If a converted wartime art bunker sounds like your kinda hangout, Topolski’s got your name all over it. This awesome under-the-arches bar is big on industrial vibes and split up into three separate arches: a chilled cafe-slash-wine bar, a party arch with music and big tables for groups, and finally a private hideaway with table tennis tables and a dancefloor (next work party sorted).
The space used to belong to one of WWII’s famous artists, Feliks Topolski, and his wicked artwork is everywhere - walls, ceilings and behind the bar, in case the bottle collection doesn't float your boat. If you leg it out of work you might make it for happy hour (5 til 6pm); they knock out everything from a 2-4-1 Aperol Spritz to Whiskey Sours and Prosecco. You can get hold of a decent 'n cheap European beer, which ain’t easy in this touristy part of town.
It’s not the kinda cocktail list that’s gonna blow your mind, but you're here for the vibe and the fact it’s basically in Waterloo Station and opposite the Royal Festival Hall. At the weekend it’s less pre-show drinks and more party; book a table for your crew, get in some bottles and sharer platters and keep on it ‘til 1am when this place spills out right by the river. Perfect for a booze-hazed late-night stroll.