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20.08.2014

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Our Favourite Secret London Bars & Restaurants

You could never run out of things to do in London, nor could you run out of things to eat. But if you’ve grown a little tired of London’s ‘ordinary’ bars and restaurants we’ve got something to inspire you! Our team has been searching for the most unique offerings in town, served in the most creative of ways. Each member of our team has picked their favourite; the chosen spots cover everything from unusual afternoon teas to the most incredible cocktails. Trying them all is strongly encouraged! 

Damian – Managing Director
Time For Tea, Shoreditch High St, E1 6JN

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Time for Tea is only open on Sundays, but it’s well worth a visit. This vintage tearoom has been created in the front room of a 1940s townhouse and is owned by promoter, art director and vintage enthusiast Johnny Vercoutre. The tearoom is stacked full of period props, which are even available for hire – perfect for events! I love their exotic teas, they go fantastically well with the freshly baked cakes made by Johnny’s mum Lulu. 

Jay – Director of Events
India Club, Aldwych, WC2R 1JA

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India Club is in the heart of the action on the Strand, but many never find it hidden up a flight of grubby linoleum stairs. The bar plays Ravi Shankar cassettes on a loop, and patrons can bring their own booze (cobras – obviously). The chef has been here for 30 years, and the menu is inspired by the cuisine of Kerala, so you’ll discover many incredible south Indian dishes you wouldn’t normally find in your local curry house. Go on – be adventurous! 

Jonathan – Operations Manager
Experimental Cocktail Club, 13A Gerrard Street, Chinatown

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Chinatown isn’t often top of the agenda when it comes to eating out in London, but behind the rows of roast ducks lies a very exciting (and quite secretive) bar – the Experimental Cocktail Club. If you find it you’ll be transported into 1930s Shanghai; prepare for some very experimental cocktails indeed – the mixologists here will broaden your horizons with the most obscure of ingredients! It’s the perfect place to go for a little event inspiration. 

Iwona – Event Planner
Soho’s Secret Tea Room, 29 Greek Street, Soho

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Above the Coach & Horses lies a Soho institution, but few even know it’s there. Loyal locals sneak behind the bar to access Soho’s Secret Tearoom, where the pub landlord has put his vast collection of vintage china and embroidered linens to use! Here you’ll be served tea by waitresses in pinafores, as you enjoy the dulcet tones of 1940s records. It’s like stepping back in time, and that’s why I love it! 

Ami – Event Planner
Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London

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Sketch’s new Gallery restaurant has been transformed by artist David Shrigley. The restaurant’s walls are lined with 239 new works by the artist, whilst the archetypal brasserie design has been updated by designer India Mahdavi, who has gone for a contemporary all-over pink design and custom velvet furnishings. This one has to be seen to be believed – it’s like stepping into a fairytale!

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