As a young lady about town who is just a bit of a vintage enthusiast and a lindy hop dancer, a drinking hole that sates both my passion for vintage and dancing, well I couldn't grab my coat and head down quick enough!
Cahoots in Kingly Court is that new watering whole.
Hidden below the streets of Soho, Cahoots is the latest addition the Inception Group's arsenal and if you ask me, it's their best offering to date.
The outbreak of war meant that a number of disused underground stations were turned into air raid shelters and Londoners would transform the spaces into a 'home away from home', with their own nick-nacks and furnishings. There would often be a makeshift bar so people could drink, dance and generally boost morale during the Blitz.
This venue aims to bring the illicit and nocturnal escapades from the era and those shelters back to life.
Once you have found the venue (I got completely lost and had to call the venue and hysterically scream down the phone that I was lost and I needed assistance – yep I know, oh so cool) you will be transported back in time to post-war 1940s in a disused underground tube station.
There are a number of fabulous cocktails to be enjoyed (the list really is HUGE, more than 45! The Vera Lynne is my personal favourite), Blitz spirit themed snacks – SPAM sandwiches anyone?, and live music; Le Bistrotet (who are signed to the same label as the more notorious The Top Shelf Band) fronted by the dashing rogue Fred Snow, kept the crowd entertained with their naughty style of the inter-war French Manouche swing-jazz sound.
The attention to details when it comes to the décor is astounding. I dread to think how much they spent but it is certainly worth it. Stairs disguised as classic style wooden escalators lead you downstairs, a vintage train carriage, 1940s tube carriage seats, and of course a bit of bunting all make for a fab venue. Even those who aren't lovers of vintage would find it hard not to be impressed by this venue.
As a dancer, a somewhat large fan of vintage, and a lover of jazz, Cahoots doesn't get much better.