13 Kingly St, London W1B 5PG,
A few weeks ago I attended a launch party for the DVD release of ‘A Royal Night Out’, a British film telling the story of how our Queen Elizabeth, then a Princess, celebrated VE Day on the streets of London, running around Soho and partying in Trafalgar Square with the people of London (as pictured above). And I have to applaud the organisers of the event for picking possibly the most perfect location for this event – Cahoots!
Hidden away in Kingley Court in the area of Soho itself, is a little doorway that takes you to Cahoots. What was once a WW2 air raid shelter is now an underground bar with a 1940’s Transport for London theme. The bar has been made to look and feel like an old fashioned tube station, with tiled walls, a ticket area and tube signs everywhere. However, it’s the fantastic staff who are in full character at all times that really bring the 1940’s vibe to life; from the doorman whom you must give your reservation details to so that he can call down to the train driver to confirm (if you don’t have a booking you are issued with a ticket to board the tube) to the dapper waiters and stylish waitresses dressed head to toe in vintage outfits with beautifully rolled up hair. I felt like I had stepped foot in a time machine and been transported back to the year 1945.
Myself and the rest of the attendee’s got to join in with the theme by dressing up in a fabulous vintage dress (that we got to keep!) and I also got pampered by the gals from Blo Bar who gave me a 1940’s pin up hair style that I loved. Once I was dressed up, feeling like Rita Hayworth (but not sure I was looking like her) I took a walk around this dark yet quirky bar and absolutely fell in-love with it’s unique style. If you like that era, love antiques, enjoy a cocktail or two, not to mention live music, then you really should check this place out.
The cocktails are amazing, and served in some very unusual, erm, objects? From working clocks, milk bottles to old fashioned tins and even a female officers head (a nice stylish porcelain looking one though). On the night of the event the bar had made special cocktails based on the film, one called the Princess Elizabeth and the other Princess Margaret. But on any other given night there are so many to choose from (seriously looooooads, and be warned, they are all quite strong!) The cocktails are all priced around £8 each which is normal for the Soho area, in fact maybe a little cheaper than other bars in that area. BUt best of all, the menu is presented in the form of a Cahoots newspaper called The Kingley Court Herald, which I thought was such a lovely touch.
To get a REAL taste of just how quirly and fun this bar is, check out their amazing and super snazzy Launch video below: