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Vaulty Towers

Vaulty Towers

Run by the creative minds behind The Vaults, Vaulty Towers is a bar that perfectly captures the whimsical essence of the experimental art space beneath. It's packed with curios like an exaggeratedly tall bar stool, or a table disguised as a secret tree house. Whimsy runs through the drink menu, too: negronis are served on tap, and there is a genuine creative touch to everything they do, down to a makeshift spinning wheel to determine your pick of drink if you're so inclined.
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Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town

Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town

Sure, the concept of "insider-only" speakeasy is far from new, but we think this little place is worth seeking out. It's not just the satisfaction of being somewhere secret – Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town takes itself with a refreshingly healthy dose of irony, which shines through its "rules of engagement" (as point 2 reads, "The town is Scaredy Cat Town, not Cool Cats Town, the Mayor demands the highest standards of self deprecation"), all the while serving a great selection of inventive cocktails and finger foods; there's also a weekend brunch at 39£ a piece. To get here, enter through The Breakfast Club (Spitalfields) and head straight for the Smeg fridge. Don't even think of leaving the same way you came in lest you blow their cover: there is a separate exit through the toilet.
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The Top Secret Comedy Club

The Top Secret Comedy Club

In keeping with its name, the Top Secret Comedy Club is perhaps London's best kept secret when it comes to comical entertainment. But watch out – it's unlikely to stay this way for long! Dishing out the jests, the quips and the witticisms every night of the week are a range of both well-established and up-and-coming comedians. At prices accessible beyond belief, you can find yourself spending the evening (and only a pound or two) at one of the city's most interesting comedy venues.
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The King's Head Theatre Pub

The King's Head Theatre Pub

A cheaper and more authentic alternative to the glamour of London's West End can be found hidden away upstairs or downstairs in many pubs across the capital. The King's Head in Islington was the first theatre pub to open since Shakespearean times. And if you're willing to leave the city centre for an evening, The King's Head offers theatre, musicals and stand-up comedy. This is where a handful of world-renowned actors started off before being propelled to fame and where many a successful West End production was born. Make sure to have a look at the shows on their website and see if anything catches your eye before booking tickets.
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Icebar London

Icebar London

Carved out of crystal-clear ice from the Torne River in Sweden and maintained at a constant minus-five degrees all year round, Icebar London is literally the coolest bar in town. Everything in the bar is made from ice, including the walls, tables, chairs and even the glasses that the cocktails are served in. And every autumn the bar is sculpted differently, according to a new theme every time. The best part is that you can now also sample dished by Yuu Kitchen (east London's sensational Asian restaurant headed by chef Jon de Villa known from Nobu London) right here at the bar.
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