London is a wonderful city and by heading off the beaten track you will unearth historic side streets and quirky corners that will help you to create your own London story. For a weird and wonderful experience of London, try picking a weird and wonderful bar to visit, read on for our top 3 quirky bars in London that you simply must visit…
This is one of our favourite bars in London as it is so different. It is particularly welcome in the summer when it can get hot and stuffy in London, this realm of ice is utterly refreshing. The bar is in Mayfair just a stone’s throw from Regents Street, so why not combine a visit with a little shopping, and then cool down among the crystal-clear ice which is harvested especially from the frozen Torne River in Jukkasjärvi, Northern Sweden.
As for the décor, well, the name gives it away a little, the entire place is made of ice – the walls, the bar, the amazing sculptures and even the glasses themselves! It’s a pretty chilly -5 degrees inside all year round, though they provide designer capes and gloves so you can wrap up. If you need to thaw out a little head to the lovely warm cocktail bar and restaurant, the food is delicious. For a unique activity while you enjoy your cocktail, try your hand at creating your own ice sculpture masterpiece with an ice carving session!
This bar is unique and special, take your loved one, this bar offers the ultimate excuse to cosy up with temperatures of -5’C and those snug capes, or take your mates and get sloshed under an ice statue.
2. Little Nan’s Rio Bar
This one certainly lives up to the quirky; delightfully kooky and at times downright bizarre, it’s unique and great fun for a night out. The décor is kitsch and zany, you’ll be totally absorbed looking at the walls and spotting random knick-knacks in random places! Just don’t get too distracted that you don’t enjoy a fabulously-named teapot cocktail, unlimited cinema-style pic’n’mix and popcorn, or a meal that sounds just like something that your Nan would serve!
There are four Little Nan’s across London, the Rio bar is in Dalston and there’s a 90’s pop-up running in the summer months at The Rio Cinema there.
3. Drink, Shop & Do
Another fabulously quirky venue, Drink, Shop & Do is gorgeous inside, you’ll be in Instagram heaven! Come in daylight hours and enjoy some food (the bottomless brunch is legendary) and a great tea and coffee menu but by night the place comes alive; the DJ gets the dance floor packed and the atmosphere is light and fun.
This place comes with some pretty cool extras too; regular craft events, create with Lego, play board games or take a dance class and learn to twerk or how about all the moves to Beyonce’s Crazy in Love! The shop part of their name is rather fabulous too; everything here is for sale, so no need to have interiors envy, just buy what you like and take it home with you!
Located in Kings Cross in a former Victorian bathhouse; the venue suits its current inhabitants perfectly.
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