“What ho old bean, are you here to see the Captain?”
And with that classy greeting the tone is set for an evening at Cahoots bar in London; where the tubes might have stopped but the drinks are flowing. Having visited for the second time recently, I thought a celebratory blog post was overdue.
Upon arrival, once having been vetted, you are allowed to descend the tube staircase. Once inside the bar itself you will be rewarded with a seat either in the old tube carriage itself or in the vintage luggage room style main section. Now that I am fairly familiar with the venue I hope that on my next trip I will be seated at the bar as I would love to watch how the cocktails are made!
Bookings are made for two hours, which enables you to easily consume at least two tipples if not more. I like my cocktails sweet and fruity and I can highly recommend the Vera Lynn and Keepin Marm. Both come in unusual ‘glasses’ and add to the quirky feel of this themed bar. Water is available and dispensed from tea caddies, whilst popcorn is also supplied. One day I hope to try a spam sarnie, clearly the ultimate bar snack! They have also added squiffy picnic’s to their rosta, although I haven’t tried one myself it sounds like a fun idea.
Vintage music plays alongside the occasional electro swing, with live music taking Cahoots late into the evening on weekends. However it is the toilet soundtrack that I like best hahh! When I visited most recently they had a radio station discussing cockney rhyming slang, which is a great way to pass the time in the ladies in my opinion.
This wasn’t just a normal visit to Cahoots however, I was celebrating my birthday! I was spoilt rotten with a day of tapas at Pix Pintxos and a viewing of Aladdin the Musical, which I really enjoyed. Cahoots in the middle however, was made all the more special as I was presented with a card from the team as well as the cutest little cup cake from Crumbs and Doilies, that cake was good! I hope to visit the shop, which is a stone’s throw away from Cahoots next time I am in London.
One word of advice? Make sure you book in advance; I went past one Saturday night on a whim just to see if they could fit a table of 3 in. No chance, there was a huge queue. My best tip would be to make this one of the first stops for your event. Both occasions I have visited, were before 7pm. This made finding the bar all the more magical as no one else is queuing and you really do get the chance to look around inside as it isn’t full of people yet! I think discovering the bar and having the greeting really sets one up for the trip into Cahoots, it means you instantly get involved with the theme and it really makes it all the more exciting.
With that piece of advice I conclude my Cahoots post. If you are looking for something a bit different to do in London, whether you have a love for vintage or not this is a really interesting setting for some really tasty and in some cases quirky cocktails. But remember to keep it under your hat eh? There’s a pal. Over and out.