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Burlock

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Burlock

Marylebone rum bar with a colonial Cuban theme.

Burlock got off to an awkward start. The Marylebone rum bar with a Cuban theme had plans to call itself Plantation. As in, where the slave trade flourished. How’s that for uplifting? A petition put things right and Plantation got a new name. Though the theme remains, we’re told the bar is giving £1 from every signature cocktail it sells to human rights organisations to show that its heart is in the right place.

So, what does Burlock get right? The rum, of course: punters can choose something spiced, light, dark or even overproof. There’s a decent happy hour, too – take advantage of the Old Cuban, a light, bright twist on the mojito, for a fiver between 5pm and 7pm.

The faux colonial estate setting is actually pretty neat, light flickering through curtains, floral wallpaper and vintage sewing machines on tables. But as you realise the Latino music is on a short loop and there’s no natural light coming from behind said curtains, the atmosphere wears a bit thin. The bar snacks were below par on our trip too, with bland jerk chicken and limp empanadas. But hey, if rum’s your thing, lock into Burlock.

Venue name: Burlock
Address: 31 Duke Street
Mayfair
London
W1U 1LG
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 5pm-1am; Thu 5pm-2am; Fri 5pm-3am; Sat 6pm-3am; Sun closed.
Transport: Tube: Bond St
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Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 3 star:4
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:1
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tastemaker

This place is FAB. Hidden away, dimly lit and excellent cocktails WITH a happy hour- what more can you want from a cocktail bar with a central location.

On top of that, it was my birthday so the waiter arranged a free rum punch bowl. Very impressed and would go back.

tastemaker

A fantastic bar hidden off of Oxford Street with the biggest selection of Rum I have seen! 

Started off with a rum based cocktail called gunpowder which was delicious, then tried one of the spiced rums made into a daiquiri. 

Both drinks were amazing, the bar itself was a lovely atmosphere and it was very lively on a Friday night with even room to dance. 

tastemaker

With its funky interior a homage to all thinks rum, this speak easy will have you and your friends having a whale of a time. Relax in the quirki cinema seating or relax in the retro salon inspired corner as you sip on some amazing rum based cocktails. They are on drinki which will get you started with your first free cocktail. Simply download app and use DPILLAY1 for your first taste of Cuba libre.

Tastemaker

Nice quiet hidden place just off Oxford Street. The bartenders were lovely and knowledgeable about their craft. They serve Rum based drinks. Some people might like this but for me they were so strong I couldn't drink them. I tried three different cocktails and they were harsh and unforgiving.

tastemaker

Not my kind of bar. They are focussed on Rum and the Old Fashioned, the first cocktail served using rum was unbalanced and funky.

The rest of the four cocktails served the night were underwhelming as well.

The only saving grace was I was with friends and having a great time.

Tastemaker

Here’s another hidden gem of a bar you might not have heard of and it’s under our noses all this time. 


Burlock is an underground themed cocktail bar quite literally next to Selfridge’s. The cocktails are strong and but tasty cocktails and the setting is one of every good bar: dimly-lit, intimate and with dark corners and alcoves to hang out with your special group of friends or a hot date. I’m not sure of the theme as the mish-mash of retro posters, exposed brick walls, ornate Victorian paintings and old world maps is hard to pinpoint what era Burlock wants to take us back to. 


The music isn’t too loud which means you can actually hold a conversation, and if you’re flying solo, perch yourself at the bar and engage a bit of tete-a-tete with the bartenders serving you, they’re a great chat too. You might even get to shake your own cocktail you ask nicely enough, and it’s surprisingly good fun.


Come on a weekday. It wasn’t so busy when I visited on a Tuesday night and given its unassuming entrance and conspicuous entrance, I’d imagine it’s pretty quiet for the rest of the weekday. The weekend is when those in the know descend upon this pretty neat little subterranean bar.


Despite the location (it is Mayfair after all), Burlock is value for money if you happen to visit during their happy hour which happens EVERY DAY! It's only for selected cocktails, but still.


I’d recommend this bar for its value for money cocktails and quirky decor. I’ll definitely be bringing my mates next time.

Tastemaker

I enjoyed the speakeasy, underground & Cuban vibe of Burlock and the fact that it wasn't bustling like other central London bars, though that may be because I went early in the week. Yes, it's very dim inside, but I felt it gave it more of a relaxed atmosphere. Loved the cocktails, especially the Mai Tai, they don't hold back on their free pouring rum!! I would recommend this place for cocktails with friends catching up or a date to start the evening, just keep in mind cocktail making is a long process, they don't skip any steps, so you might have a little wait at the bar if it was any busier. 

tastemaker

Oxford Street can be quite overwhelming so you need a little drinking haven to relax your feet and sip on some fancy grog. This is where Burlock comes in. Located on Duke Street, it has a very intimate, speakeasy feel to it. The bar claims to house one of the UK’s largest Rum collections, with a selection of over 200 items. The staff are friendly, the décor inviting intimate and the drinks deliciously stiff. 

tastemaker

If you're looking for potent rum cocktails, knowledgeable bar staff and quirky decor then this is the place for you! Even better, it's just off Oxford Street making it ideal for a post-shopping tipple! I highly recommend the Hurricane cocktail - delicious! There's also a pretty decent amount of drinks deals, so you don't have to break the bank.

tastemaker

Not too far away from Bond Street lives Burlock, the cocktail and specialist rum bar. Never have I seen so much rum in my life. As you approach Burlock you are greeted with some unassuming stairs down into the basement into a candlelit den of sorts. It is quite modest and small but has wicked decor such as vintage hair dryers, whiskey trolleys and retro fans with lights on.The staff are extremely friendly and know their rum. Also a bonus, Burlock has a very good happy hour which serve £5 rum-based cocktails. If you are a lover of rum, spend the night at Burlock tasting a rum or 7. 



