Ditch a night out at the usual bar for one of London’s most eclectic bars that let you travel through time and around the world. The sounds of live entertainment, chatter and laughter will fill the air as you walk through the door of any of these bars that will transform your night.
The only durable fixture among the recent glut of alpine retreats – last winter it was joined by al fresco, chalet-styled pop-ups on the rooftops of Selfridges, Queen of Hoxton and Le Coq D’Argent – Bodo’s Schloss evokes all the après-ski fun of an Austrian ski chalet from the DJ booth set in a cable car to its Lederhosen-friendly door policy. www.bodosschloss.com
Among a number of bars adopting the milieu of a literary world – for Carrollian themes see the Looking Glass Cocktail Club and Callooh Callay – such is its success that this off-Bond Street jewel has just launched a sister Tavern in Covent Garden. Styled on the home of a certain Phileas Fogg, it’s filled with all manner of Victorian eclectica combed from his adventures during Eighty Days Around the World. www.mr-foggs.com
A performer hand balances infront of drinkers at Circus
The magic of the big top and London’s love of live entertainment informs Circus, where instead of red-nosed men in curly wigs you’ll be dazzled by elegant acrobatic and gymnastic acts. Of course one of the most successful club franchises in the world – Cirque Le Soir – was born in London, while across town Trapeze’s interiors are fully circus-inspired. www.circus-london.co.uk
It's been illegal to drink on the Tube in London for seven years, but now there's a new way to enjoy cocktails on your commute. © Cahoots
If you’re a fan of live music, swing by this 1940's tube-inspired bar to listen to some jazz, swing, lindyhop as well as rock’n’roll and electro-swing later on. Here, you can join in on piano sing-a-longs and watch in awe as the masters of discs spin their vintage records that will take you back to the good 'ol' days. www.cahoots-london.com