One of the best kept secrets in London is an underground bar called Cahoots, located in Kingly Court, and home to the very squiffy picnic. You have to say the magic words to gain access to go “To the trains” and everything is reminiscent of the ‘blitz’ wartime era of the 1940s.
The squiffy picnic is a fabulous and very quirky afternoon tea and one of the most fun afternoons I have spent in London. It runs on Saturdays (seatings at 2:00pm and 2:15pm) and Sundays (seatings at 3:15pm and 3:30pm).
The decor inside Cahoots is amazing – it looks like an underground station complete with a section that looks like a carriage, one that looks like a platform and has used the same tiles and chairs as the tube, and the staff don perfectly themed uniforms.
Gin is the popular spirit here and we were spoilt with a “Starting Swig” which was a Sipsmith summer cup and wonderful. It was refreshing and served in a cute way.
The table had a vintage thermos and elderflower cordial along with very apt tableware. While we enjoyed our cocktail, we decided which hamper we wanted to go for. There are three choices – a Spivs and Scoundrels, Starlets & Sirens and aristocrats and fat cats. We went for the Spivs and Scoundrels as Amit wanted Ale.
A lovely waitress delivered some brown paper bags filled with sandwiches to the table. These were lovely and the fillings were popular ingredients used during the rationing times of the 1940s such as jam, smoked salmon, cucumber, horseradish and beef.
Once we finished our sandwiches, a picnic hamper arrived filled with lots of treats such as sausages, pork pies, fruits, cherry tomatoes, lavender shortbread served in a gorgeous vintage tin, slices of victoria sponge and a traditional British sweet selection.
Just when we thought we were having an amazing time and it couldn’t get any better, Cahoots managed to top it even more with a SECOND picnic hamper filled with Gin and Tonics and cute picnic mugs. My idea of absolute heaven and presented in the most adorable way.
We even had a plate of cheese, crackers and chutney to devour with the Gin & Tonic. They thought of everything!
The entire afternoon was so much fun and the squiffy picnic is such an amazing concept. It is a must do on a Saturday or Sunday and the food is delicious! There is a bar so if you want to have more cocktails afterwards you can. The food portions are generous in the picnic hampers as are the drinks.
To find out more about Cahoots and the Squiffy Picnic visit this fabulous website:http://cahoots-london.com
I received a complimentary squiffy picnic but all views are my own.