We’re always on the search for a new haunt to while away our evening sipping back on cocktails and luckily for us Londoners, the past month has seen seven glorious bars popping up across the city. From underground speakeasys to wildly pink wonders, here’s where to get your boogie on this week:
If you like a spot of dancing with your dinner, then Bloom ticks all of the boxes. Sat on Kensington High Street, and residing in the former Mahiki Kensington site, Bloom is bound to be west London’s most loved dance floor. Leaving boring dress codes and strict guest lists behind, the new venue is home to two fully stocked bars, resident restaurant and a secret dance floor. And with huge recommendation from my colleague (who’s now obsessed with venue), the Korean fried chicken is a must-try. You heard it here first!
One cocktail bar and restaurant concept that’s taken the capital (and the rest of the UK) by storm is The Alchemist and it’s back with its biggest venue yet in Canary Wharf. Their bartenders have once again worked their magical bringing with them an eye for detail and a dash of theatrics. To celebrate the opening they’ll be launching with a week of interactive performances so, er, prepare yourselves…
Opening Friday 29th November
Seriously if pink is your thing, you’ll love how dreamy Doña is. Although having technically opened on the 31st of October, Doña was an easy inclusion with its dreamy pink hues, sparky jazz club vibes and being hugely female-led. Open Wednesday through to Sunday, the bar specialises in temptingly good Mezcal cocktails, and we can already vouch that our favourite is the Fiorella packed full of Dangerous Don Mezcal, ginger, supasawa, agave, lime wheel and coffee beans.
Shhh, this one’s a secret…
Nuzzled beneath the notorious Smith’s Bar & Grill, you’ll find your new favourite speakeasy joint, aptly named The Hidden. Think chic interiors, low-lit vibes and stellar cocktails. The talented minds behind the concept have taken all of our favourite classic cocktails and fused them into an entirely new realm. And, if you can’t find the perfect tipple on the menu that’ll satisfy your cravings, why not challenge your bartender to create the cocktail of your dreams.
Stealthily placed inside the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, Nami boasts a stellar selection of Japanese street food and cocktails. Translating to ‘wave’ in Japanese, Nami hopes to intertwine instal waves of emotion through their cocktails, food, music and art projections. As well as cocktails, the bar boasts a great selection of non-alcoholic cocktails. We’re eager to get our hands on their matcha colada, a mock version of the traditional Pina colada combining nitro matcha, cocktail and pineapple juice.
You might not be whizzing off on the Orient Express (it’s impossible to nab up a ticket anyway) but scoot on over to Soho to the new Cahoots Ticket Hall and Control Room. 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.
Okay, so this one isn’t technically a bar but it’s too cute not to include.
Pink, pink and more pink. That seems to be the overall theme of the new gourmet breakfast eatery EllaMia, debuting at St Martins Lane Hotel and, quite frankly, we’re all on board. Brushed gold accents, subtle floral patterns and dusty pink hues fill the interiors and also transpose into the food and beverage scene also. Seriously, just look at those gorgeous lattes.
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