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Vaulty Towers

Bars and pubs, Café bars Waterloo
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Gaudy fun pub spin-off from The Vaults arts company.

Part pub, part theatrical production, this Waterloo-based boozer is owned by the brains behind The Vaults (the arts company in the tunnels under Waterloo station) – and you can tell. The place is littered with humungous props that whisper of onstage antics: a gigantic replica moon sits among tables and a ginormous pair of glittery red lips smile brightly at drinkers. One of the tables is a treehouse accessed by a mini staircase, another is in a little grotto, strewn with camo nets. One of the bar stools is so deliberately, comically high that you can sit with your bum positioned a clear foot above the bar.

It’s lots of fun, right down to the drinks selection. Beer-wise, there aren’t many craft options beyond Lagunitas, but there’s espresso martini on tap (poured from a rope-entwined pump, glowing with fairy lights), draft negronis (from a tap shaped like a miniature barrel) and boozy lychee or Pimm’s slushies. Anyone who can’t decide what cocktail to have will find themselves offered a spin on a ‘Wheel of Fortune’-esque pointer that’s clearly been made out of cardboard for a laugh by the bar staff.

This place is obviously not the work of a slick, high-budget design team. It feels like a DIY project – notably in the cellar, with its chipped mirror ceiling and red velvet curtains. But the random collection of gaudy homemade signs and props is what makes it so charming. Anyway, there’s only one sign on display that matters. It’s the one that says: ‘Fun, fun, fun’.


Address: 34 Lower Marsh
Transport: Tube: Waterloo.
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Users say (7)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

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Read all the reviews (must be fake/paid for) and gave it a shot. We were made some pre-made minging cocktails that resulted in complaints about the taste and quality of our drinks that resulted in more complaints that resulted in staff being rude and telling us they wouldn't replace for a beer. Honestly, this place ***** sucks. 

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Fun little gem of a bar - surprise your friends by asking them to meet you there and sit in one of the individually themed booths for them to find you under or up a tree! Theatrical decorations lurk in every corner and a visit to the toilet is an adventure. Bar menu is not as exciting as the experience. Perfectly located for a show at The Vaults.

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Undeniably a super quirky, fun spot to pop into if you're in the area. I stumbled upon it searching for somewhere to grab a drink and bite to eat before a nearby show and it was ideal!

Full of little hiding holes to discover and spend a few hours - the food menu is equally varied and fun to choose from. We ordered tofu dumplings, miso aubergine and a tuna steak burger. All were demolished.

I can't speak for what the atmosphere is like later on in at night but I'll definitely be back to find out for myself! 

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I stumbled upon this bar and can't believe I haven't heard about it before. It looked cool from the outside but I wasn't prepared for what I found when we walked in, I felt as though I was stepping into the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, there was something to look at in every corner with unique places to sit, colourful lighting and props everywhere, even the toilets were cooky. It was wonderfully wacky in this bar and I loved it, I'll definitely be going back! 

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I was invited to see a small play in a place called the secret cellar (cool right!). Little did I know this was actually a secret cellar located in a bar in Waterloo London.

The Vaulty Towers bar is probably one of the coolest bars I’ve been to in London. The decor is Halloween, enchanted forest themed with lights everyone and just a fun vibe in general.

Now for the play.

At about 7:20, a man appeared and shouted: “the secret cellar will open in 10 minutes!”

10mins later he pushed away a giant bookcase exposing stairs to the secret cellar. Once in the cellar, I think you could fit maybe 30 people at a squeeze.

It was great, up close and personal with Paul zenon. His story focused on his love for magic and the people who inspired him.  The show was 1hour and only him but, the passion on a personal story he shared was beautiful.

Overall I loved the show and loved the venue.

Vaulty towers you have not seen the last of me.

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This place is brilliant - completely bonkers actually. Props and sets from previous shows at The Vaults adorn every surface possible. Great atmosphere any day of the week. Plus espresso martinis on tap. ON TAP. 

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This is by far my favourite bar in London to date. The atmosphere is creative, lively and unique as it is full of stage props from the Vaults theatre across the road. I felt as though I was walking into a wonderland, as giant hands engulfed me as I stepped through the bar's doors. Not only are the staff extremely friendly and helpful but this bar even allows reservations as they serve tacos, bar grub and more! If anyone is looking for a hang-out, birthday drink venue or a fantastic night out in London away from busy bars then Vaulty Towers is where you should go. The location is very handy, near Waterloo station and has multiple cheap food stalls and restaurants near by if you did want to have a bite else where beforehand. I will be very surprised if someone does not give Vaulty Towers 5 stars- well deserved. 

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