Londoners seem to love a secret bar. We know, you just can’t seem to get enough. Anything with ‘secret’, ‘underground’ or ‘hidden’ in the title, invariably means a whole host of people will flock to said location, only to be disappointed that a hundred other people had the same idea. But that is a thing of the past. Set to become Tooting’s best kept secret, The Hill Station could be the cosiest bar in South West London. We mean, cosy. The bar only has a 12 person capacity and is hidden away in Broadway Market.
Brought to London by the Heathcote Brothers, who are behind The Imperial Durbar and La Cabina, The Hill Station aims to be a sanctuary amongst the hustle and bustle of the market. Inspired by the brothers’ treks in the Himalayas, the exterior of the bar is modelled as an exact replica of a hill station in the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal. Adding to its kitsch charm, the walls are adorned with reclaimed wood and mountain memorabilia, some of which, you’ll be happy to know, were actually used to scale Everest.
But it’s not just the atmosphere that will pull you in, the drinks menu has been derived from flavours native to the Himalayas, using local spices, herbs and liquors. Inventive cocktails include The Yak’s Milk, containing Yunnan tea, whiskey and tamarind paste, all shaken together with egg white, served with a flourish in copper travelling mugs. Whilst cocktails such as the Hill Station Tea with homemade pimiento rum mixed with brandy are presented in travelling flasks for a group (less than 12 – sorry) to share. Not to shy away from any details, The Hill Station also offer a small food menu, including the Basecamp Burger and the Mountain Cheese Platter, perfect for small groups to share. The lure of the small space puts an end to the trauma of having drinks spilled on your new suede shoes, with the added possibility that you’ll know everyone in the bar. Where else can you say that?
The Hill Station is open Wednesday-Sunday 5pm – 12am