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Foundation Bar

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Covent Garden
4 out of 5 stars
(17user reviews)
Foundation Bar

Colourful murals, patterned seating and statement lighting complete the look at this Langley Street cocktail bar. The quirky, exposed brick interior is swathed in a deep red hue, with divided seating areas that look good for groups, alongside more intimate booths.

Cocktails are the main attraction here – there are 38 to choose from, including classics, classics re-spun and sharers, which are served up in teapots. Cocktails include a blueberry and chilli mojito, a cherry caipirinha, a triple lemon martini and a High Tea, made with Bombay Sapphire gin, peach lemon and Earl Grey tea. Pizzas, burgers and nibbles are also on offer.

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Venue name: Foundation Bar
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Address: 5 Langley Street
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WC2H 9JA
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Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:2
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tastemaker

After doing a brief research on the web I found Foundation Bar and decided to try it out with friends who hadn't heard of it either. It's quite close to Covent Garden's tube station and it doesn't look like the place you'd go to unless you've heard about it from someone or you've stumbled upon it on the web as I did, as it is in a pretty small not busy street and it doesn't have a very catchy sign. But once you enter, I'm sure you'll have a great experience. The place is amazing in terms of interior design, mixing antiques with artistic and kitsch furniture, the staff in friendly and helpful, the music not so loud, so you can actually have a conversation without risking a sore throat or losing your voice while screaming and the cocktails are wow, especially if you're into unusual mixes. My friends and I had an "Oh My!" which was with vanilla vodka, apple liqueur, custard, lemon and cinnamon; a "Bubblegum Mojito" (Bacardi with bubblegum syrup) and a "Jaffa Cake" (vanilla vodka, chocolate liqueur served with actual Jaffa Cakes) and we all enjoyed them very much. Prices for cocktails range from 8.50£ to 12.50£ circa, so, not so expensive compared to other cocktail bars in the area (plus, they also have a "happy hour", but we were late for it as it is until 7PM). If you're feeling hungry they also serve food and the portions are even big, so if you're feeling on an empty stomach go for it. As for me, I will surely be back!

tastemaker

Went to a friend's engagement drinks here over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised! From the outside I didnt expect it to be so big and have so many different rooms! This place is perfect for large groups or if you wanted to hire one of the rooms to host an event or celebrate a birthday etc! The music was good and it the decor was cool and chic. Cocktails were priced reasonably and the music was good too! Overall, a good night out at this place.


Awful from start to finish.


Our hen do ran a little late, as the restaurant prior to the booking had been slow, but doorman insisted on taking a "cash only" payment, which thankfully once management were involved, was given back. 

Once in, staff didn’t know we were on a pre-booked and prepaid package. 

They apologised that the decorations had "been moved around", but there were no “Hen party” balloons anywhere - just 30th balloons, so clearly this wasn’t even organised in the first place. Also what they indicated to be a "VIP area" had no-one in it, nothing to differentiate it so anyone could sit there and was actually in the worst, out of the way locations in the club.

The shots came after asking several times and we were just told repeatedly how busy the bar was and how understaffed they were.

We eventually got the shots and they sent an additional bottle of champagne to apologise for the wait.

We then chased the sharer cocktails and birthday cocktail, which the staff admitted they had forgotten and by the time they arrived, it was 20 mins before the bar closed! There was a lot wasted as a result and the group had spent a long time without drinks!

Response from the club after the night was arrogant, they felt they compensated us for what they called a "slight delay", which was in fact two hours to receive all the drinks. Don't waste your money - Karaoke Box on the other hand was fantastic! Go there instead!

tastemaker

My girlfriend booked a table here for her birthday drinks and put down a £25 deposit to secure the table and when we arrived we were told that it was half price drinks and that the £25 would go towards the tab, so we ordered a few bottles of prosecco. I loathe to give bad reviews but Foundation Bar is where customer services goes to die - the service here was terrible. The glasses were dirty and the staff were dismissive and distracted, often chatting away with one another. When I asked about food earlier in the night they said that the food is to be ordered at the bar, which was fine so when my other companions arrived they went to the bar to order some food; but was then curiously told that the kitchen was not open tonight because they were “too busy”.

