Wun’s Tea Room and Bar
From the team behind London Chinese restaurant favourite Bun House, Wun’s Tea Room and Bar is a late-night watering hole that pays homage to Sixties Hong Kong. The modest upstairs space serves Cantonese small plates and there’s always a crowd outside. But it’s the hidden speakeasy bar below with its velvet booths, bamboo stools topped with dark leather cushions and neon Chinese characters that draws in a cool crowd. Newspaper-style drink menus offer the classics as well as cocktails and beers with a flavour of the East – the fruit-forward sugar cane and winter melon with Kavalan Port Cask Taiwanese whisky was our favourite. Pencil in your choice of food on the paper checklist menu for plates of clay-pot rice, grilled skewers of chicken thigh and lamb belly and iberican char siu pork with a sweet honey and sugar coating. Sophie Knight
Address: Wun’s Tea Room and Bar, 23 Greek Street, London W1D 4DZ
This underground bar can be found in Carnaby Street’s Kingly Court. Descend the dimly lit staircase to find gold-trimmed interiors, quirky wallpaper and velvet-draped chairs. Instead of listing ingredients, the menu describes each drink with a carefully thought-out tale. Stories detailing personalities of unnamed characters aptly depict individual drinks, from classic sparkling cocktails disguised as effervescent, scandal-loving socialites to inventions imagined as enigmatic figures lingering in dark corners. If the mystery is a bit much, ask for the simplified menu to pick your poison.
Address: Disrepute, 4 Kingly Court, Soho, London W1F 9RR