Barts is a quirky secret speakeasy style bar on prestigious Sloane Avenue, in the heart of Chelsea. It was one of the first speakeasy bars to open in London and is the brainchild of Duncan Stirling and Charlie Gilkes, the dynamic duo that own the highly successful Inception Group.
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As others have pointed out, a visit to Barts is a "royal experience". Though the décor is kitschier then the tastefully discreet entrance would suggest, it nonetheless attracts a well-pedigreed crowd. Don't go for the drinks, don't go for the ambiance, go to see and be seen. And go soon for that matter, because if a lowly American tourist can find this place, it's surely already on its way out!more
You don't expect to find a bar when you walk into a portered block of flats in Chelsea, especially one where the residents seem to be a mix of young professionals and high class hookers.
Although when you think about it, it makes for the perfect environment in which to put a bar. Once you have found the entrance, you have to ring a door bell and if the barman likes the look of you then he'll...more
Absolutely love Barts as you can tell from my recent blog post. In fact you can bag yourself a free cocktail on certain nights between now and end of March if you tell them 'Miss Immy sent you'. Check my site for more details. www.missimmyslondon.com Barts rocks, so see you down there!more
My girlfriend, who is pretty much the Samantha Jones of London nightlife (she has the club owners' #s on speed dial; no waits in line ever!) showed me a great time here. I mention this because I don't know how easy it is to get in, though there did not seem to be a long line when we went in. For a fun night with friends, the thing to do is have a couple drinks at Barts then head off to...more
Awww, you guys tried so hard! As far as the speakeasy concept goes you have to give Barts some credit. The decor is solid and the feel, when not too crowded, is great. The staff is very kind and their outfits are perfect.
The drink menu is just off, it doesn't fit the whole idea of a speakeasy. The point of a hidden bar (this one has a website) is to convey some sort of mischief; indeed,...more