Seven quirky bars to visit in London
If, like me, you’re northern, when visiting London you might find yourself taking a sip of a deliciously crisp pint only to spit it out in surprise when the bartender hits you with the price. For all its expense, you can’t deny that London is home to some of the most interesting and quirky bars in the country, not all of which will ask you to take out a mortgage before ordering a round. Without too much of an introduction, here are seven unusual bars to check out if you decide to visit the nation’s capital.
Bobby Fitzpatrick, West Hampstead - armed with a 1970’s decor, this cocktail bar offers a welcomed escape from our current decade. The lavish walls and old-folks home chairs clash with the stylishly dressed Londonders and makes you feel as though you’ve stepped through a time machine. Specialising in rum cocktails, this bar’s signature drink is dedicated to the owner’s prom date and is not the first cocktail named for a former flame.
Cahoots, Soho - this famous area, though expensive, contains some of the nicest bars you’re likely to come across. Formerly an air raid shelter, this tube-station-themed bar is a huge hit with Londoners and remains a sanctuary for those looking to drink their worries away.
The Cauldron Magical Experience, Elephant and Castle - if visual stimulation gets you going, then be sure to check out this innovative cocktail bar. Before your eyes, they will condure cocktails that will change colour, bubble, fizz and finally make you fall over.
Cellar Door, Covent Garden - one of the many secrets beneath London, this bar was formerly a public restroom (much like the also quirky Ladies and Gents in Kentish Town). Follow the neon arrows and you’ll be guided into a stylish bar hosting a variety of acts from music to drag performances. Their cocktails are as witty as they are tasty, including titles like; starbucks must die.
First Aid Box, Herne Hill - while alcohol is traditionally not good for the body, this quirky bar has aimed to add a bit of health as wells as hops. Not only does this bar offer vitamin laced alcohol, giving your alcohol-addled body a new lease of life but you can go back in the morning and get coffee, pastries and breakfasts.
The Natural Philosopher, Bethnal Green - this secretive pub lowers into a large well, where you can choose from a long list of cocktails named after the great philosophers. Though some might find the female only nude art distasteful, drinking a Plato is sure to give you some form of enlightenment. But whether this comes out in the form of a drunken rant or civilised quip, remains to be seen.
Tonight Josephine, Waterloo - in reply to the nude females of the previous bar, you’re greeted by a variety of sassy signs as you enter Tonight Josephine, including a bright neon sentence at the bottom of the stairs reading; ‘well behaved girls never make history.’ From gins to champagnes to vodkas, there’ll definitely be something to bring out your rebellious side. Remember, good girls go to heaven; bad girls go everywhere.