Milk & Honey

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© Rob Greig
© Rob Greig
© Rob Greig
© Rob Greig
© Rob Greig

Since opening in 2002, this London outpost of the top-drawer Manhattan M&H has been one of central London’s best places for drinking proper cocktails in clubby but unstuffy surroundings. Officially it is a members’ bar, and so discreet that the only outward evidence of its existence is a tiny sign next to a buzzer on Poland Street. But non-members can go – by booking the ground floor or basement bar only – up to 11pm. A list of rules states that the house doesn’t like noise, it doesn’t like rowdy, it doesn’t like poseurs or pickups. The restrictions are worth it for unfailing excellence in cocktail-making and a very civilised evening.

Venue name: Milk & Honey
Address: 61 Poland Street
Opening hours: Open Non-members 6-11pm Mon-Sat (2hrs max, last admission 9pm). Members 6pm-3am Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus tube
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Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

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I went to Milk and honey with my friend, he's a member. I'd never thought that there was such a venue in the hear of soho... Great place to go to, especially if you want great drinks and food in a friendly environment.

Katie F

Milk and Honey takes prohibition theming to a whole new level. As mentioned in other reviews, you have to know where it is to find it - look for the black iron door! Once inside, lighting is rationed and you may need to use the candle on your table to read the cocktail menu! I'm not wholly keen on the decor inside, I know it's the look they're going for but it feels a bit sparse and like the place needs a refurb - we were there early though so it may have a better feel when it gets more crowded. However, the cocktails make up for any qualms I have - they are superb. The waiters are also excellent when asked for recommendations and don't feel restricted by the menu, order whatever you like and if you like a particularly flavour, make sure you say so, as they will be able to create a special version with that flavour for you. Right in the middle of Soho, it may be a well known secret but it still feels special and will impress friends, family and dates alike. Make sure you reserve!

Samantha H

Amazing place to finish the night off after many other bars close and you don't fancy hitting the clubs.  The cocktails are always fantastic and the staff will go out of their way to make sure that everyone has a good time.  Definitely worth the membership fees! 

Bonnie W

I love bringing friends from out of town here for a couple of cocktails. 

Milk & Honey is quite hidden on Portland Street so unless you know the address you would never know it's there. Once you go through the door, there's a nice little reception and then you're led into a 1920's speakeasy feeling bar. It's good to note they have a reservations only policy. 

The cocktails are top notch and I've always had great service. Make sure to read their very amusing House Rules in the back of their menu. 

Laura S

Absolutely great quality drinks, amazing service, good customer advice and unique atmosphere!


I had wanted to visit for some time but though reservations would be a problem as I’m not a member. However I managed to make a reservation a week in advance for a Friday night at 6pm for 4 guests. The lady at reception was slow checking guests in and taking coats, but considering she's doing all this and taking phone reservations at the same time, she did great. But would prefer she was focusing on checking guest in as they're strict on the 2 hour table time. The bar is very dark and reading the menu by candle light is difficult but the staff are very helpful and even make off menu cocktails as well as being happy to discuss and make recommendations. Additionally the food was great and quality of drinks worth the bit more in price. It’s a great speakeasy and you defiantly feel as though you’re in your own little world, the friendly staff was the cherry on top.


Bob Downe


Great institution of soho, often copied. This great bar is a temple of cocktail making and quality drinks in the heart of london.

Natalie Spence

We went at 6pm, pretty much the earliest time you can arrive, and were really impressed. Any bags/coast can be left in the entrance reception area cloakroom before you enter, so it makes you feel nice and ready to go in- you enter the main room which is in complete darkness, and to be honest, takes your eyes a few minutes to adjust. We were taken to a table, talked through the menu (which was a little hard to read in the darkness)- our waiter was very knowledgeable about the cocktails. When they arrived I remember being a little disappointed with how small they were, but when you taste them- they're amazing and you don't need a large glass. Just the right amount of bite. Reasonable prices for such a nice venue, and the booths make you almost not notice other people there. Really cool- good for 1-2 nice cocktails before moving on!


A dark, clubby place to enjoy a £9 artisanal, decently spiked cocktail *and* have a conversation without having to compete with a zealous sound system for decibel levels. There is a maze of dimly lit rooms inside, containing tables and high-backed plush leather banquettes, making the spaces feel both intimate and relaxed. Reservations are a must for non-members and not necessarily available at weekends.

Jo Reed

We went early for per dinner cocktails and it was a little empty - I can only imagine that the atmosphere is great when fuller. It was very dark - they are going for a truly authentic 1920s vibe and I rather liked it. Cocktails are STUNNING proper proper cocktails, the waiters are very knowledgable and recommend for your tastes - spot on every time. Water is served with your drinks, delicately flavoured with lemon and cucumber. We all shared some olives (enormous and buttery) and some tempura prawns (yum) We are non members - and you can book as a non member a day in advance an have the table for about 2 hrs (check their website for specifics). Prices are reasonable, I guess as they generate income from membership fees - I would definitely consider joining.


Was very pleasantly surprised by Milk & Honey. Thought it wouldn't live up to the hype but the cocktails were truly excellent and the environment relaxed.


I've been here many times; my friend is a member, and as soon as my income stabilises, I hope to apply for a membership too. I love the quirky house rules (among others, men are not allowed to just go up to women in other parties and chat to them, and women can only chat to men in other parties if they ask the bar staff for an introduction), I love the 20s speak-easy atmosphere, and most of all, I love the custom-made, expertly-concocted drinks there. Highly recommended.

David Newbould

Nice enough and the service was decent, but it's certainly not 5 star - given the membership fee you would expect top quality but this is not the case, with areas needing repainted and what looks like expensive gold wall tiles actually painted plastic. Add to that big, black, clashing speakers not even hidden from view and it seems like too little effort for what should be a premium space.


Haven't been for ages and went the other night, forgot how brilliant this place is, loved the vibe and the drinks were superb. We had a friendly bartender who looked after us all night and recommended some cocktails we wouldn't have usually tried. Will definitely come again soon.