13 Jul Quirky Bars in London
Quirky Bars in London: Pop-ups, Avant Garde cocktail bars, and a growing cafe society are all part of the hip and happening social scene in which London dwellers and visitors alike can revel in.
This vibrant city is able to offer a huge variety of social establishments to satisfy even the most jaded of palates. Trending ‘pop-ups’ enable patrons to experience the element of surprise. Some will open for the whole season while others will only be available for a couple of weeks. ‘ForzaWin’ is a new rooftop venue located just off Brick Lane. They launched on 30th June and are open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until the end of September. Italian food is on the menu and their traditional Neapolitan pizzas are cooked to perfection in their Pompeii pizza oven. With gorgeous views, thirst-quenching drinks and entertainment every evening, this is a supper club with a twist. The actual location will only be revealed upon booking and for a mere £25 donation per head you will enjoy a 3 course meal, your first drink and a good evening of entertainment.
The Nudge Guide showcases some of London’s more unusual bars such as ‘The Shop’, NW10. This cocktail bar is the essence of the word, ‘quirky’. Just about everything in it is for sale; chairs, light fittings, photography and artwork. Drinks with names such as The Little Black Dress and Jager-Bombs start at £3.50 and will be presented to the thirsty patron in jam jars and vintage milk bottles. Try the ‘American Bar’, an oddity in the Stafford Hotel, W1, which is only a stroll away from the Wolesley. This would suit folk who enjoy the atmosphere of a clubhouse more than a cocktail bar. Apparently, once upon a time, the walls of this bar were so bare that a visitor donated a carving of an American eagle to the head barman. The place is now a gallery of ties, photos, model airplanes and other historical paraphernalia. If it all gets too much, head outside where there are several tables in the courtyard; perfect for that relaxing summer evening aperitif. Pay attention to the UK’s strict ban on drinking and driving and consider making a weekend out of your circuit of the city’s bars; search out London hotel deals and offers.
Piano Kensington, SW7, models itself on the piano bars of New York. Its unassuming entrance opposite Kensington Street Tube takes you down a dark, narrow stairway into a small candlelit bar. With leather seats and the legendary 160 year old Collard & Collard grand piano, the atmosphere takes on a hedonistic ambiance once the drinks start flowing. A suggested time to arrive is around 21:30. Perhaps choose to dine somewhere else first; London restaurants are plentiful. Be sure to book a table as this is one piano bar that is always busy.
For lovers of anything tropical, short of jetting off to some island paradise, head to ‘Mahiki’, W1S 4LD.This colourful cocktail bar is set over 2 floors and features sumptuous fruity drinks, tropical flowers and tiki decor. This fantasy was dreamed up and created by Nick House and Piers Adam in 2005 and has grown into a world-renowned bar. The attention to detail along with the wide range of rums puts the creative atmosphere of Mahiki into the spotlight of nightlife in London. Jay Z, Kate Moss and Kings of Leon are some of the eclectic mix of celebrities, actors and pop stars that patronise this particular enclave on Dover Street.