As soon as we walked into the shabby chic hidden east end bar, we knew that we’d found somewhere special.
We were greeted by bartenders in 1950s waistcoats as we entered the Mahogany Bar which was lit by candles and vintage lamps. Local art hung on the crumbling walls, with exposed beams and brickwork being a theme throughout the rooms. Wilton’s has been a music hall since the mid 19th century and still seems to exude that air of times past.
We visited on a Tuesday for the Tuesday Night Blow Out. A live swing band played music from the 20s, 30s and 40s which provided the perfect scene for some get-to-know-you swing dancing, something you don’t often see on a Tuesday night date. The many rooms also provided loads of seating around mismatched tables which gave us the chance to get our energy back and enjoy some of the tasty cocktails on offer – the Cucumber Collins was a surprise hit.
Swing music isn’t the only thing that Wilton’s provides, they also host black and white movie screenings, comedy nights, magic shows, historical talks and pop up theatre so it’s worth keeping an eye on their website to see what they have coming up.
One of the best nights we’d had in ages, the energy and atmosphere of the place kept us going until late into the evening. What more can we say except Wilton’s Music Hall really is historic London at its best.
Wilton’s is currently not running the Tuesday Night Blowout any more however the band will return to the main hall now that it has reopened. There are loads of other events that happen at Wilton’s Music Hall so we definitely recommend checking out their website to see what’s on and the Mahogany bar is still a fabulous place to go for a date in London.