Secret London: from pop-up bars to covert clubs, we’ve curated some interesting experiences to liven up your autumn
By Victoria Peake
The Candlelight Club
The Candlelight Club is a pop-up cocktail bar which recreates the atmosphere of a Prohibition-era speakeasy, joyfully put together by fans of the 1920s – lovers of style, the music, the cocktails and most of all a damn good party.
Sofar Sounds are secret gigs throughout the UK, with the aim to transform everyday spaces and turn them into a captivating venue for live shows. Sofar Sounds creates an immersive experience that brings guests and artists closer together.
This summer saw Secret Cinema create an immersive experience for one of the most successful British franchises ever, Casino Royale. Next up is Stranger Things and we can only imagine what they’re going to do with the curious and creepy underworld. The concept is simple: a secret London location is transformed, blurring the lines between fiction and reality in an experience that brings to life awe-inspiring scenes and locations. Expect good things.
London is known for its skyscrapers, traffic and bustle, but actually it’s a suprisingly green city. There are secret gardens to be uncovered on every corner, offering a moment of calm and tranquillity in a secluded setting. We love The Pergola in Hampstead and The Phoenix Garden near Covent Garden.
Rochelle Canteen somewhat of an institute in Shoreditch, having been based at the same site for 11 years. It’s tucked away in a hidden oasis, set in a converted bike shed and serves seasonal British dishes. Enter through an inconspicuous, almost hidden door that leads out into a lovely social space.
Gingerline Presents: Chambers
This is a new immersive, five-course, palate twisting, interactive and multi-dimensional dining experience. Highly popular, Gingerline experiences are built around unpredictability.
Cafe in the Crypt
Based in the heart of London and surrounded by inspiring architecture is the Cafe in the Crypt. This hidden cafe, located under the church in the Crypt of St Martin in the Fields, has been a favourite for locals for over 30 years. We highly recommend visiting on a Wednesday night to experience Live Jazz in the magical Grade I-listed building which still has the original brick-vaulted ceilings and historic tombstones lining the floor.