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Quirky Cocktail Bars to Try in London

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Sometimes a decent cocktail just isn’t enough. You need more of a show, more of an experience. Pop down to one of these themed bars for a night you won’t forget. Just remember to book!

Evans and Peel

Cocktail Bar, European, $$$
Evans & Peel Detective Agency, London
Evans & Peel Detective Agency, London | © Krista / Flickr

Evans and Peel is a 1950s-themed speakeasy cum detective agency, and as such, you will need to fill in the case file on their website to get a booking. Passwords and secret files abound, and you’ll be expected to help crack a few cases. Once you’ve done the hard work, you can kick back with an Old Fashioned or a Cold Fashioned, if you prefer.
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Little Nan's Rio Bar

Cocktail Bar, European

Welcome to the ’90s in this over-the-top cocktail den in Dalston. Little Nan’s has taken over Rio Cinema (and pops up in other spaces) with their extensive list of cocktails, all served in teapots, and a selection of pic ‘n’ mix popcorn. Choose your two-hour slot, and revel in the kitschiness.
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Cocktail Bar, British, $$$
Trapeze Bar, London
Trapeze Bar, London | Courtesy of Trapeze

Come one, come all to this circus-themed cocktail bar in Shoreditch. Trapeze is set over two levels with a bar on one floor and a club on the other. Everywhere you look there’s circus paraphernalia, which is surprisingly trippy. Surreal parties tend to kick off with bartenders dressed as circus folk and endless sequins and capes.
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These recommendations were updated on June 26, 2017 to keep your travel plans fresh.