Top 10 pint-sized London bars22nd April, 2013 by Lucy Shaw
Small is the new big. With over eight million inhabitants crammed into the capital, Londoners are having to rethink their use of space, and a trend is emerging for tiny bars housed in unexpected places, from old storage sheds and a disused double decker, to a Victorian gents’ loo.
The latest diminutive drinking den to open in London is the 18-seater BYOC, a speakeasy with a twist accessed via a Covent Garden juice bar where customers are asked to supply their own base spirit.
Across town at The Attendant in Soho, which opened in January, the owners have taken over a former gent’s loo built in 1890. You’ll have to read on to find out how they’ve made use of the original porcelain urinals.
Our top ten tiny bars range from a Soho speakeasy once used by the Kray twins for dodgy deals, to the smallest bar in the world frequented by Charles II, Graham Greene and Ernest Hemingway, though not at the same time alas.