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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

Soho

3 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4NX, UK

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Underground drinking in The Vault

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

Old Street

129 City Rd, Old Street, London EC1V 1JB, UK

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Deliciously moody lighting at Nightjar

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

Spitalfields

12-16 Artillery Ln, Spitalfields, London E1 7LS, UK

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The perfect dark and stormy cocktail for a dark and stormy night

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


Opium

Chinatown

15-16 Gerrard St, London W1D 6JE, UK

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Let the decor at Opium transport you to another place and time

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


Experimental Cocktail Club

Chinatown

13a Gerrard St, Chinatown, London W1D 5PS, UK

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The original London speakeasy is perennially popular with cocktail-loving Londoners

Arranged over three floors behind a beat up old door in Chinatown, this stylish cocktail bar is a classic. Booking recommended.


Milk & Honey

Soho

61 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 7NU, UK

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This London outpost of the New York boozer is worthy of the hype

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.