Secret London: Unusual Bars and Restaurants

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Jonglez Editions, Jan 8, 2019 - Reference - 224 pages
Discover a secret club frozen in time since 1946, press the champagne button to summon the bubbly trolley to your booth, read the infamous list of house rules of a members' club hidden behind a door with no sign outside, join a louche club in the original dressing and rehearsal rooms of a theatre, sweet-talk your way into a secret bar frequented by the Pogues and John Lydon, find a guide who'll squeeze you into an intriguing slice of Soho history that's only accessible from a door behind the bar, meet the members of the glorious Handlebar Moustache Club at their pub, go for serious food at knock-down prices in cookery schools, travel back to the heyday of the USSR in a hidden Polish gem of a restaurant, seek out a bar in a converted subterranean public convenience built for the 1908 Olympic Games, eat curry for free in a Sikh temple, frighten yourself in a haunted bar that contains an ancient stone marking the dead centre of the City, go to the oldest surviving Grand Music Hall in the world, have lunch in secret gardens ... 100+ places with amazing decor, eccentric owners, bizarre food, old-time survivors and more that will please and astonish underground and post-industrial fans, refined gourmets and cocktail drinkers, world food lovers and anyone curious enough to discover the infinite possibilities to have fun in London. An absolute must-have to finally enjoy the amazing hidden London bar/restaurant/pub/club scene.

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About the author (2019)

Rachel Howard is a journalist and author who has lived in almost every borough in London. A regular contributor to Conde Nast Traveller, The Guardian, and The Telegraph, Rachel writes mainly about travel, food, and the arts. As well as Secret London, An Unusual Guide (also published by Jonglez Publishing), she is the co-author of Mykonos Muse, an insiders' guide to the wildest Greek island, published by Assouline. Hannah Robinson is a Scottish-born screenwriter, director and author who splits her time between London and Edinburgh. She has made a raft of prize-winning short films and animations, holds two Hollywood feature screenwriting awards and is a script consultant for Sir Lenny Henry. She has worked as a food journalist for The Scotsman and The List magazine, and is the author of Secret Edinburgh, an Unusual Guide for Jonglez - the best-selling guidebook to the city. Hannah is the creative force behind the cultural tourism web project, "The Story of Edinburgh in 101 Objects". She has recently set up Palindromicals, a creative production company, and is currently making a podcast series about laughter.

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