A few doors down from Bobo Social and opposite the entrance to the BT Tower was a student bar. Full in the week and desolate on the weekends. Hardly the most charming bar in Central London. When it shut down nobody shed a tear.
Intrigue followed soon. What would come next? Surely it wouldn’t sit vacant forever? When Simmons – the cocktail bar chain – announced that they were going to be opening a new bar there, there was a bit of excitement. It was almost like the student growing up…
When we visited it was remarkably similar but with a standard Simmons’ touch. Classic cocktails with fun names, craft beers served in a small bar with a quirky, shabby-chic style.
We stayed upstairs. Downstairs is a larger bar with a (soon to be light up) dancefloor and a DJ booth. Music from here plays upstairs as well. It’s old school and fun.
Aside from the happy hour, is it worth a visit? Yes. Staff are fun, friendly and know what they’re doing. When we ordered a round of espresso martinis, the barman asked if we minded whilst we waited for him to make a few espressos to use. Not a coffee liqueur, as many bars do.
It’s not just cocktails that feature here; there is an excellent, but small, list of beers. Cocktails definitely are the focus here . In fact, if you look online you can’t even see the beers listed.
After stopping in for a few drinks, we cannot wait to spend some more serious time at Simmons latest opening. It’s just probably not the place where we’d stay for drinks all night though.