Cue the post-dinner cocktail choice.
Since returning from a year in the Big Apple, I've been ever intrigued to explore London's speakeasy scene. 'But, when was the prohibition?' I hear you say. The real question is, 'Does London need to have had a prohibition for it to open hidden cocktail bars?' To this, I answer: The London Underground. Underground speakeasies should be there to attract those looking for something a little different than your usual midweek pint.
Cahoots, situated in Kingly Court, Soho, is just that bit of something a little different. It isn't too hard to find but is something to not rush into. You'll want to enjoy the attention to detail that has gone into the latest of the Inception Group's additions. The signage, greetings from the doorman and carriage attendants' costumes are all spot on. Just don't forget to say that you're there to 'see the captain'; my words stumbled me. It's to be kept off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush, you see.
Make your way down the wooden escalator stairs to the ticket hall and you'll soon find yourself amongst a reinvented tube station and carriage. The music will take you back a few decades. If you're lucky enough, you may get some live jazz and maybe even some swing dancing. Handed the Kingly Court Herald and a tin of popcorn, I began to read the daily headlines - little realising this was the menu full of creative concoctions and drinks that definitely made you think about what to order.
Each section plays a different take on a post-war time theme. Vegetables, the milk round, aristocrats and fat cats to name a few. Playing it safe we went for cocktails of choice. I'm a fan of egg white and opted for the Pear Today, Gone Tomorrow with my partner in crime going for something a little stronger, the Cahooch Manhattan, a 'homemade grog' mix of rum, bourbon, Cointreau Noir and vermouth. There's certainly a drink for all palettes, so you'll be sure to find something which suits your taste buds.
A trip to Cahoots couldn't go without having beetroot and an Oxo cube in a cocktail, something a little quirky you might just not find elsewhere. Whether you try the Swing for Victory or any other for that matter, one thing's for sure is that you won't be disappointed. If you're lucky enough, you may be handed a ticket or two on the door to make your way down the wooden stairs. But to be certain of a visit after dinner, make sure you reserve a spot in advance. Save it for a special occasion for a loved one or grab one of the booths in the carriage for a catch up with old friends.
For your post-war time popcorn and 5-a-day, your Cahoots needs you! Make sure it's on your radar if you're in the Soho area.
Cocktails for two at Cahoots, including service: £40.