left to uncover, so we're here to set that record straight. Hidden amongst some of London's most impressive sleeping spots are a wealth of discreet watering holes just waiting to be found, from basement lobbies to former baggage holds. We've put together our pick of the litter, so you can stay in the know about the best London hotels with secret bars.
A former literal luggage room at the Marriott Grosvenor Square, this intimate drinking space is one of the city's most notorious hotel bars. Designed with clandestine meetings and sultry date nights in mind, the speakeasy-inspired interiors are a mix of rich leather and luxe marble, perfect for adding a little extra decadence to proceedings. Keep your eyes peeled for an unobtrusive door and prepare to sink hand-crafted cocktails at this charming hidden watering hole.
Tucked away within the South Place Hotel this gorgeous garden is the only scene you'll be wanting to get some secret sips in. Ready for the elements, the space boasts a retractable roof and plenty of heaters for when the weather turns, while the bar is more than ready to warm up your insides with a carefully curated selection of moreish cocktails and delicious small plates. And for the entertainment? The Secret Garden hosts intimate screenings of all your favourite movies.
Head to the lower ground floor of Kensington's 100 Queen's Gate Hotel where this neat and discreet cocktail bar is waiting to greet you. Taking inspiration from the Victorians, the interiors come decked out with clever curios and elegant fixings - ideal for getting cosy with friends - while the drinks list offers nods to facts and trademarks of the era, including evaporated milk and newbie naval officers.
One of The City's most sought-after reservations, Vintry & Mercer's in-house watering hole is whisking you away to a time of sumptuous glamour and exciting cocktails. Located in the basement of the building, this secret London hotel bar is bringing the sultry style of the 1920s into the modern day with plush furnishings, leather banquettes and vintage artwork. As for the refreshments, DND offers up a sleek selection of barrel-aged cocktails and signature serves, alongside a variety of tasty eats.
When is a tea counter not really a tea counter? When it's the façade for a late-night London speakeasy. At least that's case at the St Martins Lane hotel. Seek out the secret door to their covert cocktail haunt, Blind Spot, and you'll be treated to slinky, dimly-lit interiors and a menu of unique drinks to dive into. Inspired by locations around the world, their concoctions pay homage to everywhere from Kyoto to Somerset, all you have to do is spin the globe and see where you're jetting off to.
One of the worst kept secret on London's hidden hotel bar scene, Miranda is party palace located below the Ace Hotel. Known for throwing raucous bashes that unravel until well into the early hours, this Shoreditch nightspot hosts everything from live jazz and new music showcases, to glitter-covered club nights, bingo parties and fiery drag shows. Thankfully, if you do end up staying out past your bedtime, there's plenty of rooms upstairs for you to catch some Zs in.
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