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: Deep in Soho, nestled on Greek Street, sits Milroy's – London's oldest whisky shop. Within, a hidden door in an unassuming faux bookcase will lead you to an unpretentious 'speakeasy' basement bar, with exposed brick and oak-panelled bar furnishings. A great spot for a drink before heading out into the night.
We recommend: The 'Coconut Butter Old Fashioned' with coconut butter, bourbon and bitters. (It is a whisky bar, after all.)
Can you book? Bookings can be made for groups over four, but smaller groups are able to walk in. Available to book here