Where to Drink: Best Themed Bars in London

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From gangster hangouts to detective agencies

Spotlight On: Murder Inc.

What? ‘40s and ‘50s gangster-themed joint

Where? Just off Oxford Street

Why? With a tongue-in-cheek but still sophisticated cocktail menu (think absinthe with champagne), you’ll be able to sip on your drinks amongst the rest of the mob while admiring the retro décor


What? Tube-themed bar that takes you back to the Blitz

Where? Dead in the middle of Soho

Why? Located in an actual air raid shelter, the bar has been stuffed full of weird and wonderful tube-related, WWII and London paraphernalia. Brush up on your Cockney rhyming slang before you go

Nine Lives

What? 1950s California tiki bar transported to south London

Where? London Bridge

Why? Their zero-waste approach to cocktail making is pretty cool, and the drinks taste great - try the Moby Dick, a tropical take on an Old Fashioned with salted caramel

Mr Fogg’s Residence

What? Home of the explorer of Around the World in Eighty Days fame

Where? Mayfair

Why? Interior design features are penny farthings dangling from the ceiling, stuffed animals and over-stuffed armchairs, and of course the famous hot air balloon makes an appearance as well. The cocktails are at least as spectacular as the decoration

Evans and Peel Detective Agency

What? The full-on secret bar experience, with passwords, interrogation, the whole lot

Where? Earls Court

Why? If you really want to act out your speakeasy dreams, this is the place to be, plus, of course the cocktails, and snacks from the in-house smoker