The Downsiders

Take a look below street level in Fitzrovia and you’ll be amazed what you will find. The district’s basements are home to some of the capital’s very coolest drinking holes.

Fitzrovia Cocktail Venues

The London Cocktail Club
61 Goodge Street, W1T 1TL
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Reverend J.W. Simpson
32 Goodge Street, W1T 2QJ
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Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar
28 Rathbone Place, W1T 1JF
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The London Cocktail Club

With its swallow-themed wallpaper, this bar has a kitsch punk vibe. Take note of top graffi ti artist Aztek’s Jack the Ripper and his Dirty Wench on the way below. The lights are low but the brightly lit backbar is a stage set for spirits, including their famously broad gin collection.

What to expect:
A bar that parties like the best and mixes the world’s greatest drinks to perfection. Where you can dance on the tables singing AC/DC while sipping on the perfect dry Martini.

Must try:
Their famously delicious Clover Club cocktail. The secret weapon to this little baby is their home-made raspberry cordial. To die for.

Great for:
Anything and everything. Whether you‘re on a date, by yourself or out partying with your mates, you are sure to have a night to remember.

61 Goodge Street

 

Reverend J.W. Simpson

This cosy bar is unique. When the traces of a basement apartment were uncovered during building work, its previous occupant was identifi ed as the eponymous clergyman who lived here until 1986. The original room dividers, wall coverings, fl ooring and tiles were retained and the former living arrangements subtly exposed, as a tribute from the Reverend’s self-proclaimed disciples who still raise the occasional glass to their namesake.

What to expect:
Imaginative and varied cocktails prepared with care and love. A penchant for seasonal, often foraged, sometimes obscure ingredients. Spirits that have almost been forgotten or fallen out of favour, such as mead, sherry and horchata.

Must try:
Smoked Heather Dram. Scottish heather (hand-picked by Jamie’s mum), flamed with Laphroaig Quarter Cask, orange cognac liqueur and sweet vermouth then soothed and topped off with apple juice. Served warm in a comforting brandy glass.

Great for:
Dates; intimate nooks and crannies are many. Or catching up with a group of friends, for a good chat and great cocktails.

32 Goodge Street

 

Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar

This intimate cocktail bar with playful, stylish decor features a special menu of inventive drinks.

What to expect:
A boozy basement with friendly staff, an unpretentious vibe and some impromptu dancing as the night progresses.

Must try:
Rapunzel, a tart cross between a Mojito and a Moscow Mule; Back In Black, a perky Polish vodka Espresso Martini pimped up with spiced syrup; and Love & Hate, a bittersweet stir of bourbon, port and artichoke.

Great for:
Catch-ups, couples, date nights, post work drinks, and groups.

28 Rathbone Place

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