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Cellar Door

Aldwych, London


"Teeny tiny venue with a huge heart..."
All In London Review: 8 / 10



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Cellar Door
8/10 from 1 review
ADDRESS:Zero Aldwych
London
WC2E 7DN

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VENUE TYPE:Bars

REGION:Covent Garden

NEAREST STATION:Charing Cross



TELEPHONE: 0207 240 8848



ABOUT CELLAR DOOR:

Intimate bar beneath the Aldwych - imagine 1930s Berlin meets New York basement dive! The bar boasts the sexiest toilets in London!!


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Speak- easies
How do you know itís there? Easy, follow the arrow at street level that points downwards like bright neon love. The sultry basement presents seedy drag, burlesque and lounge acts that give you that feeling of being up to no good.

Burlesque
The staircase on the Strand doesnít look like much but when you head below ground, the world of CellarDoor is an intoxicating one. Styled like a Berlin cabaret bar by way of New York, youíll find live burlesque, drag and cabaret most nights of the week. Shows are mostly free and the Tuesday night open mic is particularly worth a visit.

West End Bars and Clubs
Blink and youíll miss the subterranean fun on offer at Cellar Door. Reachable via a staircase in Aldwych, this basement bar/club features cabaret, burlesque and live music nights that offer something a little different from the usual West End evening out.

Toilets with pazazz!
Cellar Door is another London venue that got its big break as a public toilet. However, it left that ugly stain on its resume behind years agoÖ didnít it? Or not. Having transformed itself into a dapper subterranean cabaret club in Aldwych it only went and put in some incredible toilets to remind us of where it all began. These ones are nifty. The clear glass door will scare a few would-be toilet breakers but once locked, the glass will soon frost over and leave you with a misty mask behind which to do your thang. Just donít forget to lock.




The All In London Review

"Teeny tiny venue with a huge heart..."

All In London Rating: 8 / 10
Added Fri 08 Aug 2008 - Reviewed by KimT


Having an address which is "Zero Aldwych" is cute enough, but this teeny tiny venue with a huge heart is in a former gent's loo just outside One Aldwych. As you walk down the stairs, it's like stepping back in time through a number of cliches - the decor is red, red, red and there is glass everywhere giving the dark cavern an illusion of space.

When I was there with a couple of mates there was no live jazz music - although the venue is famous for this. Maybe we just arrived too early...

Anyway. We sampled enough cocktails on the menu to know that they do cocktails good - for example, Mack the Knife was a modern twist on old favourite whisky mack. My colleagues tried out mojitos and daiquiries - some of them looking rather bright and some of the them tasting rather zingy. We had some nibbles too.

The staff - or fallen angels as they are called who they have little red and black wings on their back for ease of recognition - are super friendly and just attentive enough. There was an interesting mix of fellow guests - after work crowd mostly. Not the hard core jazzies I witnessed a few weeks ago in the 606 Club in Chelsea.

But the big attraction for me was the world's first text message jukebox. You have a list of an eclectic range of tracks - fashion, travels with my aunt and songs to die for - being some of the themes. You then text the 4 digit code of the track you want to hear to the number provided. And not only do you get a very polite acknowledgement but you also get a further text when your track is about to be played. With my pals the selection included The Clash, Roxy Music, David Bowie and Duran Duran. Yes, I know this was not very jazzy and a bit 80s but that's what it felt like in a happy kinda retro way.

And then, when I read their site (I rarely read the web site before a visit as I fear it may colour my views) I learn that the founder of the bar is a former lawyer from a law firm with whom I was once associated. I didn't know they made lawyers from real people these days...


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