Hidden Gems in London

Wanna hear a secret? So do we, which is why we've picked our brains to come up with a list of undiscovered restaurants, secret bars, and quirky unknown London spots that will take you a little off the beaten track. Whether you're after a date night with a difference or simply want to escape the crowds, we're filling you in with our list of hidden gems in London - now just keep it on the dl, ok?

Last updated on 30th November 2021




Callooh Callay

896 user reviews 4

When a lot of venues claim to offer the best cocktails around, they are of course bending the truth slightly. But when Callooh Callay say it, they really mean it; and they've got a long list of awards to back up this claim. Hidden on a cobbled East London side street in Shoreditch, this is a hidden gem you'll want to find, sharpish!

The Luggage Room

40 user reviews 4

This little cracker, perched on the corner of Grosvenor Square, evokes the spirit of the roaring twenties with its chilled speakeasy vibes. Formerly a luggage room (the clue's in the title), this secret London bar goes beyond hotel watering hole with date night vibes and incredible mixology.

This secret London bar is little known to those who haven't ventured deep into the London Edition hotel. Somewhere in the back you'll discover a brooding bar inspired by 19th Century London with oak panelled walls, dark surfaces and rich textured furnishings echoing the style of a gentleman's library. Specialising in punch bowl cocktails, time will come to a relaxing stand-still here. 

Disrepute

135 user reviews 5

Beautiful cocktails, a very interesting history, and poetry in their menus: Disrepute is the definition of a hidden gem bar in London. Head here for all that plus a glamorous interior and sophisticated company.

The Narrow Boat

857 user reviews 4

Tucked away from the main bustle of Islington is The Narrow Boat; the only pub directly located on the Regent's Canal in the neighbourhood. Take a relaxed stroll along the water and pause to check out this complete gem, with its exciting range of boozy options, seasonal and fresh British food and a balcony space that overlooks the canal.

Beast of Brixton

394 user reviews 5

The Beast of Brixton might not be the most well-known hangout in town, but it's certainly up there with one of our favourite secret hideaways. Stumble upon this unassuming haunt somewhere on Acre Lane and make your way inside for cocktails, regularly rotating street food and great local brews. Return on Sunday if you fancy delving into one of their banging roast lunches.

Unwined In Tooting

287 user reviews 5

Tooting Market has been around since the 1930s, and they're harbouring a secret, one of the best wine bars in London. Head on down south and join Unwined In Tooting for some of the finest bottles of wine and a revolving series of pop-up residencies, which change every 6 weeks.

Megaro Bar

87 user reviews 4

Megaro is a basement bar in Kings Cross that's created a reputation for itself thanks to its stunning cocktail menu and quirky decor. The venue's expert mixologists have really let their creative side shine, curating a menu of signature creations and spirit infusions. Gulp down a few Borsh Marys or enjoy a tequila and sweet tea infused Lost Steps cocktail.

Opium

1943 user reviews 4

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Located behind a fairly non-descript door in the heart of Leicester Square, Opium is a hidden gem in every sense of the phrase. Once you're finished punching the air at having found it, you'll immediately reap your rewards by discovering three floors of amazing Asian cocktails and equally compelling food with a contemporary twist.

Bar Elba

2352 user reviews 4

Sitting on the rooftop of quirky bar Tonight Josephine, Bar Elba is a tropical island paradise (named after the Mediterranean island of the same name) complete with sunny colours, block lettering and a summer cocktail menu with over twenty different mixed drinks.

Found

42 user reviews 5

Found may only offer a selection of 12 cocktails, but their mantra of quality over quantity is something that really rings true. Join this hidden basement bar in London for a drinking experience that promises speakeasy vibes and killer drinks combined. 

Tucked away along Wapping's Green Bank, The Turks Head is a brilliant traditional pub touting a gorgeous outdoor terrace. THis hidden gem also serves a range of brunch fare, as well as exquisite French-inspired bites that's sure to go down a storm.