Six of London’s quirkiest clubs and bars right now
It’s no secret that we Brits love a tipple. And what better time to enjoy a drink and a dance than party season? If you’re heading to London over the festive season, there are a ton of amazing, quirky bars and clubs that are seriously hot right now.
Hidden Spirit Ship
Step foot on the Hidden Spirit Ship this Christmas and embark on the quest to steal long lost treasure from the grasps of the fearsome governor, all while enjoying some delicious cocktails. This is one truly unique cocktail experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in a world of all things pirates and plunder. You can find this bar on Cathedral Street.
Last Tuesday Society
Hidden amongst Viktor Wynd’s Museum of Curiosities, this is one cocktail bar that sports a menu full of magical potions with plenty of weird and wonderful drinks to be sampled. Each tipple is inspired by an artefact that can be found inside the museum. The bar is huge on absinthe, so it’s certainly not a night for the faint-hearted, and both bar and museum can be found in Hackney, on Mare Street.
The next haunt on the list is over in West Hampstead. Bobby Fitzpatrick is a seventies-themed cocktail bar that takes nostalgia to an unprecedented scale. A vintage playlist, some gaudy wallpaper and a stucco ceiling set amongst far too much wood…it’s a venue fit for Austin Powers himself. However, there’s something rather therapeutic about escaping the 21st century and throwing it back nearly five decades! Partake in some seriously groovy drinking and sample the most retro cocktails you ever did see.
First Aid Box
This Brixton cocktail bar is one venue that does what it says on the tin. It serves some brilliantly hard drinks that have been doctored with vitamins and superfoods – just maybe enough to fend off any impending hangover? The drinks are also decorated, slightly disconcertingly, with pharmacological paraphernalia! Take up residence at the bar for some great chat and an amazing view of the night nurses preparing your “prescription”.
Smithfield Market is famed for its wide variety of meat, yet few people know about Oriole, the luxurious space of exotic design and global influence, also found there. This is one club that serves delicious cocktails from every corner of the globe with a live music schedule to match. West Coast African blues, Mongolian folk music, Cubic Son – you’re in for a treat.
Eve by Adam Handling
Covent Garden is a favourite area of London for many; there are hundreds of places to wine and dine. That said, hidden beneath is the capital’s very own Garden of Eden. Much like Eve then, you’ll be seriously tempted to indulge here and, to be honest, there is no better place to pursue pleasure. The cocktails are as aesthetic as they are tasty and the interior here is nothing short of amazing. It’s practically heaven on earth.
Thankfully, if you overindulge, either at Eve or one of London’s many other tantalising bars, there are many brilliant hotels for you to stay. Dorsett Hotel, City of London is in a prime, central location, and makes an excellent choice if you’re planning a night on the tiles.
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