There Is A Secret Underground Bar In London That Contains An Entire Tube Carriage

Going underground.

1. Did you know there’s a secret train station in Kingly Court, Soho?

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Lynzy Billing/ BuzzFeed

 

Beware, all is not what it seems.

2. First, look out for the sign.

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3. Then go down the stairs to the ticket hall.

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Lynzy Billing/ BuzzFeed

 

4. And you’re in Cahoots.

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5. Cahoots is a 1940s-underground-themed cocktail bar.

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6. The bar is inspired by the idea of an imagined tube station used as an air raid shelter finding new life in post-Blitz London.

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7. The bar is pretty committed to the theme. As you can tell from the entire tube carriage they’ve built.

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8. The designers took great pains to make sure all the details were accurate.

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They spent time at the London Transport Museum, Jamie Wilson of design agency Cheeky Tiki tells BuzzFeed Life, and “all the fabrics in the train section are real London Underground fabrics, and we copied the leather details from the period”. Wilson goes on: “We transformed the entrance staircase to look like the old wooden escalators that used to be in stations.”

9. And they scoured the country to track down 1940s-era train signs and decorations.

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“We found a guy who was an enthusiast and collector on the Isle of Man who we bought quite a lot of the train signs off,” Wilson says. “And a lot of the smaller pieces of decoration are from the 1940s – we spent time at antiques markets and around vintage shops sourcing pieces.”

10. As for the drinks? Well, they’re splendid.

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Lynzy Billing/ BuzzFeed

 

11. And they’re pretty strong too.

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On the left is Give Peas a Chance (£10). Made from Grey Goose Original vodka, garden peas, lime juice, basil, agave syrup, and a Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV champagne foam, it’s a smart sharp take on a gimlet.

On the right is Swing for Victory (£8). Made from Russian Standard Original vodka, lemon juice, beetroot, rose liqueur, egg white, and an OXO cube, it’s earthy and particularly strong – a sipper, not a gulper.

12. There are plenty of surprises to keep you on your toes too.

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Like a secret bomb-shelter cubby-hole, a clock that you can drink out of, and something very unusual in the bathroom cabinet of the men’s bathroom.

13. Why not take a look around?

Cahoots opens on 5 March. Sign up here for further information. Follow on Twitter @CahootsLondon

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Ailbhe Malone is the UK lifestyle editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
Lynzy Billing is the UK assistant picture editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.'
 
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