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London Cocktail Club

  • Bars and pubs
  • Clapham
  • price 2 of 4
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  1. Photograph: London Cocktail Club / Graham Turner
    Photograph: London Cocktail Club / Graham Turner
  2. Photograph: London Cocktail Club / Graham Turner
    Photograph: London Cocktail Club / Graham Turner
  3. Photograph: London Cocktail Club / Graham Turner
    Photograph: London Cocktail Club / Graham Turner
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A Clapham branch of LCC, this time with a cinematic theme.

There are already nine iterations of mixologist JJ Goodman’s basement-bar juggernaut in the capital. But the newest London Cocktail Club – squeezed between a Five Guys and a Boots on Clapham High Street, like The Leaky Cauldron by way of ‘Towie’ – has a USP. A life-size Oscar maquette by the door and a continuous loop of retro Paramount and MGM titles projected above the stairs point (quite aggressively) to a movie theme.

Downstairs, the bar is split into three sections: one for ‘Titanic’, one for ‘Star Wars’ and one for ‘Pulp Fiction’. The last is done up like a diner with fake windows on to LA, while the ’Star Wars’ bit is Death Star-panelled. It falls just on the right side of gimmicky. There’s even a two-for-one ‘Orange Wednesdays’ promotion.

Table service is friendly and the menu is extensive. My Tommy’s Chilli Margarita was spicy, salty and garlicky – in a good way, I swear. My mate stuck to the theme with a Tom Cruise-saluting ‘Choctails & Dreams’, an indulgent concoction in a mug, topped with whipped cream and a Cadbury Flake. Yet, strangely, the sweetest part was the lavs, somehow the best-smelling loos I’ve ever set foot in – seriously, it’s like they’re plumbed with cherry Haribo. ‘I could spend all night in there,’ said my friend. Just don’t mistake the hand soap for pick ’n’ mix.

Written by
Bobby Palmer

Details

Address:
182-184
Clapham High Street
London
SW4 7UG
Contact:
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Transport:
Tube: Clapham Common.
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