Emyr Thomas of Bon Vivant chooses his five secret London spots

Posted at 3:15 pm, January 10, 2014 in Secret London, Top 5
Rosewood London

We’ve been to every speakeasy and supper club going, we’ve seen films on rooftops and bought food from car parks; what stone in London is left unturned? Hotels hide all sorts of secrets, be they themed bars or conversations nobody else is meant to hear, and Emyr Thomas of concierge service Bon Vivant knows some of the best places to soak up their glamour. Here are his five favourite secret London spots.

The Bar at Rosewood London (pictured above)
‘If I had to pick a favourite type of bar, it would almost certainly be a hotel bar. You can usually get a seat, and a comfortable one at that, there’s a good selection of cocktails and nice wines, you receive excellent service and you’ll be well looked after throughout. The latest addition to London’s luxury hotel bar scene is the bar at the Rosewood London on High Holborn. The bar feels welcoming, homely and very stylish with an open fire and bookshelves as walls. Take a seat on one of the wing-back chairs, on the seats in front of the fire or on the rocking chair and enjoy a great cocktail list while listening to a live music performance that creates an enchanting evening.’

Champagne room, Connaught hotel

The Champagne Room at The Connaught
‘Continuing with my love of a hotel bar, two of my favourites can be found at The Connaught in Mayfair. The warmth of the Coburg Bar and the glamour of The Connaught bar have been well documented, but delve further into the hotel and you may stumble upon the intimate Champagne Room. Not strictly a full bar, but a secret spot for a clandestine meeting with some seriously good champagne with a capacity of only 25.’

Morito © Rob Greig
© Rob Greig

Morito Tapas
‘Clerkenwell is one of my favourite areas of London and it has been my home for most of my time in the capital. I love its central location and how easy it is to reach both The City and the West End, but most of all I love that it has grown into one of London’s hottest restaurant and bar areas. One of my favourite places to eat in Clerkenwell is Morito, a small, casual tapas restaurant on Exmouth Market that offers the best tapas I have tried in London. Pick a seat at the counter and watch the chefs create a selection of authentic and inventive tapas dishes. The chorizo bocadillo and the fried chickpeas are worth the inevitable queue on weekends.’

The Emin Room at 34
‘An evening at 34 in Mayfair feels magical – from being greeted by a doorman to entering into a glamorous dining room that oozes an old-word charm, to the sight of a baby grand piano by the bar and the sounds of live jazz on weekends. It recently launched a gorgeous private dining space above the restaurant, The Emin Room, which features specially commissioned pieces from Tracey Emin, which will evolve over time.’

The Apartment at The Hoxton Hotel

The Hoxton Hotel Apartment
‘As a day job, I run a concierge service called Bon Vivant and we often receive requests for private dining and event spaces. Clients are usually looking for something unusual or just a little bit different, and The Apartment at the Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch offers just that. Designed as a stylish, functional apartment, the space is ideal for exclusive take-overs where you need a communal space and several break-out rooms, or book one of the rooms for a private party and use the lounge area for a drinks reception.’

For more from Emyr visit bonvivant.co.uk/blog or follow @bonvivantliving on Twitter.

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