Unusual and secret bars in London

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After the article devoted to atypical and unusual hotels in London, here is the tour of the unusual and secret bars that I appreciated for their settings, their concepts or the quality of their cocktails.

Once again, I have not been invited or paid to talk about these bars and therefore my words are free!
If you also know of other unusual or secret bars in London, do not hesitate to let me know in the comments below ...

Cahoots a secret bar hidden in a metro station

Cahoots is a secret bar hidden away in the Soho neighborhood, a short walk from Carnaby Street.

The originality of this bar is that it is located in the former Kingly Court underground station which served as a shelter for the population during air raids during the Second World War.

The vast majority of cocktails are original creations presented in vintage containers, such as flasks, milk bottles or even cups.

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Address : 13 Kingly Court, Carnaby, London

Metro bus Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus3, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 23, 25, 55, 88, 94, 139, 159, 390, 453, C2, N13, N18, N97, N109, N113, N136


Opium a secret bar in Chinatown

Hidden in an apartment in the heart of Chinatown, Opium is an invitation to travel and more particularly to China at the time of prohibition.

During your flight, you can taste inventive and original cocktails with Asian and Western flavors. And to continue to surprise us, the cocktails are presented in original containers and some with special effects…!

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Address : 15 -16 Gerrard Street

Metro bus Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square24, 29, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41



The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town: entry subject to password!

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is hidden in the basement of the Breakfast Club restaurant. So to discover the other side of the decor, you will have to announce the password that will open the door of the SMEG brand fridge and take you to the cellar of the restaurant!

People come more for the place and the concept of the bar than for the originality of the cocktails. The setting remains friendly and pleasant.


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Address : 12-16 Artillery Ln, London E1 7LS

Metro bus Liverpool Street, Shoreditch High ?Street, Aldgate East8, 25, 35, 42, 47, 48, 67, 78, 135, 149, 205, 242, 308, 344


The Attendant for a coffee in an old Victorian toilet

A few steps from Oxford Street, The Attendant has been installed since 2013 in a former public toilet from the Victorian era.

The bar has retained certain elements of the place such as for example the porcelain urinals which today serve as individual counters, the toilet flushes which serve as cache pots and the former room of the lady-pee which has been converted into a cozy space where you can taste their salty or sweet specialties.

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Address : 27A Foley Street - Basement

Metro bus Oxford Circus, Goodge Street10, 25, 55, 73, 98, 390


Duck & Waffle a magnificent view of London on the 40th floor

Located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower in the City business district, Duck & Waffle is a bar and restaurant with spectacular views over London. On the program, breathtaking view of the Tower Bridge, shard, the Gherkin ...

You can taste classic cocktails as well as creations, all elegantly presented.

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Address : Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate

Metro bus Liverpool Street, Aldgate8, 11, 23, 26, 35, 42, 47, 48, 78, 100, 133, 135, 149, 205, 242, 344, 388


The Churchill Arms: London's most flowery pub!

The Churchill Arms is a historic pub in Notting Hill  known for its flowery facade which enabled it to win the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show competition in 2007.
From 1800, the pub was frequented by the paternal grandparents of Winston Churchill.

Today, Londoners meet at the Churchill Arms to take advantage of its atypical and cozy setting!

Pub website


Address : 119 Kensington Church Street – London W8 7LN

Metro bus Notting Hill Gate, Bayswater, Holland Park27, 28, 31, 52, 70
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