As if there wasn’t enough going on in London above street-level, when you explore deep below London’s streets and skyscrapers you’ll find a warren of hidden venues buried right under our feet. It’s not just the tube down there, you know.

From hidden champagne cellars, mysterious subterranean bars, and the a club that was once a WC, here are 25 of our favourite underground drinking spots.

The Club at Amazonico

Chances are you’ve heard of Amazonico, the Mayfair restaurant known best for their rainforest-inspired décor, vibrant atmosphere and South American cuisine. But what you probably haven’t heard of is the secret spot located underneath the restaurant.

Behind a discreet doorway (via the kitchen) you’ll have to be really lucky to get an invite to ascend the golden-clad staircase and enter the restaurant’s best kept secret. It’s invite only, with no membership and no way to request or guarantee access, making it one of London’s most exclusive spaces. Décor-wise, expect a golden octopus, a seashell bar, and sequin-covered columns.

Expect a golden octopus, a seashell bar, and sequin-covered columns.

Where: 10 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR
Website: www.amazonicorestaurant.com

The Living Room at Meraki

The first thought as you enter a restaurant probably isn’t to look behind the wine shelf. But disappear behind it at Meraki and you’ll find a dimly lit corridor, revealing a secret entrance to a subterranean lounge, The Living Room. Here you’ll be met with cocktails, dim lighting, plush velvet seating and of course, Meraki’s renowned Greek food.

Two of their signature ‘caves’ (private brick-lined booths) can be booked for up to 8 guests for those who want to dine in a more intimate and exclusive setting, and a late-night menu is on offer to a soundtrack of beats from resident DJs until the early hours.

Look behind the wine shelf...

Where: 30 Foley St, London W1W 7TJ
Website: www.meraki-restaurant.com

Disrepute

If you’re after a special location for an impressive first date, after-work drinks or group evening-out, Disrepute is sure to promise a memorable secret bar experience. Tucked away between the hustle and bustle of Carnaby Street and Kingly Court, the entrance is so discreet that if you blink, you just might miss it.

The cocktail list is stunning, the décor is glamorous, and being a members’ club, the atmosphere is exclusive – making you feel like you’ve stumbled across one of London’s best kept secrets.

 

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Where: 4 Kingly Ct, Carnaby, London W1B 5PW
Website: www.disrepute.co.uk

Discount Suit Company

Look for clothing at the Discount Suit Company and you’ll be suitably disappointed. It won’t last long though, because with cheap cocktails, exposed brickwork, and beamed ceilings, you’ll have found yourself your new favourite underground bar.

As a nod to the former tailor shop which it transformed from, look under the vintage ‘Discount Suit Company’ sign for the light marking its discreet entrance, descend the steep dark stairs, and enter via the black curtain. 

Where: 29A Wentworth St, London E1 7TB
Website: www.discountsuitcompany.co.uk

 

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Nocturne

Nocturne is housed beneath a wine and cheese shop in South Kensington, with features that are incongruous with everything a great basement bar should have; cocktail cabinets, low lighting, a centrepiece piano and drinks trolleys.

Once below ground, make sure to try the Strawberry & Ginger Negroni (gin, campari, sweet vermouth, strawberry and ginger) and the Coconut & Pineapple Boulevardier (bourbon whiskey, Italian vermouth, bitters, coconut, pineapple and jelly).

Housed beneath a wine and cheese shop in South Kensington.

Where: 158 Old Brompton Road SW5 0BA
Website: www.nocturnebar.co.uk

Bandra Bhai

Forget basement dive bars. At Bandra Bhai, you’ll be granted access to a retro Indian smugglers den, full of spectacular trinkets, foreign liquor, gaudy art and velvet upholstery. A ‘delightfully tacky, dimly lit, groovy basement spot’ is how they describe themselves, and a visit to this underground space will see you drinking cocktails that are heavy on the Indian flavours. 

Think the Bangbang Bandstand with Tequila, ginger syrup, lemon, pink grapefruit and ginger ale; or the Green for Gold with Opihr Gin, lime and gunpowder green tea syrup. There’s also a range of Indian small plates to nibble whilst you sip, including Mangalore Buns with Crab Sukkah, Flaky Flat Bread, and Old Delhi Chicken Tikka.

Where: 79-81 Mortimer St, London W1W 7SJ
Website: www.bandrabhai.co.uk

 

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Supermax

Don’t be surprised if you walk past Supermax’s entrance several times before realising it leads to this buzzing basement joint filled with cocktails, disco tunes and stunning interiors.

Hidden below Happy Face Pizza in King’s Cross, it’s the perfect place to shake off the working day. Their Aperitivo Hour is from 5:30pm-7pm where you dive into expertly mixed cocktails and cicchetti for less than a tenner.

A buzzing basement joint filled with cocktails, disco tunes and stunning interiors.

Where: 14-18 Handyside St, London N1C 4DN
Website: www.happyface.pizza

Below Stone Nest

Below Stone Nest may have an expertly chosen menu of cocktails, beers and natural wines, but it’s the location of this secret bar that just might steal the show.

