The best secret bars in London
A bookcase in London's oldest whisky shop, a secret fridge door, a whispered password and a wardrobe... London is littered with tucked-away, hidden drinking spots.
The 'speakeasy'-style bar is a term that rolls off the average Londoner's tongue (along with added connotations of dimly lit interiors and moustached, rough linen apron-wearing bar staff). But there's a reason our establishments keep nodding to the prohibition era – there's something of a kick in settling down in a bar that's made you work for it. Browse our gallery of our favourite hidden bars below:
The low down: By Appointment Only, the bar within Liverpool Street's Victorian take on a Turkish bath house, appears to be an ornate and deceptively small kiosk from the outside. But, descend the staircase and a wide and almost painfully pretty cavernous space opens beneath you. Marble, mosaics, stained glass – the works. Perhaps one of the most beautiful spots in the city.
We recommend: The 'Bottled from The Lost City of Z' cocktail: Coconut water, sugar cane rum infused with almond
Can you book? Punters are able to book on Fridays only. (The clue is in the name). Available to book here