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7 Tales bar – Tokyo comes to Clerkenwell London

In the basement of Jason Atherton’s Sosharu lies a hidden den called the 7 Tales bar. Head down the stairs and through the curtain and it’s as if Tokyo has come to Clerkenwell.

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7 Tales bar Clerkenwell

This cocktail bar in Clerkenwell oozes a sexy, cool elegance through the neon lights, low tables and cartoon manga-esque wallpaper along with hip-hop beats pumping in the background.

7 Tales bar Clerkenwell

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At first glance the cocktail menu can be slightly confusing, but as explained by our lovely barman each drink is a Japanese twist on a classic.

The boys stuck to the classics, favouring well executed old fashioneds – Woodford Reserve and a mighty large block of ice.

7 Tales bar Clerkenwell

I’d heard on the grapevine of a ‘special’ the bar served, so there was only one drink on the agenda for me – The Champagne Papi. Presented with an unfinished drink, a fizzing glass of Perrier-Jouet, umeshu (Japanese plum liqueur) and a banana infusion. We were given a token and instructions on how to complete the drink.

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The token was inserted into a colourful vending machine in exchange for a plastic egg containing a chinese proverb and an absinthe-laced sugar cube. For a few seconds it was like I was five again and being given my first Kinder.

Once dunked, we were both slightly underwhelmed by the lack of action.

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Taste wise it was quite sour and I’m not sure where the banana flavour was hiding, but it wasn’t in my drink. I’d recommend waiting until the whole sugar cube has melted before slurping. The flavour definitely improves.

For more gimmicks don’t forget to check out the Toto toilets, my derriere was highly pleased with the heated seat action!

7 Tales bar Clerkenwell

You’re not going to go far wrong ordering bar snacks from a Jason Atherton restaurant. We refrained from the tempting menu as we were dining at the restaurant. It didn’t stop me from having a quick look though, wagyu beef skewers, squid tempura and chicken karaage headline. If you’re a veggie  – you’re in some trouble. I’d suggest you swerve the bar snacks and concentrate on working your way through the drinks menu.

7 Tales Bar Clerkenwell is more than just a restaurant bar, it’s a bar you go and hang out in and be one of the cool kids. I loved the vibe in the dimly lit underground den I reckon I’ll be back for more.

Do you have a favourite cocktail? Or a place that transports you to a far off land? Let me know in the comments box below.


7 Tales Bar | 64 Turnmill Street | London | EC1M 5RR


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  • terri 19th June 2016 at 6:41 pm

    sounds like a lovely little place. I love to visit places that are quirky or different and this is now on my to visit list

  • The Indigo Hours 19th June 2016 at 7:00 pm

    This looks like such a cool place and I love the sound of the vending machine – how unique!!

    Jess xo

  • emmyhaags 19th June 2016 at 10:20 pm

    This looks like so much fun!!!! I love all the pics and great post 😉

    • Sima Sthanakiya 20th June 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you Emma!

  • anaisdingler 19th June 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I want to go!

  • Fatima 20th June 2016 at 12:04 am

    Looks like a nice place. What are the best non-alcoholic drinks or mocktails there?

    • Sima Sthanakiya 20th June 2016 at 12:21 pm

      I didn’t see a mocktails list, but like most bars if you tell them what you like they will knock something up for you. I’m sure it would be good after seeing the pride they take in making their drinks.

  • Subhadrika Sen 20th June 2016 at 9:56 am

    Wow, this is such a cool setting. . . I like the look of those cocktails? Sad you didnt get the banana flavour

  • janella2016 20th June 2016 at 11:58 am

    This place looks incredible. I love finding out new places to go to when i decide to travel

  • Ana De Jesus 20th June 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Lol I would be in trouble then because I am a veggie. I love the neon lighting it really does remind me of Clerkenwell!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 20th June 2016 at 4:44 pm

      I was too! Good job I was eating at the restaurant above which had loads of veggie options!

  • Violinkit 20th June 2016 at 5:38 pm

    7 Tales Bar seems like a very original and quirky bar, Love the idea of heated toilet seats. Bliss! ha ha!

  • Ah Méd 20th June 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Love place , i love this kind of place ! it take away from other world

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