Once an illegal drinking den and playground of notorious London gangsters the Krays, the Arts Theatre Club brings Prohibition to Soho.
Walk in the Stage Door Entrance, and into this original Speakeasy. You’ll feel like you’ve walked into a boudoir with its low, red glow. Very Moulin Rouge-esque, it’s no surprise that it was founded by a troupe of actors in the 1920s. It later became popular with London’s underworld as they managed their shady backroom deals.
Step up to the bar and whisper your order to one of their bootlegging bartenders, and get one of their cocktails served in Prohibition Teapots. Not the best cocktail I’ve ever tasted, but I can forgive the sugary, cavity inducing drink….just because the Teapot is so cool.
Spend the rest of the night dancing to cheesy retro tunes and getting to know everyone in the bar, because this place is tiny and gets packed!
The Arts Theatre Club is actually a private members bar (non-members are charged £10 entry on Fridays and Saturdays), but I have never had to pay to get in. Secret password, secret handshake or just a bat of the eyelashes…whatever works.
Arts Theater Club 50 Frith St, London, Greater London W1D 4SQ