1. Escape to this much-loved Covent Garden bar: The Escapologist
Covent Garden, London
Tucked away on Covent Garden’s Earlham Street is The Escapologist.
Housed in one of the Victorian era’s most secretive of societies, the self-described “part modern-day Victorian member’s club, part Masonic lodge” is outfitted with just enough interiors to match that vibe. You’re welcomed by a mish-mash of colour-blocked walls, gaudy wallpaper, dramatic red lighting, mirrored ceilings and plush red velvet booths to sink into for any pre-and post-cocktail conversations.
Speaking of cocktails, The Escapologist are whipping up cocktails of all kinds: from specialist, tiki, gin and vodka to seasonal and non-alcoholic ones. Might we suggest the aptly-named Hot AF (tequila, triple Sec, jalapeno, pineapple, lime, tabasco) or the nostalgic Ab Fab (watermelon vodka, strawberry juice and watermelon).
Open 7 days a week, this Covent Garden bar is available for private hire for events hosting up to 220 guests.