Didn’t it feel like autumn jumped out at us overnight? One morning I was walking to work in sandals, the next I was hunting down the socks and boots…
As much as I am sad to see summer go, autumn means snuggly evenings spent in front of good films, crisp walks, warming meals and the chance to catch up with friends in a cosy bar. Speaking of which, there are some fab relaxed and cosy London bars for autumn winter, including:
Gordon’s Wine Bar
Gordon’s is thought to be London’s oldest wine bar, established in 1890. I love it for its candlelit, vaulted cellars and Dickensian-style décor and the fact that it is super close to Charing Cross train station, making getting home a doddle!
Mr Foggs is a themed bar based on the adventurer Phileas J. Fogg from the novel Around the World in 80 Days. Filled with trinkets from all over the globe, the bar is hidden down a quiet street near Green Park (the only entrance is through an indiscreet brown door) and serves delicious, albeit expensive, cocktails. Full review of Mr Foggs here!
Evans & Peel Detective Agency
This is a ‘secret’ bar tucked away near Earl’s Court (technically West London but I’m counting it!) where to enter the moody, speakeasy parlour you have to present your ‘case’ to the host acting as the private detective. Personally I found the interaction with the PI a little awkward (you can read more about my night there here) but nonetheless, this is another fab themed bar with great drinks and a buzzing atmosphere.
If you like an Irish bar then I recommend visiting Waxy O’Connors in the West End. This bar is like a huge cavern with lots of hidden nooks and crannies, making it ideal for a private drink or for bigger groups when the live music and rugby is playing.
Milroys of Soho:
Whiskey fans will love Milroy’s, ‘London’s Oldest Whisky Shop’ that includes a cosy cellar bar offering a variety of whiskeys, cocktails and more, hidden behind an old bookcase. Where better to have an Old Fashioned?
If you like your drinks with a side of 1940s nostalgia then Cahoots is a fab bar to visit, a ‘secret’ tube carriage bar nestled underneath Carnaby Street in an old abandoned air raid shelter from World War 2. Cocktails aren’t the cheapest but the atmosphere is fun, cosy and the bar staff play along in character. Full review of Cahoots here!
Any other bars you can recommend?
For more central London recommendations, you can check out the below: