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Pur­port­ing to be the site of an aban­doned un­der­ground sta­tion, Ca­hoots trans­ports you back to 1940s Lon­don, from the vintage train car­riage seat­ing to the wooden ‘es­ca­la­tor’ lead­ing down to the bar. Even the menu looks like an old broad­sheet news­pa­per, with cock­tails di­vided into cat­e­gories ac­cord­ing to their in­gre­di­ents, which re­flects the tastes and prac­tices of the day. Af­ter 10pm on Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day, there is swing danc­ing and live mu­sic. Don’t be alarmed if you don’t un­der­stand the staff – they slip into Cock­ney rhyming slang ev­ery now and then. So shine your ‘ones and twos’ (slang for ‘shoes’) and pre­pare to party like it’s VE Day, 1945.

TRA­DI­TIONAL PUBS Mag­pie & Stump, The

This pub, op­po­site the Old Bai­ley, once dou­bled up as a public view­ing spot for hang­ings at Newgate Prison. www.mag­pie­and­s­ 18 Old Bai­ley, EC4M 7EP. T: 020-7248 5085. B8. Sta­tion: St. Paul’s.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

This pub has wood-pan­elled walls and vaults that are thought to date back to a 13th-cen­tury Carmelite monastery which once stood here. 145 Fleet St, EC4A 2BU. T: 020-7353 6170. D9. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

BARS & CLUBS City So­cial

Jason Ather­ton of­fers spec­tac­u­lar food and drink sur­rounded by won­der­ful views of Lon­don. www.cityso­cial­lon­ Tower 42, 25 Old Broad St, EC2N 1HQ. T: 020-7877 7703. D11. Sta­tion: Liver­pool Street.

C.O.L.D Bar (The City of Lon­don Dis­tillery)

A won­der­ful well-stocked, retro-styled cock­tail bar. Tast­ings, classes and tours are avail­able. www.cold­ 22-24 Bride Lane, EC4Y 8DT. T: 020-7936 3446. D9. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.


A su­per-club that cham­pi­ons the very best in cut­ting-edge dance mu­sic. The venue at­tracts fans of dance, house and techno. www.fab­ric lon­ 77a Char­ter­house St, EC1M 6HJ. T: 020-7336 8898. D9. Sta­tion: Far­ring­don.


Lo­cated in The Shard, Gong is the high­est Cham­pagne bar in Lon­don and the ideal place for sunset cock­tails and late-night drinks. 31 St. Thomas St, SE1 9QU. T: 020-7234 8000. F10. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge.

Primo Bar

En­joy a range of cock­tails at this laid-back bar, which of­fers free live mu­sic ev­ery night. www. pri­mo­ Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, SE1 7UT. T: 020-7620 7282. F8. Sta­tion: Waterloo.

Rev­erend J.W. Simp­son

This cock­tail bar is a real slice of ‘shabby chic’ – and is the gen­uine ex-abode of the good Rev­erend, proved by the blue plaque out­side. Scruffy so­fas and a laid-back vibe are its hall­mark. www.revjwsimp­ 32 Goodge St, W1T 2QJ. T: 020-3174 1155. E7. Sta­tion: Goodge Street.

Scar­fes Bar

Part of the lux­ury ho­tel Rosewood Lon­don, this bar is named af­ter Gerald Scarfe, the car­toon­ist who was com­mis­sioned to cre­ate car­toons of iconic Bri­tish fig­ures, which are cast on pan­els around the room. www.rose­wood­ho­ 252 High Hol­born, WC1V 7EN. T: 020-3747 8611. D8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

Searcys Cham­pagne Bar

Europe’s long­est Cham­pagne bar, in the up­stairs fore­court of the train sta­tion, has a huge se­lec­tion of bub­bly. www.searcyscham­pag­ St. Pan­cras In­ter­na­tional, Eus­ton Rd, N1C 4QL. T: 0207870 9900. Sta­tion: King’s Cross St Pan­cras.

Trader Vic’s

Tiki-style base­ment bar and res­tau­rant, which is more than 50 years old. Try the Mai Tai cock­tail in an ex­otic set­ting. www.trader­vic­slon­ Lon­don Hil­ton on Park Lane, 22 Park Ln, W1K 1BE. T: 020-7208 4113. E6. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

Whisky Bar, The

This spe­cial­ist bar, at the Athenaeum ho­tel in May­fair, has 270 types of whisky along­side other spir­its, cock­tails and Cham­pagne. www.athenaeum ho­ 116 Pic­cadilly, W1J 7BJ. T: 020-7640 3333. E6. Sta­tion: Green Park.

