Tales of a City Girl

Need a new bar for the summer? Try the Victorian Bath House

What is the best way to serve champagne? Chilled, from the fridge? Pfft, good answer, but kind of amateur level. Try this for size –from a backlit, ice-filled bath, served by a well-dressed waiter. Now we’re talking.

A Champagne bath is just one of the assets at the new Victorian Bath House, a gloriously decadent and sublimely detail-orientated cocktail bar just a stone’s throw, or short horse and carriage ride if we want to go full hog Victorian gentry, from Liverpool Street station.

The bar itself is hidden beneath the streets, housed in a magnificent Turkish style building. What greeted us beneath was even more sumptuous. Think plush armchairs, walls lined with ornate glass bottles filled with intriguing spirits (burnt toffee scotch, anyone?), velvet curtains and tiled walls. Everything here complements everything else.

The beauty of a cocktail bar is one thing, but a good drinks menu is the glue, and we were not disappointed. Handed a pamplemousse punch on arrival, this started our journey of discovery through an inspired and beautiful cocktail list. This isn’t a place for Pornstar Martinis, or Woo-Woos. Their house-infusions include rhubarb vodka, pear and sage gin, and apple pie brandy.  A true treat for the taste buds, and one which any discerning Victorian gentleman or lady would like to get their chops around.

If you’re all about quaffing cocktails and champagne in a venue with a twist, then this bar is tailor-made for you.

  •  Victorian Bath House, Liverpool Street. Cocktails start from £8.50. Must book ahead.
  • Image attribution – Victorian Bath House website