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The best speakeasy bars in London

When we think of speakeasies, we tend to conjure images of clandestine bars hidden behind unassuming doors, where the allure of the 1920s Prohibition era still lingers.

London’s speakeasy scene is thriving, offering a unique blend of glamour, elegance, and clandestine charm.

Here’s the curated list from the Perfect concierge service team of the capital’s top speakeasy-themed establishments:

  • Velvet by Salvatore Calabrese

Experience Golden Age glamour with a playful twist at Velvet. Helmed by drinks expert Salvatore Calabrese, this opulent bar at the Corinthia Hotel offers inventive cocktails inspired by famous figures and their iconic quotes.

 

 

  • Happiness Forgets, Hoxton

Ranked 34 on the Top 50 Cocktail Bars list, Happiness Forgets delivers high-end cocktails in a low-key basement setting. Enjoy elegant twists on classic cocktails in a laid back atmosphere.

 

 

  • Opium, Chinatown

Step into the 1920s at Opium, a Shanghai-themed bar with three distinct areas. From the intimate Peony Bar hidden behind red curtains to the Apothecary Bar adorned with medicinal bottles, each space offers a unique speakeasy experience.

 

 

  • The Dragon Room, Mayfair

Nestled in the basement of Isabel Mayfair, The Dragon Room elevates late-night drinking with sublime cocktails and regular DJ sets. Indulge in opulent surroundings and vibrant nightlife from Thursday to Saturday.

 

 

  • The Luggage Room, Mayfair

A hidden gem since 2012, The Luggage Room specialises in classic cocktails with a touch of experimental flair. Embark on a journey through cocktail history in this intimate speakeasy setting.

 

 

  • Purl, Marylebone

Purl offers a sensory experience like no other, combining 1920s ambiance with innovative cocktail techniques. Prepare to be amazed by foams, foods, and liquid nitrogen creations that redefine mixology.

 

 

  • Ricco, West Kensington

Ricco’s hidden doors open to a world of live music and theatrical performances. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and eclectic music lineup while savouring expertly crafted cocktails.

 

 

  • Champagne Bar at 116 Pall Mall

Luxury meets prohibition at the Champagne Bar, nestled beneath 116 Pall Mall. Indulge in plush velvet seating, vaulted ceilings, and a decadent champagne selection for the ultimate speakeasy experience.

 

 

  • The Candlelight Club, secret London location

Embark on a journey back in time at The Candlelight Club, London’s secret 1920s party. With live jazz, cabaret performances, and candlelight ambiance, this pop-up speakeasy offers a truly immersive experience.

 

 

  • Nightjar, Shoreditch and Soho

Transport yourself to a bygone era at Nightjar, where vintage cocktails and live jazz music set the scene for an unforgettable evening. Explore a curated selection of cocktails spanning centuries of mixology history.

 

 

  • The Whisky Room, Leicester Square

Located within The Londoner, Leicester Square’s iconic hotel, The Whisky Room is a hidden gem that embodies the spirit of Prohibition-era speakeasies. This exclusive bar is nestled within The Residence, a collection of private areas reserved for hotel residents, adding an air of secrecy and exclusivity to the experience.

Guests enter The Whisky Room through a secret passage, setting the stage for an immersive journey into the world of whisky. The intimate parlour, with its limited seating for just 14 guests, creates an atmosphere of intrigue and sophistication.

 

 

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re seeking a laid back vibe, a multi-sensory experience, or a taste of luxury, London’s speakeasy bars have something for everyone. Step into these hidden gems and immerse yourself in the timeless allure of the Prohibition era.

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