If you like to discover new restaurants or the latest fashionable bars of London, then surely you have heard about Cahoots, a secret bar that promises you an evening in London, post World War II, enjoying cocktails while admiring the scenery and the vintage subway wagon. It is a secret underground bar where you can spend the night in a postwar atmosphere, sipping cocktails in a vintage tube station.
Nestled at the entrance of Kingly Court (between Piccadilly and Oxford Circus), the bar is currently only accessible by reservations (which are filled one to two weeks in advance, so be forewarned). It is worth the wait, since from the entrance and the staircase that takes you to the fake metro station, you feel that the bar has been thought through, down to the smallest details.
First stop, the locker room. Before entering the secret station, accessed only by a badge, a controller of the 40s welcomes you with panache (it immediately reminded me of the historic rides at Disneyland) and lets you go into the bar.
Everything is done to make you think you are in a metro station, from walls covered with white tiles and large signs indicating the name of the station, to a vintage metro map of 1947. To make it all intimate and cozy, there are sofas, dozens of period lamps, trunks, old clocks, and advertising posters or propaganda from the Second World War. It is difficult to take two steps without discovering a new detail, and I haven't even mention the bar.
Believe me, even if it is difficult to get a reservation for Cahoots, it is well worth it, just to see the bartenders prepare your cocktails. There is an eight-page cocktail list featuring some with very inspired names, such as "Swing for Victory", "Give Peas a Chance" or "Judy Garland". We did not even notice the wait (yes, necessarily it takes more time than to make a whiskey-coca) because the spectacle of cocktail shaking was so impressive. The cocktails are served in a cup, a metal cup or a glass in the form of a female bust! Rather original.