In a land of underworld skullduggery, black market racketeering and spivvy good-for-nothings, life in post-war Britain may not seem too attractive. Unless you’re at Cahoots birthday party, in which case leave your ration-book at home, grab your demob suit and join in the chicanery going down at the illicit 1940s party.
Cahoots is brought to us by the same people that created the worlds of Maggies, Bunga Bunga and Mr Fogg’s, immersive bars set in times and worlds far away yet instantly accessible. Founders Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling have created in Cahoots an almost time-traveller ability to descend into the mid 1940s on entry and you’ll be instantly patting yourself down and checking that you’re not Nicholas Lyndhurst in Goodnight Sweetheart.
To celebrate the dive bar’s second birthday Cahoots will decamp from their Kingly Court home to the tunnels and vaults below Waterloo station for an underground knees up immersed in a world of illicit market traders, drunken politicians, swing dancers and starlets. The setting will be a black market bunker immediatley after the war.
Upon arrival at Cahoots’ Black Market, guests will walk through the ticket office and be greeted by the infamous entrepreneur Billy Hill, Cahoots’ main source of stolen goods and owner of the underground black market, with a Veuve Clicquot champagne reception. And so begins the evening, with various tunnels leading to different experiences and meeting characters along the way, including magician Dee O’Blimey Riley Guvnor and infamous entrepreneur Billy Hill.
The immersive experience will also feature lashings of Grey Goose, Jack Daniels and Bombay Sapphire (or Fentimans soft drinks if you’re not on the ‘hard stuff’). Whitsable Bay Blonde lager and Bay Pale Ale will also be on offer and guests will eat and drink meals served in mess tins.
The party will continue long into the night with retro DJs playing sets into the small hours as guests, who will be encouraged to arrive in uniforms and period dress, dance away.
Cahoots Second Birthday at The Vaults, 7AD, Leake St, Waterloo, SE1 7NN