Architectural Foodsmiths Bompas and Parr have been up to their old tricks again, this time bringing a walk-in cloud of breathable cocktails to Borough Market, close to the duo’s studio. Renowned for their culinary wizardry and experiential gastronomy, Bompas and Par have wowed internationally with their off the wall creations including their jelly landmarks, Tutti Fruiti lake at Kew Gardens and Chromatopsia, where they died the River Lea emerald green during the Open East Festival in 2013.
Their current experiment is the latest immersive experience to emerge on London’s ever dynamic calendar, and having graced the capital under the same name in 2009 it’s not new. Described as ‘an installation that explodes drinks to the scale of architecture’, it features a vapour cloud composed of spirits and mixer at a ration of 1:3. When visitors enter the saturated air, alcohol enters the bloodstream in non-conventional ways, through the lungs and eyeballs.
London is no stranger to the speakeasy-inspired bar. The concept may have been around for a while, but the trend certainly shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. The latest new kid on the block resides in Soho, and you didn’t hear it from me.
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...