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When you hear stories of a ‘time-warp’ existing in the middle of central London, you can’t help but be intrigued. Cahoots is an underground bar harking back to the blitz spirit of the 1940s. Lovingly decorated and themed like a war-time tube station and carriage, walking down the steps to the bar for the first time is genuinely like stepping back in time.
Cocktail cuppas and cakes at Cahoots Bar
We visited one Sunday to experience their ‘Cocktail cuppas and cakes’ – available every Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. For this, you get a large cocktail to share at the start accompanied by some delicious cake and a trifle (with ladyfinger – oooooh) followed by an individual cocktail of your choice and a piece of apple-pie. As a shared cocktail, we went for the chocolate based Mornin’ Mr Milkman – which we enjoyed (although the taste of almond milk and pineapple kind of lingered longer than it should).
A nice touch was theming of the accompanying cups – the ice cubes had been dusted with chocolate powder to make them look like actual chocolates (we think this was the desired effect they were going for!). For the individual drinks, we went for the whiskey based Drambuster and gin based Jessie’s Cherries – the glass adornments and toppings looked fantastic. We did get cocktail envy though as one (we think the ‘Vera Lynn’) was served in a gorgeous, green goblet shaped like servicemen’s head (it looks way better than I’ve described it).
Whilst we indulged in our cocktails and cakes, we were fortunate enough to be sat right next to stage, where we were entertained by resident pianist Alice Key, who played a selection of period hits such as ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ plus reworked versions of modern day hits including Bruno Mars. She also took lots of requests for various birthday, reunion anniversary parties attending (one couple were even celebrating 2 years together – aaaah)
All in all, this was a fantastic couple of hours in an usual setting that felt a world away from the hustle and bustle of busy London upstairs – this is a unique and fun day out and would be ideal to take visiting friends or parents as part of your London itinerary. As for visiting Cahoots again, the theming is brilliant so it is very likely that ‘we’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when…’
Location – Cahoots can be found in one of the side alleys just of Kingly Court, by Carnaby Street. Advance booking for Cocktail cuppas and cakes is essential.
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