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5 hidden cocktail bars in London

Written by Maddy Tickner

London is known for its vibrant cocktail bars with a whole multitude of household names across the city, but we want to highlight 5 of the best unique, hidden bars in London that deserve just as much attention.

And what better time to visit all the weird and wonderful bars that London has to offer than the spookiest month of all?



1. The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town

Want to get inside this cocktail bar? Just walk into the fridge. Yep, you read that right.

If you head over to the Shoreditch branch of The Breakfast Club and ask to see the Mayor, you’ll be invited to head in through a Smeg fridge door, which will transport you to The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town, a hidden speakeasy bar.

Once inside, you’ll find a quirky, dark cocktail bar filled with vintage furniture. There are plenty of unique drinks on offer, with bottomless brunches available on the weekend.


Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday, 5:00pm – 11:30pm | Thursday – Friday, 5pm – 12am | Saturday, 12pm – 12am | Sunday, 12pm – 10pm

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



2. The Experimental Cocktail Club

Nestled in Chinatown, we wouldn’t blame you if you walked past this bar without noticing it. However, once you get inside the unmarked door, you’ll find three floors filled with cocktails and chatter.

Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time because this can get booked up!

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 3am | Sunday, 6pm – midnight

Address: 13A Gerrard Street, London, W1D 5PS



3. The Last Tuesday Society

If you’re looking for the weirdest bar in London, you’ve found it with The Last Tuesday Society.

Located on the aptly named Mare Street, you’ll find a mind-blowing list of absinthes and award-winning cocktails here, with DesignMyNight awarding it ‘Best Bar in All of London’ in 2019.

Remember to also visit the Museum of Curiosities downstairs while you’re there.


Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday, closed | Thursday – Saturday, 3pm – 11pm | Sunday, 12pm – 10pm

Address: 11 Mare Street, London, E8 4RP



4. Nightjar

A favourite amongst Londoners, Nightjar can frequently be found at the top of lists of the best bars in London. And there’s no wonder why – Nightjar allows you to enjoy your cocktail against a backdrop of jazz and blues music, in a low-lit speakeasy bar setting.

Don’t delay in nabbing yourself a private booth in a slice of the Roaring Twenties.


Opening hours: Sunday – Tuesday, 6pm – 12am | Wednesday – Thursday, 6pm- 1am | Friday – Saturday, 6pm – 2am

Address: 129 City Road, Shoreditch, London, EC1V 1JB




5. Discount Suit Company

Don’t let the name deceive you – enter the Discount Suit Company and you’ll find one of London’s best hidden bars. Hidden behind the façade of the suit shop which was premised there before, the Discount Suit Company provides a cosy, intimate setting inside.

There isn’t a huge menu but there’s enough to please everyone, so much so that we would strongly recommend booking a table to make sure you get a seat.


Opening hours: Monday – Thursday, 5pm – 12am | Friday – Saturday, 2pm – 1am | Sunday, 5pm – 11pm

Address: 29 Wentworth Street, E1 7TB

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