Things just got worse when we went to pay the bill. It seemed a little expensive so we asked them to make sure that the £25 deposit had been applied to the bill and the half price discount on drinks as they had told us it would be. I can understand that if it is half price during a specific time period and is counted on when the item was paid as opposed to when the item was put through the till that is fine, but this wasn’t communicated to us before hand. The staff also became very agitated and a little intimidating to be honest when we questioned the bill and asked for an itemised receipt and refused to discuss it in a professional manner or explain to us what had happened. To prevent the situation from escalating as it was upsetting my girlfriend, I just paid the bill. Frankly, I’m appalled by the service and the attitude of the staff here, would avoid this place and give it zero stars. Intimidating behaviour is not okay in any context and it’s a shame that it had to tarnish a birthday celebration.

tastemaker

I recently had my birthday drinks at Foundation bar, it is a great venue. Really good music, drinks are well made and the food was very nice. Really easy to sort out and a pleasure to deal with all staff, will be going back!

Tastemaker

The bar is definitely a lot bigger than what it looks and for the most part the evening was enjoyable, however, I booked this place for drinks after work around Christmas and was told it would close at 3am. Much to the disappointment of my party, it closed at 1am (way too early!) LUCKILY, however, management dealt with it perfectly. A lovely chap (whose name I have shamefully forgotten) escorted us to a new bar where we didn't have to pay to get in and there were buckets of free beers as a way of saying sorry. 


When we went to foundation bar, there wasn't much of an atmosphere, especially seeing as it was around Christmas time, but I can see a lot of potential for it - and again, hats off to the staff!

tastemaker

One of the society's at my university had a room booked out for our annual Christmas social here last year and I truly had a good time! Given how small the entrance looked, I didn't expect the bar to be quite so big downstairs. However, the public and general areas were quite spacious along with a decent bar set-up. I liked the interior decor, as it was quite classy looking and the bar is quite long, which is good when it gets crowded and many people want to get drinks. 


The room we had booked was one end and even had its own bar inside. The space was once again quite large with loads of seating and a good amount of tables for people to stand around. The music was pumping from beginning to end, which really helped set the mood for an end-of-year party! Again, the interior design of this room was sophisticated without being too chic. It was a nice destination to dress up for a night out with friends!


Would highly recommend Foundation Bar, if you're looking to do a corporate event or celebratory gathering. The staff take good care of you and the bar itself is lovely! 

Tastemaker

Foundation is part of a larger group/chain of bars and you can kind of tell. It has pretty standard cocktails and platter type food and nibbles. It's got a great central location, perfect for after work drinks. I used to go quite frequently because it's an easy, non-controversial choice - there's a happy hour, if it turns into a late one there's a dance floor, and there's plenty of space so you can reserve tables. That said, it's not a particularly inspiring or exciting bar. So it's perfect if you're just looking for an easy meeting spot, but if it's a special occasion or date night, I would look elsewhere!


I was looking to celebrate my birthday, I went to a couple of bars in Covent Garden and had a good time. I stumbled past Foundation bar (as it is a bit tucked away) and had the best night EVER! The cocktails were unreal, all with a twist on the classics! The bar staff were great fun (one was even flaring). Door staff were really friendly. Only downfall is that I had to queue for a little (probably due to the fact that its so damn good!). I would recommend this bar to EVERYONE!


After researching cocktail bars in Covent Garden I came across Foundation Bar, a 'hidden gem' in the heart or Covent Garden. Easy to find just moments from Covent Garden tube station! (bonus). Once inside I headed downstairs, underground, (already liking this place). I was pleasantly surprised by all the space inside! What was even more impressive was the cocktail menu! Perhaps the best I've seen with 38 cocktails listed. All reasonably priced for around £8/£9 which reduce to around £4/£5 in their Happy Hour, 'The Happiest Hours', a very well suited name indeed! The venue is very relaxed and the perfect chill out spot and the music wasn't bad either! Would definitely visit again and recommend everyone to give it a go! 


