London’s 15 Best Speakeasy Bars

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Whether you’re looking for a new bar to discover, the perfect date night destination or want to scour to find London’s best speakeasy bars, we’ve rounded up the city’s best kept secrets.

From late-night drinking dens to Champagne bars, bars with flamboyant interiors to cocktail havens, read on to find out more.

The Bloomsbury Club Bar

Centred around the Bloomsbury Set, the group who rejected Victorian ideologies of religion and explored new ways of spiritual meaning through art, writing, kinships and belief in an interconnected universe, this bar is one to visit for those who love Tarot. Their array of 14 cocktails all correspond to 14 states of mind or being, linked to a special deck of Tarot cards.  

Sip into the night on cocktails such as the Flaming Venom, made with Absolut Elyx Vodka, wild berries, young artichoke leaves and Perrier-Joüet Grand Brut NV; Mirror Image, a mix of Mount Gay XO, beeswax infused Remy Mártin 1738, green chartreuse, absinthe and blackberry tincture; and Siren Call, a combination of buffalo trace, bols genever, ‘big green’ artichoke, red plum extract and cocoa nib tincture. 

The Bloomsbury Club Bar - speakeasy bar
The Bloomsbury Club Bar - speakeasy bar

16 – 22 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NN

Fitz’s Bar

Hidden inside the Grade II listed hotel, Kimpton Fitzroy London, the Fitz’s Bar has become renowned for its flamboyant interiors, iconic Jazz Age mirrorball and seriously delicious cocktails. 

Head here to soak up the decadence, from the Ostrich feathers and crocodile-skin wallpaper to the dazzling mirrorball that cascades from the ceiling. The curated drinks list will make you want to sip late into the night, enjoy everything from spirits to sparkling wine.

Kimpton Fitzroy London, Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE


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Seed Library, one hundred Shoreditch - speakeasy bar

Seed Library

Hidden beneath the hotel, the bar acts as a kind of stripped back speakeasy, offering a wealth of delicious and carefully concocted cocktails from their team of mixologists. It’s the latest establishment from cocktail maestro, Mr Lyan, so you know you’re in for a treat.

​​It offers a stark contrast to its older sister, Lyaness, with the focus on a more lo-fi, analogue approach to cocktail making. Expect a new take on your favourite classic drinks, including a delicious Corriander Seed Gimlet that’s a must-try. 

The interiors, designed by Lore Group Creative Director Jacu Strauss, are moody and atmospheric, keeping in line with the lo-fi approach. It features panelled wood and bespoke furniture upholstery in deep orange and red tones.

One Hundred Shoreditch Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JQ

Barts - speakeasy bar


Stepping foot in Barts is like venturing back in time to the 1929 prohibition-era. The apartment-turned-speakeasy is the home of the prolific Chicago gangster ‘Uncle Barts’, and is rich with his mischievous antics and heady cocktails. 

Brought to life by the Inception Group, the menu is packed with bootlegged favourites, from the Leading Lady, made up of star of Bombay gin, peach liqueur, lemon and aloe vera juice, to Not Quite Queensberry, a mix of milk and toffee-washed Mount Gay Black Barrel double Cask Blend rum, Cointreau Noir orange liqueur, English Breakfast tea, lemon and Brazilian bitters.

Barts- speakeasy bar
barts - speakeasy bar

Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DW

Blind Spot - speakeasy bar

Blind Spot

Blink and you’ll miss it… Blind Spot is hidden inside St Martin’s Lane and serves up some of the best cocktails across the city.

Taking inspiration from the British Empire and its ancient tea trade, the cocktails are hard to fault. Travel the world touching down in Santorini, Greece for a cocktail made with Bombay Sapphire, Ouzo, orange juice, honey syrup and greek yoghurt; jetting off to Lima, Peru for Pisco, homemade lavender syrup, sea salt, lemon juice and egg white; and circling round to Mumbai, India for butter and cinnamon-washed brutal 1888 rum, lime juice and kamasutra spicy syrup.

45 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4HX

The Champagne Bar at 116 Pall Mall - speakeasy bar

The Champagne Bar at 116 Pall Mall

Hidden behind the extraordinary facade of the Grade-I listed building, The Champagne Bar is a hidden oasis destined to be explored. 

Once the wine cellars of the Prince of Wales and the United Service Club, the space is now a stunning champagne bar. Enter through the original iron gate cellar doors to the converted cellar with vaulted ceilings, exposed brickwork, plush velvet seating, and long wood-topped bar, alongside a private dining room, seating up to 50.

Reinvented by Searcys, expect an array of fizz including one of the largest selections of magnums in London.

