It’s not often that you find a hidden cocktail bar in a churchyard, let alone in the City of London. But London is full of surprises, as is this new venue from Camm & Hoopers (known for Tanner & Co, and various other event spaces in the City). If I hadn’t googled images, I would never have found this wonderful little bar.
Why did I like it? Firstly, you can book a table. Ideal. There’s nothing worse than being turned away from a bar on a Friday night. It is therefore the perfect date place, and great to combine with dinner at the new Pitt Cue around the corner, or ‘posh fish & chips’ at Des McDonald’s The Fish & Chip shop, or, if you get a table, fantastic Thai food at the newly opened Som Saa. It’s all happening in and around the City these day.
Secondly, the interiors are quite spectacular, and unexpected. It feels like you’ve walked into Alhambra (a slightly kitsch version perhaps!). It’s dark and hushed, but not in a sterile way. There’s a lot to look at – both decor and people wise. The cocktail menu is quite unusual, with a number of quite over-complicated sounding cocktails, and lots of different versions of G&Ts. I had the lavender and rosemary one which was delicious.
They also have a lovely terrace, which will be ideal for post work drinks in the summer. I love the contrast between the Grade II listed building, and the modern, tall glass skyscrapers it is surrounded by. You can even rent out the whole space for what would certainly be a dinner to remember.
7 – 8 Bishopsgate
London EC2M 3TJ
Photo credit: The Victorian Bath House