I went here for the first time last week and I wish I’d been here sooner. Set right on the riverfront, the Propstore pops up every summer and is literally built of old props from National Theatre productions whilst also using them as decorations all over the bar. It’s open as a cafe bar, with seats indoors and then spilling right out onto the South Bank.
I met my blind date right in front of the Propstore and instantly loved the choice of setting. Buzzing with atmosphere, we seated ourselves at a table outside. The unique decorations gave us something to talk about straight away and I especially loved the electric train whizzing around the ceiling.
As for drinks, my date enjoyed Meantime beer while I made the most of the choice of English wines on offer. They also sell Sipsmith spirits plus bar snacks such as scotch eggs, chips with garlic mayo and pulled pork sandwiches. We didn’t eat but the smell of it definitely made my mouth water as dishes were brought out. The Propstore provides a great stop if you’re taking a walk along the south bank or on your way to one of the many sights around.
As it got darker we moved indoors to warm up and get a better look at everything. The mismatched furniture was endearing and interesting in a way that most other bars go for, but don’t accomplish. Plus the river provided a beautiful background to the date.
The brilliant location also means that if you decide to move on there are plenty of places to go. Just a stone’s throw away from the Tate Modern, the OXO Tower, the London Eye and of course, the National Theatre to name just a few, the date can continue way after the Propstore if the mood takes you.
Though I’m sorry to say that I don’t think I will be seeing my date again, I really loved this quirky place and I’ll definitely be coming back. Make the most of it while it lasts!