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GOAT

The speakeasy on our list offers Italian pub grub in three separate spaces gentrified with handsome hunter green paneled walls and dark navy button back banquettes. The monotony of the Victorian interiors are balanced out with statement modern furnishing. The most intriguing find is their hidden ‘Chelsea Prayer Room’ that’s protected by daily changing passwords. On arrival at the reception, guests who’ve made prior reservation are escorted to this room. Goat also hosts the Old Fashioned Cocktail Club on Thursdays, a workshop for guests who want to master cocktails from different eras. goatchelsea.com

THE CANONBURY TAVERN

The Canonbury Tavern dates back to the 1700s, and has since been demolished and rebuilt, has caught fire that took away the top floor and never replaced. It still has a stairway leading nowhere. Recently, interior firm Harrison Design has revamped it, adding traditional pub benches, chessboard tables, and rattan boxes, although, the mainstay is the unusually large garden, where George Orwell wrote a part of the novel, ‘1984’. thecanonbury.co.uk

THE HARCOURT

Set within London’s affluent Marylebone Village, The Harcourt is a new laid-back pub in a grade-two listed London building. Designed by the famous Samantha Palmer, it has on offer, the Oak Room and the Whiskey Room among five decadent social spaces, all styled to evoke a colonial charm. Its kitchen embraces Nordic influences, while a handcrafted cocktail list offers gin’s Nordic cousin akvavit, and Swedish single malt whiskeys. theharcourt.com

THE ESCAPOLOGIST

The Escapologist is a cocktail bar themed on the headquarters of the secret society that ran Victorian London. Designed part ‘Victorian men’s club’ and part `Masonic lodge’, this modern day pub is located in the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden. escapologistbarco.uk

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