There is nothing like unearthing small, quirky bars in London. When you open the door, you get transported to another world, a magical world away from the hustle and bustle of London. Leave your troubles at the enchanted doorway and step right in...
1) Bourne and Hollingsworth (West End)
Walk down the stairs, off Charlotte Street and be transported back to a 1930s / grandmas dining room. This may not sound very appealing but it manages to pull it off in a quirky, retro, cool way. The cocktails are fantastic and served in a cup and saucer (which I loved). There are DJs on the weekend but be warned, this place is small. Get their early for pre-drinks perhaps before heading off for the rest of your night. Bourne and Hollingsworth is also a fantastic "date" place as it will impress even the toughest of critics. Prices are happily affordable with cocktails from £7.50. For more info, click here
2) Callooh Callay (Shoreditch)
If you loved Narnia as a kid well this is the chance to live out your childhood fantasies. Imagine the entrance as the wardrobe into the magical kingdom. I like to offer you bars that don't serve drinks in cups and Callooh Callay is another one that doesn't believe in standard glasses! Here you can drink cocktails out of gramophones. They believe in great drinks, it is indeed a master art for the team at Callooh Callay. Cocktails for £8 here are well worth it. This place is a must for any Shoreditch go-ers. For more info, click here
3) Three Blind Mice (Shoreditch)
A bar doesn't have to be polished and "perfect" to make it onto my top 3; that's lucky for Three Blind Mice. This basement bar really is a hidden gem. The decor is definitely pointing more towards the shabby end of shabby-chic, with low lighting, peeling posters and decrepit chairs. This however is it's charm. The music is always top notch with top name vinyl spinners ranging from electro to reggae. Cocktails here will also set you back £8 and you will definitely feel like someone "in-the-know". For more info, click here
If you know of any other hidden gems, comment and let me know.