By Lauren Harmes
If there’s one thing London isn’t short of – it’s bars and pubs. But sometimes a comfy chair, decent tunes and a nice pint just won’t cut it and you need something a little….different. If Eastenders-themed pubs, orange jumpsuits and Supermarket Sweep are the missing parts from your Saturday night, then you’ve come to the right list!
It goes without saying that London soap Eastenders is a jewel in the capital’s crown, so it seemed only right that the guys behind some of London’s quirkiest bars Little Nan’s have opened a watering role paying tribute to Peggy Mitchell, Ian Beale and the like. Expect naff décor, Royal Family china and pop culture posters while sipping on Eastenders-themed cocktails.
Where: The Cavendish Arms, 128 Hartington Rd, SW8 2HJ
Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
When looking for the entrance to this “secret” speakeasy – just look for the giant SMEG fridge. Yes, you read that right. Head on through, past the doorman to discover a moody dark cocktail bar offering classic drinks and originals such as The Basic Kitsch – vodka, lemon, vanilla and raspberry syrup with a lemonade top. Feeling peckish? There is also a food selection full of “dirty” dishes like Philly cheese burgers and chicken in a basket.
Where: 12-16 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS
Is orange your colour? Well it best had be because you will be wearing the classic American jail jumpsuit in this prison-themed cocktail bar. Inspired by the infamous Alcatraz in San Francisco, you are encouraged to BYOB here – bring a bottle of your favourite spirit and the barmen will create a cocktail just for you. But beware – don’t let the wardens catch you!
Where: 212 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SA
Kitchen Cocktails Supermarket Sweep @ London Cocktail Club Shoreditch
If you’re anything like us, you long for the days of 90s TV – Bullseye, The Price Is Right and – best of all – Supermarket Sweep. Many of us dreamed of dashing round aisles were quashed when the show was cancelled, but now these can come true! This pop-up bar gives visitors the chance to run around collecting ingredients that will then be used to make cocktails at the bar. Fight you to the front!
Where: 33 Percy Street, 3rd Floor, London, W1T 2DF
Simmons Tower Bridge
What do you get when you cross an incredible happy hour, tanning bar neon signs and a giant dinosaurs head? Simmons Tower Bridge of course! This cosy nook in East London offers amazing cocktails like Espresso Poptini, Koko Pos and Muffin Top (trust us), as well as some spectacular deals every day from 4pm to 9pm and a popular bottomless afternoon tea.
Where: 61 Royal Mint St, Whitechapel, London, E1 8LG
Drink Shop & Do
Did you make a new year’s resolution to take up a new hobby but keep finding yourself in the pub on a Friday night? Well, Drink Shop & Do in King’s Cross allows you to do both! Their daily activities include ukulele lessons, lego making and even dance classes while enjoying a cocktail or five. You’re guaranteed to leave here feeling tipsy and taught!
Where: 9 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9DX