London is full of hidden delights and cool things that you might never discover if you don’t look hard enough. Start off on right track and make your UK working holiday even more amazing with these 5 secret bars in London.
With space for only 60 people inside, CellarDoor is a cosy and intimate venue known for its varied schedule of shows with everything from open mic to cabaret. Interestingly, CellarDoor is located within converted Victorian era public restrooms in Aldwych, which definitely adds to the overall hidden-away, alluringly seedy aspect of the bar.
Experimental Cocktail Club
Spread out over three floors, Experimental Cocktail Club exudes a hip and happening feel from the moment you venture through its easily unnoticed main entrance, giving it a cutting-edge feel that matches the eclectic and daring drinks menu perfectly. The contemporary minimal dÃ©cor with exposed brickwork and low-key lighting adds the perfect finishing touch to this hideaway in Chinatown.
Ye Olde Mitre Tavern
If you have a hankering for some traditional British ales and hearty pub food, Ye Olde Mitre Tavern will definitely strike you as a hidden gem. Dating back to the 16th century and tucked away in a small alleyway in Holborn, Ye Olde Mitre Tavern features three rooms and a courtyard with stand up tables should you fancy an al fresco pint over the summer months.
Phoenix Artist Club
With its distinctive Art Deco dÃ©cor and walls adorned with actors’ headshots, the Phoenix Artist Club in Soho is renowned for its live entertainment with everything from cabaret to open mic nights. It’s worth bearing in mind that membership is required for admittance after 9pm, but patrons who can show a theatre ticket stub may be granted access, provided there is space inside.
Bourne and Hollingsworth
Floral wallpaper and vintage tablecloths afford Bourne and Hollingsworth the tasteful feel of a tearoom from the 1920s. Don’t be deceived by the dainty dÃ©cor, however; this Fitzrovia establishment prides itself on its daring and contemporary cocktail menu whilst there is also lager on draught if you prefer.
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