In this well-trodden patch of London, it’s still possible to discover lesser-known gems. At these charming boltholes, you’ll be a step ahead of the crowds.
Soho Sky TerraceCourthouse Hotel, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7HLWith a coveted view over Carnaby Street, this hotel rooftop bar is a little-known escape from Soho’s buzz. Though it’s something of a daytime suntrap, blankets are provided for when the chill sets in. Prices are pretty reasonable considering for a central location.
Opium, The Jade Door15–16 Gerrard Street, London W1D 6JEBehind a discreetly-marked green door in Chinatown, Opium’s three floors are a mecca for those in search of hedonism with a side of dumplings. Hunker down with some contemporary dim sum, or sample the Apothecary Bar’s Asian-inflected cocktail list.
Trisha’s57 Greek St, London W1D 3DX
Behind an anonymous blue door, down some slightly shabby stairs, you’ll find Trisha’s (aka New Evaristo Club, aka The Hideout), a strange little bar that, thanks to its diminutive size and eclectic clientele, has the air of a private party.
The lack of personal space adds to its charm; come prepared to make friends and stay late.
The Vault3 Greek Street, London W1D 4NXAccessed via Milroy’s, London’s oldest whisky shop, this place lurks behind a bookcase – once that’s pushed aside a tiny staircase leads to the subterranean bar. Feeling like a Bond villain yet? Order a Smoking Gun cocktail, and they’ll smoke the whisky in front of you.
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