Set in 1940s post-war London, Cahoots is both literally and metaphorically underground. Located in the old Kingly Court air raid shelter, this new London gem is brainchild of Inception Group, so of course it comes complete with a story: scoundrels have happened upon the old station and taken it as their drinking den.
This narrative runs throughout your entire experience of the bar, and provides a theme so very consistent that it infiltrates absolutely everything.
This is exactly why Cahoots is like no other...
The scene is set as you reach the Ticket Office and are greeted by the captain himself, and the familiar overhead sounds of a train chugging along the track. As you head through into the bar, bustling music is enough to inspire any left-footed scoundrel to want to get into the Swing of things. Even a trip to the toilets will be met by the sound of radio war reports.
The cocktail menu, filled with British classics, is not only impressive in its content, but is a design feat in itself. It’s pages are stylised as an old newspaper, with the drinks almost hidden within its content. Once you’ve made your selection your waistcoat-clad barmen will shake you up a treat. If you’re looking for something sweet, lay down your arms and surrender to Anne Shelton. For something a little different, pick the White Cloves of Dover. You’ll see.
Cahoots would of course be incomplete without featuring a tube carriage, complete with TfL patterned fabric. Unlike normal tube carriages, however, you won’t have anyone's armpit in your face. Capacity is closely managed which means no long waits for drinks and no overcrowding. In London I hear you say? Why yes.
Cahoots certainly lives up to its name, but it is much more than just a secret bar. This place invites you to take part, engaging the senses to ensure that every stage of your experience is as immersive as possible.
So if you’re a scoundrel looking for something different, look no further. I won’t tell you exactly where you can find it, but it might be wise to follow the signs ‘To The Train’. Nudge nudge, wink wink.
Tip: Book in advance. Bring your ration book along if you’re feeling peckish.