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Unusual bars I want to visit this year

There are hundred of bars and clubs in London. Yet like many people, I often find myself just going back to a few regular spots I can probably count on a single hand.

So this year, I intend to broaden my horizons and explore some of the more unusual drinking establishments around. Here are some of the London bars I want to check out this year.

bounce bar in london near holborn

Bounce Ping Pong

Located in Holborn, Bounce combines table tennis with drinking, both of which I enjoy. They also serve food apparently, which is always a plus. From what I’ve heard and from looking it up, it seems like a nice venue.

It even has a table which was used for the 2012 Olympics, which is cool. Definitely need to have a game on this one. Only downside is it shuts pretty early for a bar (open to 1 am at the latest).

whirled cinema seats

Whirled Cinema

Not even sure this one really counts as a bar, but hey they serve drink. The basic principle is to buy your drink at the bar, sit down on the comfy sofas and enjoy the films on show – and you don’t have to pay per film, either.

Open since 2010, Whirled Cinema is hidden in railway arches in Loughborough Junction, not far from Brixton. Basically, it looks pretty cool and worth a try. You have to buy a weekly membership to join, which costs a tenner.

Not that I’d go more than once a week really, but I suppose that’s the same as a regular club entry fee.

the bar and a table at byoc london


A bar that doesn’t sell alcohol, and doesn’t have a drinks menu. Yeah, that’s right. At BYOC, you bring your own bottle and with the help of mixologists put together drinks which are suited to your favourite tastes.

Sounds good. BYOC have a couple of bars located in Camden and the West End. £25 quid on entry, although I’m not sure how much that includes. Looks intriguing though.



The Soho based venue is located in an old, abandoned raid shelter from the last war. And looks good. To get in, you have to buy a ticket to board the train. Cahoots serve a range of food and snacks, as well as lots of drinks. Some of the cocktails seem well priced.

Warning: Understandably, because the venue’s quite small you can only get in up to 8 people at a time.

Been to any of those places? Other recommendations? Leave your comments below.

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