You can’t beat the charm of traditional pubs. But you and your buddies want to discover some of the quirkier bars and clubs London has to offer. Your gang doesn’t settle for the ordinary, so this weekend you’re exploring the most extraordinary London bars.
Bob Bob Ricard
You may not have been on the Orient Express, but as you’re seated amongst golden Art Deco fixtures of Bob Bob Ricard, you’re transported to the golden age of travel. It’s a restaurant first and foremost, and the fine Russian cuisine is what lured you and your companions here. But as you peruse the menu, a “Press for Champagne” button catches your eye. You discuss it momentarily before somebody pushes it. And like magic, a waiter arrives with a bottle of Ayala Brut Majeur. You sip your bubbly and agree you’ll be coming here again.
The Hollywood starlets of the 1940s may be a thing of the past, but that’s not going to stop you and your friends, as you’re about to take a time machine journey back to the Blitz at Cahoots, an abandoned underground station in Kingly Court. At the door, a chap in a bow tie asks you which Tube station you’re heading for, then he hands you your season tickets. Once inside, you take a look at what’s on offer. A cocktail called the Tanqueray No. TEN Station Clock sounds intriguing—it features a working clock face and can be shared by eight people. Spirits are high, and you all agree you’re having a jolly good time.
Pack your thermals and a sense of adventure, because ICEBAR is one of the coolest London bars, in every sense of the word. Once you and your posse are inside this exclusive haunt, you pull on your cosy, fur-lined ponchos and gloves, and delve into a sparkling world of Swedish ice. After placing your orders at the bar, you perch yourselves by a beautifully carved ice sculpture and excitedly chink your ice glasses. Your friends sip on fresh ICEBAR mojitos, but you’ve chosen the Pineapple Express, a rum-based cocktail that tastes as good as it sounds. It’s certainly not tropical in here, but good company and an expertly mixed cocktail keep the cold at bay.
Cirque le Soir
Cirque le Soir is a subterranean, circus-themed club that will have you jumping out of your skin and screaming with delight in equal measures. On arrival, a ghostly face gives you a scare, so you settle your nerves at the bar with a glass of something bubbly. But you’ve let your guard down too soon and grab your friend’s arm in fright when you realise the wish machine contains a real man! It’s getting late, the air of anticipation is palpable, and just as you think you’ve seen it all, you and your friends watch in amazement as fire-eaters, clowns, stilt walkers, and contortionists take part in a weird and wonderful parade. Roll up, roll up, and let the circus begin.