I used to struggle with bars in Soho, and would usually end up in China Town at places like the Experimental Cocktail Club or Opium. Now, I suddenly feel like Soho has a whole array of watering holes, not just grimy pubs. For those who have a sweet tooth you’ve got Basement Sate (serving cocktails and desert), if you like a themed bar you’ve got the newly opened Mr Fogg’s Tavern. Those in favour of a Hazelnut Espresso Martini accompanied by crispy lamb testicles (!), then Les Couilles de Chien is for you.
But if you like a secret, hidden bar. A bar behind a book case, in London’s oldest Whisky shop. Then the Vault of Soho is your bar. It’s a cosy, dark, intimate space and it’s in the perfect location on Greek Street. Except tourists who don’t know about it won’t find it, which is definitely another plus. The best bit is of course strolling into Milroy’s like you know where you’re going (but don’t) and then successfully finding ‘that’ bookcase at the back of the room. There is something distinctly thrilling about pushing open the door and walking down the stairs into the Vault.
If there’s just two of you, sit by the bar. The bar men are super friendly and can concoct whatever cocktail you fancy (I recommend their Espresso Martini). Or if you just want a vodka, soda and lime, they’re more than happy to make that for you too. If you get hungry then they have some bar snacks (the sharing platters are large and good value, but not particularly outstanding). They also take table bookings if you’re in a larger group (definitely worth doing if so as there are few tables).
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