Downstairs from Hawksmoor steakhouse, in an architecturally fascinating basement space, lurks one of the best bars in London.
This architecturally fascinating basement bar is a jewel in east London’s bar scene. If you can’t bag a table in the main seating space or at a table under the vaults, perch at the copper bar and ask the bartender to explain the architecture to you. Seated there, you’ll also get the chance to watch some extremely talented cocktail craftsmen at work. We ordered two drinks, a flawless martini and a wonderful Marmalade cocktail of vodka, Campari, lemon and marmalade – the perfect acid/sweet balance. We got a free sip of a couple of sweeties too, including a Nuclear Banana daiquiri, which was very well made and incredibly rich. Service from both bartenders and table crew is effortlessly friendly, and good-looking bar snacks, such as ox cheek nuggets and pig’s head poutine, give a taste of the kitchen upstairs. We can’t think of a single bad thing to say about this bar, one of the very best in east London.