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A bartender serves a cocktail at The Vault

Secret Soho

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.
  • A bartender pours a cocktail at the Sky Terrace

    Soho Sky Terrace

    Courthouse Hotel, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7HL

    With 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.

  • The interior of Opium parlour

    Opium, The Jade Door

    15–16 Gerrard Street, London W1D 6JE

    Behind 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.

  • The interior of Trisha' New Evaristo

    Trisha’s

    57 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.

  • A bartender serves a cocktail at The Vault

    The Vault

    3 Greek Street, London W1D 4NX

    Accessed via Milroy’s, London’s oldest whiskey 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 whiskey in front of you.