Evans & Peel Detective Agency is London’s Secret Speakeasy
Last weekend, Stylus chanced upon an ingenious new cocktail bar hidden away below the streets of Earls Court in south-west London. Embracing the speakeasy aesthetic that’s seen a considerable upsurge over the past 12 months, the imaginative undercover concept remains surreptitious all the way by going under the name of the Evans & Peel Detective Agency.
From the outside passers-by could be forgiven for walking straight past the ordinary-looking building, where one dimmed light in the window is the only sign of life. For the more eagle-eyed (or maybe just suspicious) observers, a door panel reveals a phone number for the agency, via which it’s possible to ‘make an appointment with a detective’. On arrival, the detective greets guests in a small antechamber-like 1920s-themed basement office before allowing entry into the club.
Once briefed, guests are led through a secret bookcase, revealing a suitably prohibition style bar. Key features designed to summon up the ambience of the era include vintage wooden flooring, retro cinema seating, felt tables, and even a radiator that’s been transformed into a beer tap. Currently operating on a merit over money basis, the bar is categorically not defining itself as a members’ club, meaning its clandestine charms, at this stage at least, are open to all.