Time flies when you’re having rum...is that how the saying goes? That’s definitely the case at this relatively new joint Burlock which is satisfyingly close to the hustle and bustle of Oxford street.

It’s nestled down the stairs with the air of a speakeasy combined with a secret hideout where the only thing on the menu is rum, glorious unadulterated rum. I’d fallen out of love with this particular spirit and my love has been won back in the form of an expertly crafted hurricane, old fashioned and daiquiri. These are potent and extremely tasty with the bartenders knowing their stuff after being quizzed on a step by step guide to perfecting the best cocktail.

Rumour has it they’re putting out the feelers for more masterclass/ tasting sessions which can’t be a bad thing!

Great place to meet a friend after work during the week to take advantage of their happy hour or just for a cheeky one during a shopping trip.

tastemaker

I love the curiosity where Burlock leads to. The entrance greeted with a flight of stairs downwards, the dark shade of colours soothed by welcoming words to the place and when you finally open two sets of doors you unlock an underground rum bar! It's like discovering a dark side of town. Nothing dark, scary or spooky.

I've lost count on the types and origin of rum that was there but the display was certainly eye catching. Bartenders were great and knowledgeable.

It is not that huge but they have little corners of different deco like the odd saloon hideout, a cozy snug, furnished with colourful wall deco, the odd antique around and also a typical bar with high tables and stools.

All cocktails are the average London cocktail prices but Burlock's happy hour (5pm-9pm) offers £5.00 on selected range of cocktails! A bargain, of you ask me. Favourite cocktail of the night, Old Fashioned. If you don't drink try the non-alcoholic Pimm's. Food also available but didn't glance at the food menu. If you like your rum, I'd definitely say do give Burlock a try. Plus, it's based in Central London so easily accessible.

tastemaker

From the outside Burlock doesn't look like a bar, but rather, it looks more like a tattoo parlor or a designer store. However, once you get underground (as the bar is an a basement) you'll be greeted by an interesting retro atmosphere filled with Cuban vibes, bright wallpapers and antique furniture. Their specialty is rum, so make sure to head here if that's your favourite spirit, as this tiny bar close to Bond Street has plenty of choice for rum-based cocktails and old-fashioned alike. I tried the Mai Tai (Rum, Curaçao, Almond Foam and Citric) and I must say that I liked it. However, I must admit that I found the bar to be too dimly lit for me and a bit claustrophobic being in a basement without any windows. 

tastemaker

You know when you are walking down Oxford street and really have that craving for a cocktail but don't know where to go... well I have your answer...welcome to the specialist rum bar - Burlock

It's an instagrammers dream full of quirky furniture and pretty pictures then the perfect cocktail to match that picture.

Staff are lovely and happy to give advice and also you can't go wrong with a daily happy hour of 5pm-9pm with cocktails at £5

It's an underground bar and a hidden gem awaiting for you to go and sip some perfect rum punch. I like the darkness of the space and I also like how it's quite small so gives you a feeling of exclusiveness.

tastemaker

This is a lovely looking bar, not far from Bond Street station, with a really solid happy hour. However, I wasn’t a fan. While the decor was really cool to look at, it wasn’t great to BE in. It was too dark and cramped and all of the seating was stools which I don’t think suits a cocktail bar if you want to sit for more than one drink. The staff were nice and knowledgable, however, I saw people at the bar struggling to get their drinks. I wasn’t a fan of any of the cocktails I tried- granted- I’m not a huge fan of rum so don’t take that too seriously! With all the amazing bars in London, I personally wouldn’t find myself coming back here.

tastemaker

A fun rum bar hidden on Duke Street. I used the TimeOut offer - 4 cocktails for £16 which was great value. Good vibe, fun music and delicious cocktails. Booking a table before for drinks was easy and the reservations team are very helpful. Service can be a little slow in the bar but overall we had a fun night :) 

tastemaker

Small bar with upcycled decor (doors for tables, tea towels for lampshades) with a Hoxton meets Mayfair vibe. 


Seating is mainly 'perching stools', which is a shame as their brilliant rum selection should be extensively sampled, and you may end up sliding off. Seriously... if you don't like rum, you'd best go elsewhere! As a rum lover, I can vouch for the cocktails. From reinvented classics to innovative new creations, everything I tried packed a punch and was a full of flavour. The homemade ginger beer is really good! 


Service is a little slow, but staff are friendly. Good for after-shopping drinks, or a cocktail after a meal. 

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