New in Notting Hill! The Rum Kitchen is a Caribbean inspired restaurant and cocktail bar. Perfect for late nights as the place stays open until 3am, unlike anything else in the area (ok except for the Supperclub). The dining area feels like a laid back, colourful beach hangout, while downstairs the cool cocktail bar sends out a clear PARTY message. Great combo! Expect jerk chicken on the menu, rum-only cocktails and reggae music all night long. The good life, where ‘Rum makes the world go round’…. 6-8 All Saints Road (Notting Hill) | Tube: Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne Park Road | Email for bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org | ££ | Website | Map
If you love to go out with friends, enjoy great food and a bit of dancing, but you’ve run out of inspiration of places to go, book a Dinner Dance with the Disappearing Dining Club! Menu, location and DJs are different every time and the exact details are announced on the day of the event. We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 course dinner. The crowd was very diverse and we met some really lovely people. The location was pretty impressive too. We dined in a vault underneath a train station. Really cool. Shame the dancing part didn’t really take off, but I’m happy to believe that it was just this once. Every first Saturday of the month only. The Disappearing Dining Club Website
I discovered this absolute Gem in London last weekend when I ended up here by accident. I had the most amazing time. The place is a perfect mix of club and cocktail bar hidden in the basement of a backstreet in Fitzrovia. The bar looks utterly charming and stylish, inspired by New York in the glamourous 1920’s. It has a dance floor and various spots to sit. I LOVED the ‘cave niches’ a la David Lynch with red velvet curtains where you can easily sit with about 8 people. Open until late!
Bolsover House, 5-6 Clipstone Street, London | Tube; Great Portland Street | +44207436 0035 | £££ | Website
This East London bar takes you back into the Prohibition era in the early 20s. It feels like you ended up on a movie scene! It’s hidden away just off Old Street roundabout and has a real underground feel to it. We had to wait outside for about 10 minutes before we were taken to our own table. I’m not sure if it’s always the case but I really liked the fact that it wasn’t too crowded. Staff was friendly and suggested their signature cocktail which came in a teapot and was literally (!) steaming away for 5 minutes. Apparently they use dry ice?… Anyway, it’s a cool experience & they serve amazing cocktails. 129 City Road | Tube: Old Street | +44 207 253 4101 | £££ | Website
Tucked away in a small alley in Chinatown, hidden under the name ‘Golden Flower Restaurant’ is this trendy cocktail lounge bar / pharmacy. The bar looks incredible and the bartenders wear smart white doctor ‘coats’.
On the menu you’ll find all sorts of different cocktail categories (health and beauty, stress relievers, pain killers etc.) A tasting menu’ of five cocktails is $40.I think I never had more exciting cocktails in my life (we did a little cocktail quiz, guessing flavours like cucumber, peppers, coriander and ginger)
You should also definitely order the homemade absinthe. The bartender will give a fabulous flame show. Throwing flames from glass to glass. Down a shot of liquor. 9 Doyers St (between Bowery & Chatham Sq), Chinatown, NY | +1212 406 0400 | Hours: Mon-Sat 18:30 – 2:00, Sun 20:00 – 2:00 |Underground; Canal St (J, N, Q, Z), Chambers St (J, Z) | $$$ | Website | Map
One of the best places in London to enjoy Jazz music. When you arrive at the metal gated doorway of the club you’ll think you’re at the wrong place as it looks abandoned. But after you’ve been granted entry and descend into the basement it’s exactly what you’d expect a proper Jazz club should look like. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, music is super enjoyable (check online to see what’s up) and the food was great too. You should make sure to book a table before you go. 606 Club, 90 Lots Road, Chelsea, 020 7352 5953 – Underground: Imperial Wharf
This place has cosiness and winter written all over it although in the summer they have lots of wine barrels outside that everyone uses as standing tables to have drinks.
In the winter you go inside and downstairs into the cellar which is really cosy. It is dark with candles and wooden furniture and there is a big queue at the bar where you can get your bottle of (good) wine. They do not serve at the tables, nor do they serve food (eating is cheating..) However….They have a counter / bar where you can order delicious cheese platters with French guys standing behind the counter to give advise. You can’t make reservations at Gordon’s Wine Bar, it’s a self seating bar; so get your bottle of wine and cheese platter and find yourself a seat… I find this place extremely cool…47 Villiers Street | Tube: Charing Cross |+442079301408 | ££ | Website