116 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5ED

The Hideaway Bar at Sloane Place - speakeasy bar

The Hideaway Bar at Sloane Place

Hidden in the basement of Sloane Place is The Hideaway, an art deco basement venue, where there are plenty of corners to while away an evening with a group of friends or a lover. The Hideaway is exclusively open on Thursdays only for Sloane Sessions, a live music evening offering an intimate, fun space with great drinks, snacks, and atmosphere.

60 Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea, SW1W 8BP


When I think of London’s speakeasy-style cocktail bars, Nightjar always springs to mind. It’s become a London institute when it comes to innovative cocktails and the perfect intimate date night destination.

Now with two London locations, it’s the perfect place to soak up the best of the city’s cocktail scene. The menus honour three distinct historical eras of 20th century cocktail-making – pre-prohibition, prohibition and post-war.

Sip on cocktails such as Aztec Tapache , a savoury tipple of Herradura, Chinotta & camomilla liquor, pineapple huacatay & purple corn tepacher, fino sherry and freshly squeezed lime juice; and the Toronto, a rich, smoky old-fashioned style cocktail of Woodford Reserve Bourbon whiskey, orange blossom smoke, coffee & roasted pecan maple syrup, Fernet Branca and candyfloss. Or go for a signature Nightjar creation with their London Mule or Name of the Samurai.

Nightjar - speakeasy bar
Nightjar - speakeasy bar

Shoreditch & Carnaby

Ricco Lounge

Helping to add a touch of theatrics to your night is the Ricco Lounge. Tucked away on Russell Gardens, the cocktail lounge can be found serving up a dedicated selection of classic and signature cocktails, full of flavour. Menu highlights include Smoked Ricco, a mix of smoked whiskey, fresh lemon juice, honey, pomegranate syrup and orange bitter; Hemingway Daiquiri, a mix of light rum, maraschino liqueur, fresh grapefruit juice, simple syrup and fresh lime juice; and Millionaire Cocktail, made with rum, fresh lime juice, apricot liqueur, and Slone gin. 

The venue hosts regular events and live entertainment, including their weekly ChicEasy Cabaret night that’s well worth the visit if you fancy being thrown back to the roaring 20s.

11 Russell Gardens, W14 8EZ


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Oriole - speakeasy bar


Open until late Tuesday through to Saturday, Oriole is the place to head for beguiling decor, expertly mixed tipples and great hospitality. You’ll find the bar serving up some of the best cocktails in the capital, from classics to signature serves, all of which are paired beautifully against the live music. Cosy in for the night and you won’t be disappointed. 

East Poultry Avenue, Smithfield Markets, EC1A 9LH

69 Colebrooke Row

The Bar With No Name, more commonly known as 69 Colebrooke Row, is the cocktail bar everyone talks about. Perfect for first dates, catch-ups with friends or even after work drinks, expect a mix of aperitifs, digestifs, cocktails and more hidden inside. 

Grab a selection of small bite plates, alongside one of their seasonal cocktails. We love Cameron’s Peach, made up of Laphroaig 10, Creme de Peche, Orgeat, Lemon, Soda, but you can’t go wrong with a house martini either.

69 Colebrooke Row, N1 8AA

Cahoots - speakeasy bar


The speakeasy every Londoner knows about, Cahoots is inspired by the 1940s. Located in Soho, its interiors replicate an abandoned train station and is made up of three parts: Underground, Ticket Hall and Signal Station. 

The Underground will see your step inside a vintage tube carriage, complete with underground signs and booth seating, while The Ticket Hall is now home to the black market for liquor and cocktails for all your scoundrels. The Signal Station, set in the centre of the disused train station, is filled out with danger-marked levers, wires, switchboards and flashing lights. Oh and plenty of cocktails and shindigs too.

5 Kingly Street, Carnaby, W1B 5PF

Discount Suit Company

For a bar that’s unapologetically dark and dingy, look to Discount Suit Company. It might not look like much from the outside – although it definitely fits into the East London hip vibe – but the Discount Suit Company serves up some of the best cocktails this side of London. 

Tuck away in a former suit tailor’s store room, sip late into the night on the likes of The Bogan, a mix of Bombay Sapphire Gin, Regal Rogue Lively White Vermouth, Kiwi, Macadamia, and Citrus; and the Cissy Strut made of Dewars 12yr Whisky, Cocchi Americano, Banana, and Pandan.

29A Wentworth Street, E1 7TB

Callooh Callay

This one might not be much of a secret, but it’s definitely up there as one of London’s best speakeasy-inspired bars. Since opening in 2008, Callooh Callay has been named Top 50 Cocktails Bars multiple times, including this 2022. 

Head down and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, sip on cocktails late into the night or simply catch-up with friends in a cool setting.

65 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY


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