Check Out London’s New Banksy Inspired Speakeasy by admin on June 28, 2018

Dark, dingy and laden in graffiti, Leake Street is the sort of place you’d normally be advised to avoid while exploring an unfamiliar city. But London is no ordinary city, and this disused road tunnel, which runs for 300 metres below the platforms of Waterloo train station, is quickly becoming one of the hippest places in the capital for food, drink, music and art.

The latest opening is a Banksy-inspired speakeasy called Rat Bar, which showcases Giant Rat, an original piece of street art from the legend himself. (Or herself. No one has quite figured out the artist’s true identity yet.) The bar is themed on rats, naturally, and has created a signature cocktail menu which includes tempters like You Dirty Double Crossing Rat, El Raton and Black Death. It also serves pizzas (though unfortunately not curry, so no possibility to order a rodent josh). The graffiti-covered interior has been designed by Gary Alford, official artist of Wu-Tang Clan, and the venue will host regular live music, including Tunnel Vision Unplugged every Thursday, when up-and-coming singer-songwriters will do their thing.

The bar is a suitable nod to Banksy, who in 2008 organised the Cans Festival, which saw Leake Street transformed into the kaleidoscopic marvel it is today. In Banksy’s words, the aim was to turn “a dark, forgotten filth pit” into “an oasis of art – in a dark, forgotten filth pit”.

 

Read the full article here: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2018/06/28/rat-bar-london-banksy/

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