CASI­NOS Casino at the Em­pire, The

There is a ded­i­cated poker room and the latest ta­ble and elec­tronic games at this spec­tac­u­lar venue, hous­ing a con­tem­po­rary Asian res­tau­rant and sev­eral bars. www.the­casi­ 5- 6 Le­ices­ter Sq, WC2H 7NA. T: 020-3642 8597. E7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

Hip­po­drome Casino

This land­mark venue has fab­u­lous gam­ing on three floors, plus the He­liot Steak House. It also hosts live mu­sic, such as The Late Jazz Jam (ev­ery Thur from 11pm). www.hip­po­drome­ Cran­bourn St, Le­ices­ter Sq, WC2H 7JH. T: 0207769 8888. E7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

Sports­man Casino, The

Tra­di­tional and elec­tronic gam­ing with a poker lounge, sports bar, in­for­mal din­ing and res­tau­rant. www.thes­ports­man­ Old Que­bec St, W1H 7AF. T: 020-7414 0061. D6. Sta­tion: Mar­ble Arch.


A re­laxed mem­bers’ jazz cel­lar and res­tau­rant, spe­cial­is­ing in Bri­tish-based artists, play­ing blues, R’n’B and soul. The food is great, too. www.606 90 Lots Rd, SW10 0QD. T: 020-7352 5953. Off map. Sta­tion: Ful­ham Broad­way.

An­gels Gen­tle­men’s Club Soho

Six show and cock­tail stages plus Red Rooms, VIP booths and the new Leop­ard Room where Peter Stringfel­low’s ‘An­gels’ dance at your ta­ble. The venue in­cludes the An­gel Bar and res­tau­rant. www.stringfel­ 201 War­dour St, W1F 8ZH. T: 020-7758 0670. D7. Sta­tion: Ox­ford Cir­cus.

Blues Kitchen, The

This busy venue stages blues, soul and jazz mu­sic most nights, plus a DJ at week­ends. www.theblues 111 Cam­den High St, NW1 7JN. T: 0207387 5277. Off map. Sta­tion: Cam­den Town.

Ron­nie Scott’s

The world-fa­mous jazz venue also in­cludes a bar and res­tau­rant. There are acts ev­ery night, plus Sat and Sun lunchtimes. www.ron­ni­ 47 Frith St, W1D 4HT. T: 020-7439 0747. D7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road.


En­ter­tain­ment is supplied by more than 80 ‘An­gels’ danc­ing at ta­bles at this gen­tle­men’s club and res­tau­rant. Free en­try when din­ing. www.string fel­ 16-19 Up­per St. Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9EF. T: 020-7240 5534. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

SPAS Aveda In­sti­tute

Full-ser­vice sa­lon of­fer­ing cuts, colour, blow-dry­ing and botan­i­cal treat­ments us­ing Aveda’s plant-based prod­ucts. Beauty and spa treat­ments avail­able, and a spe­cial bar­ber and groom­ing ser­vice for men. www.avedain­sti­ 174 High Hol­born, WC1V 7AA. T: 020-7759 7355. D8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

Bam­ford Hay­barn Spa

This re­lax­ing day spa has a holis­tic ap­proach to well­be­ing, us­ing botanic prod­ucts in­clud­ing Oskia fa­cials. www.the-berke­ The Berke­ley ho­tel, Wil­ton Place, SW1X 7RL. T: 020-7201 1699. F6. Sta­tion: Knights­bridge.

Beauty Rooms at Fort­num & Ma­son

Of­fers wax­ing, Sis­ley and En­v­i­ron fa­cials and nail treat­ments. Spe­cial pack­ages in­clud­ing the Flag­ging Shop­per, a foot and back mas­sage. www.fort­nu­mand­ma­ 181 Pic­cadilly, W1A 1ER. T: 020-7973 4094. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Blue Har­bour Health Club & Spa

Swim in the 17-me­tre pool, un­wind in the sauna, steam room and re­lax­ation suite or get a hair treat­ment. There is a choice of mas­sages avail­able.­har­ Chelsea Har­bour Drive, SW10 0XG. T: 020-7300 5011. Off map. Sta­tion: Im­pe­rial Wharf.

Brown’s Ho­tel

An oa­sis of calm in the West End, boast­ing a pre­mium se­lec­tion of treat­ments, fa­cials and mas­sages for men and women. Top brands in­clude Nubo and Carita. www.brown­ Albe­marle St, W1S 4BP. T: 020-7518 4009. E7. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

Chuan Spa

Step in­side this lux­ury spa, which uses the prin­ci­ples of Chi­nese medicine to re­bal­ance mind, body and spirit. The Lang­ham, 1c Port­land Place, Re­gent St, W1B 1JA. T: 020-7973 7550. D6. Sta­tion: Ox­ford Cir­cus.

