Secret London: Hoxton
Secret London: Waterloo
Behind an inconspicuous bookcase next to Benugo’s lounge area you’ll find a secret entrance to their recently opened cocktail bar, The Drawing Room. The bar is filled with precious handpicked curiosities, while subtle 1920s-1950s jazz tunes complement the atmosphere.
Secret London: Whitechapel
A genuine east London legend, Atlantis was selling art materials well before the area's gallery explosion and hordes of hipster hangers-on. Whatever your expressive medium of choice, you 'll find it here, and it's worth a trip in itself. Helpful staff are on hand to advise.
A vintage-lover's destination for its wide selection of trend-conscious clobber at genuinely afordable prices, the East End Thrift store ain't that pretty, but the stuff they sell is. If you really can't bear to rummage, the first floor displays pricier (and sometimes designer) items in a more civilised manner.
London's last surviving example of the giant popular entertainment palaces of the nineteenth century, Wilton's Music Hall is a proper East End charmer, with regular music, theatre, comedy and film in the battered but beautiful main hall, and fun live music on the equally battered piano in the Mahogany Bar.
Lady Chastity's Reserve, Hackney
This marvellously silly immersive team puzzle (a sort of cross between an escape game and the 'Mumsy' challenge in 'The Crystal Maze') has already spooked and amused many a team at its original venue in Battersea, but will now be challenging the people of Hackney from a dark corner of the People's Park Tavern. It's from the Handmade Mysteries team that does this kind of thing at venues across London. They know what they're doing. Expect plenty of surreal slants to challenges that can be pretty, well, challenging, and don't be surprised to be surprised either - we're told the immersive elements can be pretty interesting. They promise to let you out - or help you out - if you get really stuck but still, it might be best to bring some brains and leave your dumbass friends out of it.
Venue says: “Venture through an hour of hilarious clue-solving as you and your team attempt to win Chastity's fabled aphrodisiac wine.”