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A secret hangout for the London Film Festival

A password is required to access this Soho speakeasy pop-up

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A secret hangout for the London Film Festival

October 12 2011
Lindsay Macpherson

Kettner’s is well versed in the art of reinvention: a Soho stalwart since 1867, the legendary brasserie and champagne bar is now firmly up to date following a glamorous Ilse Crawford makeover in 2008.

But from today, Kettner’s is taking a step back to the 1920s in association with Irish whiskey brand Jameson to host a two-week cinematic speakeasy. Celebrating the launch of the British Film Festival, the Jameson Apartment will take over one of Kettner’s private rooms, which was fittingly inspired by a French film director’s lair, replete with casting couches, wood-panelled walls and a bespoke drinks cabinet. Each night will feature a different theme, from cocktail masterclasses and film premieres to film-inspired quizzes, as well as vintage tunes and classic speakeasy-style cocktails, specially created by Jameson mixologist Ed McAvoy.

The pop-up is accessed via a “secret” door on Greek Street, and in authentic Prohibition style, visitors will need to give a password – published each day on the website – to gain entry.