Elemis Day Spa

Si­t­u­ated in the heart of May­fair, this spa has been de­signed to stim­u­late all the senses, with treat­ments rang­ing from anti-age­ing fa­cials to hands-on body ther­a­pies and detox pro­grammes. www.elemis. com/dayspa. 2-3 Lan­cashire Ct, W1S 1EX. T: 020-7499 4995. E6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

Gen­tle­men’s Tonic

Stylish gen­tle­men-only groom­ing es­tab­lish­ment with bar­ber shop, body, skin and lifestyle treat­ments and a full range of prod­ucts. Also avail­able at St. Pan­cras Re­nais­sance Ho­tel. www.gen­tle­mens 31a Bru­ton Place, W1J 6NN. T: 0207297 4343. E6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

Man­dara Spa

Spa with a con­tem­po­rary edge and a lux­u­ri­ous Asian touch. Eight treat­ment rooms plus man­i­cure and pedi­cure sta­tions.­ Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, 200 Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7UT. T: 020-7620 7300. F8. Sta­tion: Waterloo.

One Ald­wych

Of­fer­ing more than 50 per­son­alised treat­ments, rang­ing from mas­sages to beauty treats from brands such as Natura Bissé. Ex­cel­lent health club and pool. www.oneald­ One Ald­wych, WC2B 4BZ. T: 020-7300 0600. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Re­fin­ery, The

Lon­don’s first men-only spa has treat­ments rang­ing from a tra­di­tional Hair of the Dog shave to full-blown lux­ury fa­cials and deep-tis­sue mas­sage. Also avail­able at Har­rods. www.the-re­fin­ 60 Brook St, W1K 5DU. T: 020-7409 2001. E6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

Spa – Dol­phin Square, The

Morocco-inspired lux­ury from a team of spa men­tors, of­fer­ing a treat­ment menu in­clud­ing mas­sage and tra­di­tional Ham­mam ex­fo­li­a­tion with a Kessa glove and Savon Noir. www.dol­phin­square. Chich­ester St, SW1V 3LX. T: 020-7798 6767. Off map. Sta­tion: Pim­lico.

Spa Il­lu­mi­nata

En­joy the aro­mather­apy ex­per­tise of Carita, De­cléor and En­v­i­ron in this holis­tic skin and body-care haven. www.spail­lu­mi­ 63 South Aud­ley St, W1K 2QS. T: 020-7499 7777. E6. Sta­tion: Mar­ble Arch.

Ur­ban Re­treat at Har­rods

En­joy myr­iad beauty treat­ments in­clud­ing mas­sages, paraf­fin wax treat­ments and hair care, us­ing top prod­ucts. www.ur­ban­re­ 5th floor, Har­rods, 87-135 Bromp­ton Rd, SW1X 7XL. T: 020-7893 8333. F5. Sta­tion: Knights­bridge.


This plush, highly re­garded day spa is an oa­sis of tran­quil­ity in Chelsea. En­joy mas­sages and fa­cials; cou­ples can use the As­mara Suite, which is filled with Malaysian fur­nish­ings and dec­o­ra­tive carv­ings. 1 Cado­gan Gdns, SW3 2RJ. T: 020-7730 2888. G5. Sta­tion: Sloane Square.

SA­LONS Geo. F. Trumper

This tra­di­tional bar­ber shop in the heart of May­fair of­fers wet shaves, toi­letries and ac­ces­sories for an el­e­gant re­sult. 9 Cur­zon St, W1J 5HQ. T: 020-7499 1850. E6. Sta­tion: Green Park.

Hershesons Blow Dry Bar

At this trendy hair­dresser to the stars, you can ask for your favourite fash­ion-for­ward look and a stylist will recre­ate it in un­der 30 min­utes. Sel­fridges, 400 Ox­ford St, W1A 1AB. T: 020-7493 1600. E6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

Jo Hans­ford

This hair colour sa­lon is home to top stylists, and renowned also for colour cor­rec­tion work.­hans­ 48 South Aud­ley St, W1K 2QB. T: 020-7495 7774. E6. Sta­tion: Mar­ble Arch.

Win­dle & Moodie

Award-win­ning full-ser­vice hair sa­lon spe­cial­is­ing in cat­walk looks for the ev­ery­day woman. It uses the renowned Bum­ble & Bum­ble prod­ucts. www. windle­and­ 41 Shorts Gdns, WC2H 9AP. T: 020-7497 2393. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

MO­BILE SER­VICE Ur­ban Mas­sage

A lux­ury mo­bile mas­sage ser­vice of­fer­ing spa-qual­ity treat­ments di­rect to your ho­tel room. In­clud­ing Swedish, deep tis­sue, sports and preg­nancy mas­sage. Avail­able within one hour. www.ur­ban­mas­ T: 020-3051 9021.


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