The Secrets Out
New bar Jack Solomons Club has launched in Soho in the basement of 41 Great Windmill Street – ring the bell by the entrance, which is through a hidden door accessed via a late-night delicatessen. As you walk down the stairs you’ll pass a butchery chamber, but once inside the décor is all about old-school glamour – think red leather walls and velvet furnishings. There’s a dance floor, too, with live bands and DJs.
Bars might be disguised as a 1920s chemists – like the new Evans & Peel Pharmacy in Chiswick, which is full of antique surgical equipment (42 Devonshire Rd, W4 2HD). Look out for a detective’s office (Evans & Peel Detective Agency), a suit shop (Discount Suit Company) and a public toilet (CellarDoor). You may need a password to gain entry to some bars (‘Hair of the Dog’ at Purl), while there’s not even a sign for 69 Colebrooke Row.
A parallel universe lies on the far side of a gilt-framed mirror in the Looking Glass Cocktail Club (49 Hackney Rd, E2 7NX). Step inside the glass into a dimly lit secret room. DJs and bands entertain you as you sample the menu, which is themed around musical eras.
Callooh Callay has a wardrobe – JubJub Bar is on the other side. To gain entry, you’ll need a key (65 Rivington St, EC2A 3AY).
Meanwhile, The King of Ladies Man in Battersea is hidden behind a sliding wall in a launderette (5-9 Battersea Rise, SW11 1HG), while The Breakfast Club has a 1950s fridge – which isn’t just for milk… (12-16 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS).