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The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town

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by Jo Ellis (subscribe)
Travel blogger, music lover & disaster magnet.
Published March 22nd 2014
A speakeasy accessed through a fridge door
The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town might be inspired by the 'secret speakeasies' for illegal boozing during the Prohibition era in 1920s America, but its location is anything but hidden. Indeed, numerous Londoners and tourists alike head to The Breakfast Club in Spitafields, open the fridge door, walk down the stairs and enter the basement bar. Nobody even bothers to ask for the password anymore.

Refrigerator door
Claudia Cano-Manuel

Nonetheless, a speakeasy that can be accessed through a refrigerator door is anything but conventional. As you pass the threshold, your eyes meet an arrow sign that reads 'thrills' pointing downstairs and forecasting what awaits the visitor.

Basement Bar
Claudia Cano-Manuel

If you let yourself by carried away by the fantasy this bar creates, you'll be amused by the friendly staff, decoration and menu in this little underground bolt hole.

As I sat at the bar, I was greeted by a friendly bartender who handed me a menu. I asked permission to take pictures and he said that would be okay as long as the camera didn't steal anybody's soul.
The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
Claudia Cano-Manuel


I glanced at the menu and read a series of rules stating "how to behave toward cats here below to determine our status in Heaven". The first rule is that you can't depart the bar via the fridge in the Breakfast Club. One of the rules is quite amusing: "there isn't enough room to swing a Scaredy Cat round here. Cost proximity to your fellow drinkers is part and parcel of your experience. It's like the tube but more fuzzy and friendly".

Fridge at The Breakfast Club
Claudia Cano-Manuel

For those who are unlucky enough to be named Garfield, rejoice, this bar will reward you one free drink upon valid proof of identity,

The drinks are about the same price you'll find in most bars in London, but at least you get to have them in such an interesting environment.
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