Sunday, 15 November 2015

Cahoots, London

A note from Joelle... 

♫♪'Bills' - Lunchmoney Lewis ♫♪

My friend Hannah is ace at finding cool London hangouts, so when she said we needed to try out Cahoots this month, I was totally up for it.
Cahoots, London
In fact, I agreed before even looking up the place online. But even after googling it, I still had no idea what it was. Is it a bar? Is it a nightclub? Is it a member's club? I honestly didn't have a clue.
All I knew was that it opened in March this year and that it's reservation-only, so no annoying queues.
Cahoots, London
A part of me loves the secrecy around it. It is located in an abandoned tube station, after all.
On the website there's no drinks menu, just some pictures and 1940s language, so I was really intrigued and excited to head down and finally see what it was all about. 
Cahoots, London
Upon entrance, we had to mutter a code name that came with our booking confirmation before being let in. I won't tell you what it is...

But I will tell you that the tourists at the door seemed really perplexed as to why we were being let in, while they had to wait. Turns out that they thought it was a real London Underground station!
Cahoots, London
 There's not much I can actually say about the experience other than it was like nothing I have ever experienced before. 
Cahoots, London
Yup, that's a cocktail wrapped in foil!
Here are my 6 favourite things about Cahoots:
1. The place is packed and has a really cool retro vibe that isn't cringey or OTT
2. The bathroom speakers play Cockney rhyming slang
3. The menu reads like a newspaper - because it is a newspaper! Pages and pages of booze, even boozier cocktails and snacks
4. The wartime decor is on point - even down to the old underground padded seats!
5. On special nights they bring in live bands that you can swing dance to
6. Dressing up in wartime/1940s costume is encouraged, but not essential!

We sipped our strong cocktails and shimmied along to remixes of popular 1940 songs.
Cahoots, London
Cahoots, London
What I like the most is how upbeat the staff are and how they keep in character the whole time. It makes the experience that tad bit more comical.
Cahoots, London
We had a great time and really recommend it if you are ever in Soho.

*Please note that Cahoots London is for over 21s and it's best to book a table in advance.
I'm not in cahoots with the bar (d'you geddit?), I just really, really like it!
13 Kingly Court, London, W1B 5PW
Closest tube: Piccadilly Circus



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