Blind Spot

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Covent Garden
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Blind Spot
Venue says For the World Cup we have a selection of cocktails representing the countries playing that day, available for £8!

The name of this swanky cocktail bar at the St Martin's Lane Hotel seems about right. It's a low-lit, intimate little spot almost hidden from the hotel's lobby – blink and you'll miss it. 

Access is through a concealed door behind the hotel's tea counter, and tea features across the cocktail list. Signatures include a gin, peach and bergamot smash (Beefeater gin, peach liqueur, Earl Grey tea and fresh mint), a Scotch, coconut and green tea old fashioned, and a negroni infused with pine needle tea. Classics range from house martinis and manhattans to a cognac sazerac made with Hennessy Fine de Cognac and La Fee absinthe. 

And to eat? Expect Asian-influenced bar snacks such as Thai chilli crackers, crispy chilli beef sliders, chicken satay skewers and hirata steamed buns filled with pork belly, pickled vegetables and Asian herbs. 

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Blind Spot says
Set behind the façade of a boutique tea counter and a secret golden hand-shaped handle is Blind Spot at St Martins Lane, a late-night speakeasy that offers guests bespoke and signature cocktails bursting with flavours influenced by the British Empire and its ancient tea trade.

Blind Spot cocktail bar travels from harbour to harbour and gathers the world flavours into its new menu. From NYC to Sydney, through Venice, Mumbai, Osaka and many more. Spin the globe and choose from our selection of 25 destinations. Pair the carefully crafted drinks with nibbles from the same regions, and let us transport you to exotic places.

The bar is brought to life throughout the week with a programme of live music and events. Kick the week off in style with Manhattan Mondays, where beginners and cocktail connoisseurs alike can utilise the custom-made Manhattan ordering system to individualise and innovate the well-loved classic. On Tuesdays Live Spot showcases some of London’s hottest Jazz and Swing acts, heading into mid-week with up tempo electronic and dance DJ residencies Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays lasting until the early hours.
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Venue name: Blind Spot
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Address: St Martin's Lane Hotel
45 St Martin's Ln
London
WC2N 4HX
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Tastemaker

This intimate cocktail bar secreted away in the swanky interiors of St Martin's Lane Hotel near Trafalgar Square. Without waffling, I can tell you that it is brilliant and one of my fave bars in London.


Hidden behind an ordinary looking tea counter, access to Blind Spot is through a concealed door via "the golden handshake" (you'll see what I mean if you visit 😉). Step through, you'll be leaving the opulent surrounding of the hotel for the low-lit and intimate surroundings of Blind Spot complete with live music and a cocktail menu inspired by cities around the globe from New York to Tokyo.


I can highly recommend the Marseille cocktails with its delicious apricot notes, as is Kyoto with it's unusual but absolutely brilliant use of wasabi, both of which came in a stunning presentation.


To eat, the menu changes every year and but you cannot go wrong with crispy beef chilli sliders and steamed buns which felt pillowy soft around my chops. 


There are plush leather seats and comfy chairs to perch on and is perfect for groups on a night out. 


Blind Spot is brilliant late-night speakeasy that really should get more attention. If you ask me for a hidden gem in London, Blind Spot would be firmly in my list of recommendations.

tastemaker

Hidden behind a handshake in the lobby of St Martin's Lane Hotel is the sophisticated, Blind Spot. The staff were very welcoming of our late night arrival. A lovely little bar for late night drinks, after the pubs in Covent Garden have closed.

Staff Writer

Through what seems a secret door off the back of the main reception of St Martin's Lane Hotel lies Blind Spot. Amazing bar, very opulent in it's style and design, but incredibly played down. Great atmosphere. Only popped in for a quick drink but easily had a couple more. Well worth a visit.