Speakeasy


Cellar Door

London

  • Night Out
  • Jazz & Blues
4.5 / 5

May 11, 2018

Nestled below the bust streets of Covent Garden in central London is one of the city's best keep cabaret secrets. Located in the heart of the West End, the bar attracts a mixed crowd of theatre types, bohemians and business people.

Cellar Door can only accommodate a maximum of 60 people, but, despite its small size, has plenty of plush seating. The décor is glitzy and kitsch and the toilets are an attraction in their own right! During the week the vibe is more relaxed while at the weekends things get a little more riotous as you’re evening descends into a scene not out of place in The Great Gatsby.

The expert bar staff can create just about any cocktail your hear desires Cellar Door’s intimate subterranean bar. Martinis, Moscow Mules and Mai Tais and Daiquiris all adorn the menu along with some more creative inventions such as the Japanese – a long forgotten tipple made with cognac, lime juice and almond syrup. While smoking is not permitted, there’s no need to head outdoors, instead, take a hit of snuff in one of the many available flavours as you kick back with a cocktail and are transported back to the roaring twenties.

Each evening the bar hosts a different cabaret act ranging from drag to comedy and everything in between. During the day at the weekend they also host burlesque classes, and risque afternoon teas. During the week entry is free while on weekends a cover charge is in operation – a 10% service charge will be added to your bill after 9PM to pay for the entertainment. Today Cellar Door might be a kitsch cocktail and cabaret hangout but it was once a notorious men’s toilet – famed for being the place where Oscar Wilde was arrested before being sent to Reading prison.

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