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 3rd May 2018
Hidden below a classic British pub is a gem of cocktail proportions. Know for its speakeasy vibe, illicit feel and date night charm, head below The Mitre in Notting Hill for a night of bespoke cocktails, beloved chats and hot dogs should they take your fancy.
Yearning for something a bit different in London, and looking to head up the social crowd with your knowledge of the city's hidden gems ? Then it's off to see the Dr for you. Join this hidden cocktail space in Canary Wharf for a cool, casual and quirky drinking experience.
Sister bar to Clapham's heralded brunch spot, Breakfast Club, The King of Ladies Man comes at guests with a more sultry approach. Luxe and boasting 70's retro charm, not only will you be lured by the interiors, you'll be enticed by the creative cocktail menu to boot.
Hidden places to drink in London; let's be honest, they're not so easy to find, but yet again, neither is this bar. Not only a members space that will require you to punch in a monthly code, Keystone Crescent harbours some of the best cocktails in the business behind its secretive doors.
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.
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?
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.
A favourite on the Bethnal Green scene, and another that's markedly hard to find, NOLA is a gem for those that want to sup on the very best of New Orleans. Should you find this secret cocktail space, you'll be treated to classic interiors and a myriad of whisky based drinks.
Grand, bespoke and beautiful, and that's the just interiors, the Victorian Bath House is one of the most stunning and secretive cocktail bars in London. A space of decadence and old world charm set among classic and creative cocktails, this is a gem in Bishopsgate's crown.
Hackney is home to some of the most creative bars in the city, but this one is seriously, and we mean seriously not one to miss. One of the most attractive, romantic and unique bars in East London, let The Natural Philosopher sway you with their unique cocktail selection and stunning roster of vintage furniture and kitsch bits.
With a roster of less than 15 cocktails on the menu, not only is Found up there when it comes to creating a bespoke selection of drinks, they're up their when it comes to Shoreditch secrecy to boot. A secret cocktail bar in London with the atmosphere to match, this gem is a must to be found.
Headed West for a drink but looking for a unique bar that can cure all of your cocktail qualms? We know just the place, if you can find it that is. Hidden in the heart of Chelsea, the Chelsea Prayer Room is an intimate, romantic and candlelit space with some of the best cocktails in the business.
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.
While Euston might be one of London's busiest spots, Simmons Euston Square is a secret den that whisks you away from the madness. Escape to quirky furniture and a killer happy hour of £2.50 bottles of beer and 2 cocktails for £10.
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.
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.
You might be familiar with Eurasian sharing plate restaurant Hopscotch, but head downstairs and you’ll find a different treat: The Drinking Den. Providing a haven from Brick Lane, expect a twinkling hideout where good booze makes even better cocktails.
Hidden beneath the streets of Soho, you’ll find a proper old school speakeasy, complete with velvet-decked sofas, amazing live music, and tonnes of charm. While you’re there, you could treat yourself to a delicious cocktail from their extensive drinks list, or treat yourself to a small plate too.