Tucked away under busy Shaftesbury Avenue, and hidden below a deconsecrated church, it’s lit by candlelight only, making the the perfect romantic underground bar for date night.

 

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It’s lit by candlelight only, making the the perfect romantic bar for date night.

Where: 136 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5EZ
Website: www.belowsoho.london

The Vaults at Home House

The Vaults is a glamorous late-night bar and lounge located in the basement of private members club Home House’s most hedonistic haunt, House 21. With its own private entrance and two adjoining karaoke rooms with state-of-the-art sound systems, the 3am curfew means you can party privately into the early hours.

The exclusive and luxurious space even boasts its own bar and DJ booth for your private event – perfect for long-awaited reunions with friends and indulgent parties for up to 50 guests. Daring, decadent and newly refurbished, this is the perfect place to indulge in champagne by the bucketful.

Where: 20 Portman Square, London W1H 6LW
Website: www.homehouse.co.uk

116 Pall Mall

If you thought the stunning façade of 116 Pall Mall was impressive above ground, then you need to head below street level to check out the cellars. Here you’ll discover London’s hidden underground bar, 116 Pall Mall Champagne Bar by Searcys.

The champagne bar offers an array of fizz, including one of the largest selections of magnums in London, alongside creative cocktails, British bar bites and a roster of events. Experts in champagne and sparkling wine, the drinks menu nods to Searcys heritage, offering a selection of Brut, Demi-Sec and Rosé, alongside a list of magnums from the likes of Moët et Chandon, Drappier, and Dom Pérignon.

Where: 116 Pall Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5ED
Website: www.116pallmall.com

The Cinnamon Club

Nuzzled below Vivek Singh’s notorious restaurant, The Cinnamon Club, you’ll find the hidden underground cocktail bar of dreams and Westminster’s best kept secret. This seductive and intimate cocktail bar takes cues from both British and Indian culture, drawing inspiration from the rich colours of the spices found across India. It’s the perfect spot to while away your evening with friends, family or colleagues.

Expect luxe interiors, tropical plant-filled corners and flavour packed cocktails that put a contemporary twist on well-known classics. Make sure to try the signature Club Bellini – an infusion of Belvedere ginger vodka with apricot purée, spiced rose and topped with prosecco spumante; or the Red Lady – with Havana club 3yo, watermelon cordial, curaçao, orange and lime.

Where: The Old Westminster Library, Great Smith St, London SW1P 3BU
Website: www.cinnamonclub.com

Manetta’s Bar at Flemings Mayfair

Manetta’s bar nuzzled inside Fleming Mayfair is soaring with history. Back in the 1930’s, it was the place to hangout for the cognoscenti of the worlds of literature and the arts who mingled with celebrated rakes and aristos. Flash forward to now and this lively atmosphere lives on through the plush velvet, supple black upholstery and polished rose gold.

The cocktail menu is inspired by writers Agatha Christie and Gertrude Stein who are depicted on the walls alongside portraits of James Joyce and Alice B. Toklas. For negroni aficionados, explore the impressive menu of seven libations including the chocolate Negroni, made with Portobello Road No. 171 Gin, Campari, Crème de Cacao white and Dolin Rouge.

Where: Flemings, 7-12 Half Moon St, London W1J 7BH
Website: www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk

Blame Gloria

Taking over the basement that once housed Adventure Bar, Blame Gloria is a retro-inspired drinking den from the award-winning team behind Tonight Josephine, The Escapologist and Bar Elba. The Gloria in question is a former girl about town, she partied with Hendrix, spent her life in hotels, taught Bowie how to do his make up and can make a mean whiskey sour. Now that she no longer has the best legs in Soho, she has moved into the basement and is throwing the best parties.

Where: 20 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HP
Website: www.blamegloria.co.uk

Cahoots

Hidden beneath Kingly Court lies Cahoots, an underground bar, set in an ‘underground’ station keeping the camaraderie of the Blitz spirit alive. On the ground floor, Kingly Court train station has been taken over by a bunch of Scoundrels, fitted with mismatch furniture, a humongous station clock and a scattering of afternoon tea options (or cocktails if you head after dark).

Venture on downstairs to the Control Room, Soho’s newest well known speakeasy, and settle in for an evening of live performances and elaborate cocktails.

Where: 13 Kingly Court, Carnaby, W1B 5PG
Website: www.cahoots-london.com

 

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The Vault Soho

You know how things aren’t always quite what they seem? That’s the deal with Milroy’s whisky shop in Soho. That bookshelf in the shop, it’s not a bookshelf. It’s a hidden door and if you go through it you will come across The Vault.  A cosy little basement bar, it’s all exposed stone and wood panelling, the perfect place to hide away from Soho with a cocktail or two.

 

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Where: 3 Greet Street, Soho, W1D 4NX
Website: www.thevaultsoho.co.uk

The Bar at Artist Residence

Hidden below Pimlico’s boutique hotel, The Artist Residence, The Bar is known by those in the know but a hidden gem for those unaware.

Get into the spirit of things with top-notch hand-crafted cocktails in their speak-easy style cellar bar and let the good times roll. And if you want it all to yourself, exclusive hire of the cellar is available for groups of up to 45 guests, with your choice of music and your very own bartenders.