A real hidden gem! Unless you have previously been told about it or seen it advertised, you would never know to find it down a Covent Garden backstreet. I came here from my friends birthday and had an amazing experience. The underground bar is split into three separate areas, each one with its own unique feel and quirkiness. We were based in the back room which seemed to be the most lively of the three with its own DJ and dance floor. The cocktail menu is extensive and very exciting and has something to suit everyone. Most of them have an added sweet or snack on the side too! The staff were all super friendly and seemed to genuinely want to make sure our party were having a good night! The club area had a great lively atmosphere and the DJ was playing some great tunes. The only down side to this place is that it shuts early, around 1am on a Friday. Overall, a great night out and perfect for both partying and unwinding. I will be definitely returning to try out their 2 for 1 happy hour.

tastemaker


Based near Covent Garden tube station, Foundation Bar is a great way to start or end a night. With three different rooms in the venue, there is plenty of space to spread out. Good atmosphere from beginning to end and a club night on Fridays and Saturdays until 1am. Most importantly, it is 50% off all drinks daily from 5pm-7.30pm (excluding bottles of champagne) – BARGAIN! January sale extended until 9pm. 


The cocktail menu is extensive with some served in teapots / teacups and others served in jam jars. My favourites were the dip dab (Bacardi Rum with fresh strawberries, teaspoon of strawberry sherbet crystals and strawberry jam with a side of dip dab!) and the Almondation (Disaronno and Frangelico with lemon juice and bitters and a side of nuts). 


Food is also available from sharing platters to burgers and pizzas. We opted for the foundation platter with pepperoni and chilli hand rolled pizza (a whole pizza by the way!) voodoo chicken wings (delicious with plenty of sauce), chorizo sausage roll, chips and dips and chilli popcorn – plenty for two people. The loaded nachos with guacamole, salsa and sour cream were also great and a decent portion.


Cover charge of £10 after 10pm on a Saturday but add yourself to the guestlist and it is normally free before 11pm.



Great night out - shuts at 1 which is a shame but the DJ was spinning some really good tunes when we went. It's free entry before a certain time so get there early perhaps and cloakroom is £2 per item (bags, coats etc.) The dance floor was smaller than I expected, but it had a good atmosphere so all in all an enjoyable night :) The drinks menu was extensive and 'gumball shots' were a favourite for all in our group!


This place is MASSIVE. Like literally shockingly big! Music varies from commercial/house/trance but I have always nejoyed myself here since the space is so big, you're not having to elbow people to shake a leg. Funnily enough, one of the times I went out with friends, their cocktails started of pretty weak (I actually drank one of theirs thinking it was my mocktail!) but as time went by they kept getting stronger with every round - with no part played by my mates buying either! By the end of the night, it was practically a 90% alcohol cocktail for them with colouring I would say but I guess they got their moneies worth in the end :D

Staff Writer

Decent night out when you are in the mood. Last time I went, I wasn't drinking so didn't get to enjoy it as much as usual but there are enough booths and hidden areas to accommodate everyone.

Tastemaker

Celebrated a fair few nights at foundation. The doormen can be on the picky side, asking everyone to be in a mixed group even if you're joining a large party inside. But the music and drinks make up for them, especially on a Saturday night. Once down and inside, it’s larger than you might expect, with multiple areas to explore. The cocktail list is pretty extensive and quality decent. You can reserve small and larger areas with a small fee, which is redeemable against a bar tab. Head over for a drink and a good old dance but be prepared to fight for a space on the dance floor, so don't wear your best shoes.

Staff Writer

It's easy to mis Foundation Bar as it's tucked away under comedy Mexican joint and tourist trap Pacifico on a Covent Garden side street. Once you've scouted out the location, though, it's well worth a visit. The happy hour is one of the most generous we've encountered in London, and there's often further drinks deals running throughout the week, too - watch out for competitions on their Twitter feed to bag some freebies. The cocktail menu is extensive and colourful - we were piqued by the prospect of a 'Downton Abbey' - which comes served in a port glass with cheese and biscuits on the side - and the 'Selfie' - which includes a mini Polaroid snap. 

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