As I have mentioned before on many occasions, I love a good themed bar or restaurant, a great atmosphere and extraordinary attention to detail can turn an evening out into an unforgettable one, the type of evening that has you recommending the place to all your friends. So when the Inception group invited me to join them for a Squiffy Picnic at Cahoots in Kingly Court (one of their many ventures across London) I was very intrigued.
The Cahoots tagline is ‘High spirits, scoundrels and swing’, which I would say is correct. Situated in Kingly Court Carnaby Street, Cahoots is a late night bar that transports guests back to post war 1940s and to an abandoned underground tube station. As well as a late night bar, every Saturday afternoon they also offer an alternative afternoon tea by the name of ‘Squiffy Picnic’, think more gin cocktails than Earl Gray but tea dresses and victory curls are still very much welcome. After walking past the entrance a few times, we finally spotted the secret underground station entrance and waited to be called in by member off staff with a spiffing old english accent, who never once strayed from character during our chat, from there we were taken into the underground and shown to our table.
The attention to detail and overall theme of Cahoots is quite simply fantastic; tables set in vintage train carriages, draped bunting, tube maps and mismatched furniture all come together to set the perfect place for a jolly good knees up. Female staff dressed in perfect vintage tea dresses and the men smart in their waistcoats all were additions to help the transportation back in time. I was very impressed.
During our visit we were treated to gin based cocktails, with the option to purchase more, as well as a hamper of classic english picnic goods. I was particularly happy with the vegetarian option; which even came with my veggie ‘pork’ pie, usually I find with a lot of vegetarian options I feel I am missing out but at the squiffy picnic I think I had an alternative meat-free for everything in the normal hamper! The food itself was delicious and extremely filling, but it is basic and very much something you could make at home, however I do believe the Squiffy Picnic is more for the overall experience and the food is just an addition to that.
I had a squiffing afternoon at Cahoots London; it was a fun original alternative to the more traditional afternoon tea, I think it would also be a great place to head for drinks on a night out, on a an occasion such as a birthday or hen party.
To find out more and book then visit the Cahoots website.
The Squiffy picnic is available every Saturday after and pre-booking is essential.
Cost: £45 per person including two cocktails or £66 for bottomless cocktail rations.
Blogger transparency: I was invited a guest to Cahoots, but as always all opinions and my love of food is all my own!