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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.magpieandstump.com. 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.citysociallondon.com. 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.coldbar.co.uk. 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 london.com. 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. www.shangri-la.com. 31 St. Thomas St, SE1 9QU. T: 020-7234 8000. F10. Station: London Bridge.
Enjoy a range of cocktails at this laid-back bar, which offers free live music every night. www. primobar.co.uk. 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.revjwsimpson.com. 32 Goodge St, W1T 2QJ. T: 020-3174 1155. E7. Station: Goodge Street.
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.rosewoodhotels.com. 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.searcyschampagnebars.co.uk. St. Pancras International, Euston Rd, N1C 4QL. T: 0207870 9900. Station: King’s Cross St Pancras.
Tiki-style basement bar and restaurant, which is more than 50 years old. Try the Mai Tai cocktail in an exotic setting. www.tradervicslondon.com. 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 hotel.com. 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.thecasinolsq.com. 5- 6 Leicester Sq, WC2H 7NA. T: 020-3642 8597. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
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.hippodromecasino.com. 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.thesportsmancasino.com. Old Quebec St, W1H 7AF. T: 020-7414 0061. D6. Station: Marble Arch.
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT 606 Club
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 club.co.uk. 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.stringfellows.co.uk. 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 kitchen.com. 111 Camden High St, NW1 7JN. T: 0207387 5277. Off map. Station: Camden Town.
The world-famous jazz venue also includes a bar and restaurant. There are acts every night, plus Sat and Sun lunchtimes. www.ronniescotts.co.uk. 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 fellows.co.uk. 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.avedainstitute.co.uk. 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-berkeley.co.uk. 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.fortnumandmason.com. 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. www.blueharbourspa.co.uk. Chelsea Harbour Drive, SW10 0XG. T: 020-7300 5011. Off map. Station: Imperial Wharf.
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.brownshotel.com. Albemarle St, W1S 4BP. T: 020-7518 4009. E7. Station: Bond Street.
Step inside this luxury spa, which uses the principles of Chinese medicine to rebalance mind, body and spirit. www.chuanspa.com. 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.
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 tonic.com. 31a Bruton Place, W1J 6NN. T: 0207297 4343. E6. Station: Bond Street.
Spa with a contemporary edge and a luxurious Asian touch. Eight treatment rooms plus manicure and pedicure stations. www.mandaraspa.com. Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, 200 Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7UT. T: 020-7620 7300. F8. Station: Waterloo.
Offering more than 50 personalised treatments, ranging from massages to beauty treats from brands such as Natura Bissé. Excellent health club and pool. www.onealdwych.com. One Aldwych, WC2B 4BZ. T: 020-7300 0600. Station: Covent Garden.
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-refinery.com. 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. co.uk/spa. Chichester St, SW1V 3LX. T: 020-7798 6767. Off map. Station: Pimlico.
Enjoy the aromatherapy expertise of Carita, Decléor and Environ in this holistic skin and body-care haven. www.spailluminata.com. 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.urbanretreat.co.uk. 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. www.ushvani.com. 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. www.trumpers.com. 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. www.hershesons.com. Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, W1A 1AB. T: 020-7493 1600. E6. Station: Bond Street.
This hair colour salon is home to top stylists, and renowned also for colour correction work. www.johansford.com. 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. windleandmoodie.com. 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.urbanmassage.com. T: 020-3051 9021.
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