Shrouded in mystery and 1940s glamour, a new stop on the London Underground has quietly opened up. It’s not somewhere that will get your from A to B, but rather provides a place to spend those “tube minutes” (commuters will know the ones I mean – they say ‘next train in 3 minutes’ but actually take 12 hours to arrive – well, that’s how it can feel when you’re running late).
We booked our table at Cahoots with the idea of having a transport dork date night with my Mr Kiwi, and it didn’t disappoint. With pages of delicious sounding cocktails (it took me an age and a shared tin of popcorn to select the brilliantly named Ducky Shincracker) there seems to be something for literally everyone one – including a few Land Girl themed drinks featuring peas and carrots.
Big band music softly plays in the background of the intimate but not overcrowded bar (they don’t have many walk-ins to keep the atmosphere just perfect and there are definitely no armpit in face commuter moments – check out a few tips for Tube Ninja skills here), the staff are beautifully dressed in 1940s attire and we wanted to take photos of everything. Everything. The genuine old-fashioned tube upholstery, the sandbags, the perfect coiffed victory rolls, the Bakerloo Line signs, our delicious cocktails (though to be honest the photos just got blurried the more we ‘tested’) and the incredible glassware on our table.
Located in a secret location underneath Kingsley Court, Carnaby Street, in what was a genuine air raid shelter beneath the heart of London’s West End, the immersive watering hole is cute without being twee – and perfect for Transport dorks. All of the lovely staff were completely in character, and were so sweet – apparently they have back stories if you ask them how they came to be a waitress in a cocktail bar. (Oops, sorry, wrong music period.)
We didn’t try their wartime ration menu as we had dinner plans afterwards, but they smelt amazing. (Next time it’ll might even have to be a gourmet dinner on the Tube Train again if it’s still operating – #blogfail). We were pleasantly surprised by the prices considering the location: cocktails range from £8-13 and pints are around £4.50-5.
Would I go again to this secret speakeasy? In a heartbeat – in fact we’re already planning to round up a few friends and family and find our way back there… just make sure you book ahead via their website to guarantee a table.
(Ps. don’t some things just look funkier in monochrome?)
**Disclaimer: It it definitely cool and quirky enough for non-dorks I promise!**