The Bar is known by those in the know but a hidden gem for those unaware.

Where: 52 Cambridge Street, Pimlico, SW1V 4QQ
Website: www.artistresidence.co.uk

WC Clapham

The cleverest name we’ve heard in a long time, WC Clapham stands for Wine and Charcuterie as well as being located in a former ‘water closet’. Small tapas-style plates include beef meatballs with tomato basil sauce & parmesan and baked Camembert with garlic, rosemary & toasted sourdough, whilst slats includes a selection of cheeses and charcuterie to be picked at with a glass, carafe or bottle of old and new world wines.

WC Clapham stands for Wine and Charcuterie as well as being located in a former ‘water closet’.

Where: Clapham Common South Side, Clapham, SW4 7AA
Website: www.wcclapham.co.uk

 

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Gremio De Brixton

Next time you go to Brixton then forgo the market and village and instead head to St Matthew’s Church because underneath it you’ll find tapas restaurant, Gremio de Brixton. Walking down the stairs you’ll find yourself in a dimly lit, cavernous room with exposed brick arches. There are nods to Roman Catholicism and Spanish matadors throughout but it’s the tapas that we’re really there for.

Well priced and with generous portions, make sure you order the chorizo with cider, patatas bravas and chicken skewers with aubergine hummus. At the weekend then dance it all off when the DJs take to the decks – if you’re not too full.

Where: St. Matthew’s Church, Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1JF
Website: www.gremiodebrixton.com

ESQ Bar at 100 Queen’s Gate

You’ll want to be rocking over to 100 Queen’s Gate’s chic hidden venue, ESQ Bar. Adorned with plush seating, here you can sit bac, unwind and disconnect from the outside world. ESQ’s wonderful mixologists specialise in making unique Victorian inspired drinks out of homemade infused spirits.

Where: 100 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5AG
Website: www.100queensgate.com

London Cabaret Club

Before entering the ballroom for an evening of cabaret, you’ll be seated at London Cabaret Club’s romantic underground Rose Bar.

Delicious cocktails are served here, with themed drinks offered depending on the current show. At the moment, their All About Gatsby cabaret is on, with  Gatsby-inspired cocktails like The Zozzled – made with Patron Silver, Agave Syrup, Fresh Lime Juice and Grapefruit Juice – and the Hotsy Totsy – made with Jack Daniels Fire, Kahlua , Orange bitters, Chocolate Syrup and Fresh chillies.

Where: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1B 4DA
Website: www.thelondoncabaretclub.com

 

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The Wine Cellar, The Stafford

For those looking for a private underground space you can hire all to yourself, look to The Wine Cellar at The Stafford. Built in the 17th Century and used as an air raid shelter during WWII, the space is now home to over 8,000 bottles of wine from across the world. 

Used for a whole host of events, from boardroom meetings and Christmas work parties to theatre and cabaret performances, this is one unforgettable underground drinking den.

Used as an air raid shelter during WWII, the space is now home to over 8,000 bottles of wine from across the world

Where: 16 – 18 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NJ
Website: www.thestaffordlondon.com

London Shuffle Club

London Shuffle Club’s basement speakeasy bar, Crazy Eight, is the home of table shuffle – a fast-paced game that’ll liven up your evening. Pop down for cocktails and a game of table shuffle and you’ll discover a menu that’s sure to delight even the most discerning of drinkers. Their freshly made sourdough pizzas can also be ordered to your table for a little late evening snack. With more intimate vibes than their main venue upstairs, you can sip and shuffle away in style.

Where: 4 Ebor St, London E1 6AW
Website: www.londonshuffle.com

Basement Sate

Things you don’t tend to find in a cellar: cocktails and pudding. You do however in Soho’s Basement Sate. Which means when you’re out drinking and suddenly get a craving for peanut butter and Oreo cake (who doesn’t?), you’re craving can be satiated with a quick trip to Basement Sate where puddings come first and cocktails come second. Genius.

 

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Where: 8 Broadwick Street, Soho, W1F 8HN
Website: www.basementsate.com

 

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Lucky Voice

Whether you’ve been graced with the voice of an angel or you just fancy channeling your inner Beyoncé, Lucky Voice is always a prime spot for birthday parties, work do’s and to just get your singing fix in. Find your nearest venue and head on down underground where no one but your friends will hear you screeching your vocal cords…

No one but your friends will hear you screeching your vocal cords…

Where: Multiple Locations
Website: www.luckyvoice.com

The Piano Works

You think of the tunes and let the professionals belt them out at The Piano Works. With one venue hidden below the heart of Farringdon and the other below London’s iconic West End, both venues will have you dancing on your feet to the beat of the drum (or piano).

And if musical theatre is your thing, make sure to head to SingEasy – one big musical theatre party located in a secret room in their West End venue. Expect singing waiters, a highly host and a piano vocalist for an evening of rip-roaring entertainment set to all your favourite showtunes. Even better, everyone is invited to sing along (when you’re not tucking into the delicious food and cocktails, that is).

Both venues will have you dancing on your feet to the beat of the drum (or piano).

Where: Multiple Locations
Website: www.pianoworks.bar

 

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