Moose and I haven't had an actual date, just the two of us, in a while. We're always busy doing things and going places with other people, which is awesome, of course, but I really fancied a day out that was just the two of us. I told Moose I was coming up to London and fully expected a day doing our old staple activities; a mooch around Southbank, a wander around Leicester Square and dinner in Chinatown after browsing Forbidden Planet. So, when he told me he'd found something different to do, I was intrigued! When I got to London, he told me we were going to go somewhere new, and that I was going to 'visit the mayor'. Of course, I was completely confused, and started wracking my brain for every mayor I could think of - are we riding 'Boris Bikes' around London? Goodness, I hope not!
We ended up on Brick Lane, by Old Spitalfields Market, where Moose said he'd heard there were lots of vintage stores he knew I'd like to look around. He was right! We spent an hour or so looking around a few lovely shops full of lovely vintage clothing and I resisted the urge to try on several dresses, before Moose said he thought it was time we went to 'visit the mayor'. We wandered around for a while and finally came across a little cafe/restaurant called The Breakfast Club. I decided that this was the surprise - a cafe themed around one of my favourite films? Excellent! Only as we approached, he told me that I have to tell the lady seating us that I'm here to 'see the mayor'. She greeted us and started to guide us to our table when Moose nudged me so I said, very sheepishly, that I was apparently here to see the mayor. She nodded knowingly, and then guided us into the restaurant and opened up a giant fridge. Confused, I assumed maybe I was getting a free drink for mentioning the 'mayor', only to see the waitress vanish through the fridge! Suddenly I clicked! This was a speakeasy, a secret bar under hidden behind a conspicuous fridge in a cafe! The waitress told us some rules, explaining that when we leave, we were to take a different door so as to keep the secret, and then we were lead down and inside 'The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town'!
The secret bar was small and cozy, with quirky, cat themed décor. The menu was mainly cocktails, where I opted for a very rich Bloody Mary that had a heck of a bite to it. They were expensive, but the atmosphere and experience more than made up for the price of the drinks. I got such a kick out of the whole thing! I love the knowledge that there were people in the cafe above us who had no idea that they were eating above a secret bar. It was great. It's really fun being 'in' on a secret like this, and I can't wait to check out more unusual places in London like it, now we're staring to venture off the beaten track.
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