6 Quirky And Unusual Bars In LondonDecember 17, 2018
Nestled between London’s hotels, restaurants and finest architecture, lie some of the capitals most quirky and unusual bars. Whether it’s your first trip to the capital, or you’re a seasoned traveller, we’ve gathered together our favourite quirky haunts for you to enjoy. From a 1940s underground station to an intimate ice bar, make sure these eccentric experiences are all on your bucket list.
Belowzero Ice Bar
If you’re looking for a bar that is guaranteed to make you feel cool, Belowzero has you covered. Grab your woolly hat and take a trip to the UK’s only permanent ice bar, located just a short walk from Oxford Circus underground station. You can enjoy signature ice cocktails, served at -5°C whilst taking in the stunning backdrop of illuminating ice sculptures. There’s also an onsite restaurant if you’re feeling peckish once you’ve enjoyed the taste of winter. Every year the bar undergoes an icy transformation, revamping the sculpture design with a fresh vibe. This one is not to be missed.
Approx. journey time from HRH London: A 20 minute walk through London’s famous Oxford Street.
Think former underground air-raid shelter meets tube ride. Take the old-fashioned wooden escalators down into 1940s London; grab your ‘day-ticket’ from the stationmaster and head to the platform (bar) to whet your whistle and revel in retro vibes. Expect newspaper sized menus, drinks served in tin cans, swing music and an abundance of morale. Just two stops from Marble Arch tube, and a quick stroll down Regent Street, and you’ll be enjoying a dose of vintage Britain before you know it!
Approx. journey time from HRH London: A 20 minute walk or catch the central line from Marble Arch to Oxford Circus.
A sultry prohibition den in the heart of the city – The Bootlegger is a prime spot for London’s retro-lovers. This speakeasy style bar boasts vintage inspired boozing with live jazz bands, delicious cocktails served in inconspicuous teacups and ‘emergency water flasks’ hidden inside the cover of a book. Authentic to detail, The Bootlegger brings the American roaring 20s alive in London. The exposed brickwork, vintage chrome register, working gramophone and staff in bow-ties and braces provide a perfect backdrop for an evening of rule-breaking and debauchery. Hop on the Central line from Marble Arch to Bank Station – and let those cocktails flow.
Approx. journey time from HRH London: A 20 minute journey on the Central Line from Marble Arch to Bank Station.
Old Street Records
Spread over two floors, Old Street Records is a spacious, vibrant and lively saloon in Shoreditch. It’s a delight for music lovers with frequent jazz nights, renowned DJs, tasty eats and a superb selection of cocktails. Whether you’re after a spot to wind-down, eager to boogie on the dancefloor or simply fancy a great spot for an evening with friends – Old Street Records has it all.
Approx. journey time from HRH London: A 30 minute tube journey from Marble Arch.
Bring Your Own Club
The bespoke cocktail experience in Camden, inspired by the birth of cocktail culture, is a throwback to the 1920s. ‘Armed with an exciting array of homemade syrups, juices and bitters’ the team of skilled bartenders are at your disposal to turn your booze into experimental cocktails that are bound to tickle your fancy. If you’re after something that’s a little bit more adventurous, BYOC is enough to satisfy your inner thrill-seeker.
Approx. journey time from HRH London: A 20 minute tube journey on the central and northern line.
Flight Club has become one of the most talked about bars in London. Combining the classic British pub with ‘the fun of the fairground’, Flight Club in Shoreditch is a truly quirky experience and far from an old boozer. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro dart player or just there for the good vibes, the trendy décor, cool game tracker technology and delicious cocktails make it the place for anyone and everyone. Make sure you have your game face on.
Approx. journey time from HRH London: A 15 minute journey from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court.