Top 10 Bars with Hidden Rooms
You see that rather innocuous looking bookshelf there? Give it a nudge. Nine times out of ten you’ll succeed only in winning the intrigue of a group of curious on-lookers. But maybe, just maybe, you’ll stumble into one of London’s notorious secret rooms; rife with luscious drinks, cosy interiors and an oh-so chic crowd of well-informed revellers. Check out our top 10 bars with hidden rooms in London and unearth a hidden gem on your next night out.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
This one is so cool we don’t even want to ruin the surprise. Simply stride into the Breakfast Club’s Liverpool Street location, stand somewhere in the vicinity of the Smeg Fridge and proclaim yourself “here to see the Mayor”. Seriously, just do it!
You’re right. There is something peculiar about that bookshelf, you’d better investigate. Successfully negotiate a way through and you’ll discover a sparkling secret destination, filled with plenty of dining spaces, its own bar and a ping pong table. It’s perfect for an elusive private function, especially when you consider it provides its own access to the rear garden.
A whimsical wonder of Narnia-esque nooks and crannies, step through the wardrobe to meet Callooh Callay’s famed secret room. It’s a truly eccentric space, where guests select their poison from a comic-book menu and Lewis Carroll-inspired quirks greet every turn.
You’ve toiled away tracking down Opium in the first place, so why stop there? Carry on the search to discover Peony; a stunning ‘speakeasy within a speakeasy’ in the heart of Chinatown. With room for just 25, Peony is an intimate, exclusive plot teeming with intricate Dim Sum bites and marvellous oriental-themed cocktails. It’s a divine experience well worth rooting out.
The Brekky Club return to the list with another of their elusive favourites, this time found behind an obscure sliding wall in their Battersea venue’s launderette. Find your way inside an settle into this 70s-styled bachelor pad, with Wallbanger and Sand In Your Pants cocktails teamed with bites served by handsome blokes in Hawaiian shirts.
Those folks at Goat Chelsea don’t leave anything to chance. They’re so intent on keeping the Chelsea Prayer Room a secret that they’ve tucked this room away behind a secret door, with a code that changes frequently for added protection. Scale these various obstacles, however, and you’ll be rewarded with a space of old school jazz, luxurious Chesterfield sofas and cocktails from unmarked vintage medicine bottles.
Admit it. You were born to belt out power ballads and drop breathless DJ sets to an adoring crowd, and you know it. There’s no better place to kick start your career than The Studio, LCC’s secretive, leather-clad pad complete with lashings of Ketel One vodka and its very own showpiece recording studio.
Sure, they’re undeniably fantastic for a pint of something crafty, but those folks at Brewdog Shoreditch are also doing a great job of keeping a secret from you. Tap one of their bartenders on the shoulder and ask for Underdog; they’ll escort you downstairs to explore an innovative secret bar of taxidermy, beer-infused cocktails and New Orleans beats.