Hidden Cocktail Bars in London

Hidden in the dark and lovely depths of London is a roster of secret cocktails bars that promise no bounds when it comes to eclectic interiors and must-try mixology. But where to snag a table for one of these fine, elusive forays? From speakeasys behind barren doors to plush cocktail plots underneath your very feet, discover the very best when it comes to hidden cocktail bars in London.

Last updated on 20th July 2018

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The Bootlegger

21 user reviews 4

The era of Prohibition meant that plenty of boozers and bars had to go undercover to keep serving punters, and just the same can be said for this secret London cocktail bar. A haven for those that want to hark back to all things vintage, head on down to The Bootlegger for one almighty and delicious, trip back through time. 


2 user reviews 5

Hidden behind one of the hardest doors to find in China Town, and certainly boasting some of the best Asian wares in the city, Opium is a bar that has another secret up its sleeve and that's Peony. An intimate and decadent space of Eastern cocktails, can you find the drinks hidden behind this elusive door?

Callooh Callay

502 user reviews 5

Shoreditch has a lot to say for itself when it comes to some of the best cocktail bars in London, but it's also up there when it comes to the city's finest, hidden gems. While Callooh Callay itself isn't the hardest bar to find, head on inside and see if you can find the secret space hidden somewhere within its cocktail realm. 

When it comes to mixology that will impress, not only are Worship Street Whistling Shop coming up trumps with their creative collection of cocktails, their interiors are markedly unique to boot. Broody, vintage and hailing speakeasy charm, find this nugget and impress anyone and everyone that comes with you along the way. 

Basement Sate

216 user reviews 4

Cocktails and dessert, there's only one place that provides the very best of both. One of the best hidden cocktail bars in London, not only are Basement Sate forward thinking in their drinks approach, they're hankering after your sweet tooth with a stunning roster of dessert plates.

Kansas Smitty's

79 user reviews 5

Coupling soulful live music with authentic julep cocktails, Kansas Smitty's has a reputation for dazzling its guest with wonderful live music. Really making sure that everyone has a memorable experience, the venue's house band take over the stage 5 nights a week, filling the entire basement with quavering notes and electric energy. Tucked under street level in Haggerston, this hidden cocktail bar in London is well-worth a visit.

Behind This Wall

42 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, which showcases some of Britain's best small-batch distilleries. Simple yet elegant, this bar never disappoints.