While London is bursting at the seams with normal bars, there aren’t nearly as many speakeasies in the city, which of course adds to their intrigue.
Speakeasies are drinking establishments that steer clear of the beaten track and occupy places that are more inconspicuous.
They rose to prominence in 1920s America, when drinking was prohibited and people would have to retire to hidden locations to sip on their favourite tipple.
Check out our guide to some of the best speakeasies that London has to offer and make your visit to the capital and stay with us at the Grand Royal London Hyde Park the most memorable one yet.
69 Colebrooke Row :-
In true speakeasy fashion, this bar doesn’t have a name and is only recognisable by its address. Luckily, it’s a pretty famous spot so it’s likely that if you tell a taxi driver to take you to 69 Colebrooke Row, he’ll know where you are talking about. Located on an Islington backstreet, the bar tends to get busy, so you will probably need to book in advance. The cocktails are exceptional, especially the White Almond Bellini.
After an evening chatting with friends over mixed drinks, you won’t have far to travel to our hotels near Queensway station.
Blind Pig :-
This quirky spot takes its name after the codename that began circulating in the US during the prohibition era and features a blindfolded pig on its front door entrance, which is located on Poland Street. Inside you will find that you are greeted with a stunning antique feel, with brown leather chairs and dark wood furniture taking centre-stage. If you’re a fan of childhood films and books, you’ll love the drinks menu, as many of them are named after tales like Winnie the Pooh and Harry Potter.
After sampling all of your favourite cocktails retire to your room at the Grand Royal London Hyde Park. We’re sure that the stunning suite that you wake up in will help ease the pain of your hangover.
This was one of London’s first speakeasy bars and has the reputation to prove it. Booking is advisable, but if you’re visiting on a week night you may be able to walk in and be seated. The basement bar is laid out over a few different levels and has an intimate feel, perfect for a romantic date night. The cocktails are also really inventive, with many incorporating smoke and fire. Find it at Blanford Street in Marylebone.
After a night spent sipping on new drinks with your better half, head back to your room at the Grand Royal London Hyde Park and let your evening continue in the most comfortable, stylish way.
If you’re a fan of eye-catching design, this quirky bar is definitely the spot for you. The walls are completely covered in jungle print and the flashes of gold around the venue create an almost oriental vibe. In true speakeasy fashion, this one is particularly hard to find with a barely marked entrance (start your search at East Poultry Avenue, Smithfields Market), but we think that all adds to the excitement. This bar gets very busy, so a reservation is essential.