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Milk & Honey

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This, the urban myth has it, has long been one the best bars for cocktails in London. It might well be, but it’s hard to tell unless you have night vision like a owl – the lighting is turned down so low you’ll need to borrow a candle to read the drink list, let alone see your drink, and you may not even recognise your drinking companions across the table.

And then there’s the difficulty of getting in. Note though: It’s a members’ club much of the time, although the rest of us can book a table in the early evening for two hours maximum – as long as you book at least a day in advance, arrive before 9pm, and make the booking during their 'office hours' (10am-6pm Mon-Sat – and just hope you don't get their answering machine; it took them nearly 24 hours to return our booking call).

If you’re prepared to put up with all that ballyhoo, this is a great place for perfectly executed classic cocktails. We were impressed with our negroni, not least by our bartender enquiring about our preferences of gin and vermouth combinations. Be warned that the electricity saved on the lighting seems to be diverted to the fierce air-conditioning; jackets, or at least warm clothing, are a good idea.


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

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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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.

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.