I am a bit of a WW2 geek. I will go and see anything related to WW2 – from museums to memorials to movies. When I heard that a new cocktail bar was opening in London that was based on the famous Bletchley Park I was online immediately securing a booking! And I am delighted to say that The Bletchley London did not disappoint!
The Bletchley London is all about full immersion into WW2. This begins on their website where you must crack a code to even make a booking. You are then sent an essential communique to confirm your booking. The entire concept is based on codes and cracking codes – as per Bletchley Park. You then have to crack codes once you arrive to order your drinks.
The Look and Feel
Walking into the bar is like heading back in time! This is added to when you are given a WW2 style jacket to wear on arrival. The team behind The Bletchley have done a fantastic job creating a bunker/code cracking room style theme with blackboards and equations and engima machine mock ups for code cracking.
All of the staff are immersed in the experience from the concierge to the bartenders. They use WW2 style language and are always in character speaking as if the war is ongoing upstairs.
You receive a two hour booking at The Bletchley. On arrival in addition to your jacket you are given menus with clues and 3 “codes” to crack. The keys to cracking the codes are in some of the diagrams on the walls or by using the enigma machines. I don’t want to give too much away as it is so much part of the fun – that and these guys are serious and could track me down!
The cocktails were delicious! One of the ways to crack one code is by sniffing test tubes which leads to your drinks. The outcome of the code cracking leads to certain cocktails but you can choose your own if you prefer.
Location and Details
The Bletchley London is in Chelsea and is tucked away behind a pub in the Worlds End area. There is one door and you head down a set of stairs to arrive at the bunker style bar. It is 30 pounds per person paid when you book and this covers the entire experience and three cocktails.
Is it worth it?
Absolutely! This is a great fun london only experience. It would be a brilliant place to take visitors and fantastic for corporate events. It would also be a great place for a date as it combines alcohol and an experience – however it could prove embarassing if there are issues with code cracking!
Are you also a WW2 Geek?
If so whilst in London I would highly recommend a day trip to Bletchley Park. It is about an hour or so on the train from Euston station. Definitely do the tour. And don’t miss the Churchill War Rooms – my number one favourite London tourism experience! These are the rooms from where Churchill ran the war and they have been kept completely intact.
And last but not least see if you can attend a Blitz Party. These fantastic events are held every couple of months and will have you travelling back in time with cocktails and dancing. Everyone dresses up and if your female pop into the hair dressers and get some victory rolls to really get in the mood!
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