Best secret bars in London for cocktail connoisseurs
Insiders share their favourite 'underground' spots for a clandestine nightcap
Eclectic cocktails and dim-lighting awaits behind a secret door… or Smeg fridge.
The Vault at Milroy’s
You enter this subterranean drinking den through a ‘hidden’ door in a fake bookcase in Milroy’s whiskey bar and shop. The Vault’s cocktail list is enjoyably experimental, and you’re likely to want to keep ordering.
Recommended by Sara, founder of House Of, a fashion retail experience providing social spaces for women to shop with their friends.
Nightjar is a stylish speakeasy with an extensive cocktail list organised by historical period (prohibition, post-war etc). Live music every night from 9:30pm-ish. Booking recommended.
Insider tip: If you are a night-owl like us, there is an additional late night live music set every Friday and Saturday from 00:30.
Recommended by Lukas, head of growth at Secret Escapes. Lukas is German-Welsh and passionate about Italian food and the outdoors
The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
This bar is hidden behind a Smeg fridge door in the The Breakfast Club on Artillery Lane. Great service, tasty cocktails, and quirky-cozy atmosphere.
Recommended by AJ, strategy consultant. Originally from Delhi, AJ lived in Paris for a number of years before moving to East London
This cocktail and dim sum parlour is something out of a Somerset Maugham story. The strong drinks, theatrical vibe and hip crowd make for a memorable evening. To get in Opium, look for the jade green door on Gerrard Street in Chinatown and sweet talk the doorman - or book ahead.
What to order: Try the signature Opium Cocktail No. 1
Recommended by Sarah, co-founder of Ginza
Milk & Honey
Milk & Honey is a members club come private cocktail bar, but non-members can get in with a reservation before 11pm. With its intimate, hushed vibe, it is the perfect spot for pre-dinner drinks in Soho. For non-members booking is essential.