Blind Spot at St Martins Lane

4.4
69 reviews
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Set behind the façade of a boutique tea counter and a secret golden hand-shaped handle is Blind Spot at St Martins Lane, a late-night speakeasy that offers guests bespoke and signature cocktails bursting with flavours influenced by the British Empire and its ancient tea trade.

Blind Spot cocktail bar travels from harbour to harbour and gathers the world flavours into its new menu. From NYC to Sydney, through Venice, Mumbai, Osaka and many more. Spin the globe and choose from our selection of 25 destinations. Pair the carefully crafted drinks with nibbles from the same regions, and let us transport you to exotic places.

Blind Spot offers modern British elegance, carefully shadowed by day and illuminated by the energy of the city at night. The perfect central London spot for a pre-dinner drink, a night of entertainment or an after party nightcap and nibble.

Special Offers

Speakeasy Cocktail Tea: £35

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: 26 October 2017

Ends: 30 May 2019

Availability: Sun-Thu 19:00-21:00

Enjoy 2 cocktails plus 1 item from the food menu £30

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 26 October 2017

Ends: 30 May 2019

Availability: Daily 17:00-23:00

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive cocktails, but the cost is more than made up for by the classy atmosphere and convenient location for a pre-theatre drink. Hard to find the entrance - but that was part of the fun. Also - not too noisy - which was a big plus.

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FB
London
27 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Tried to do a walk in at about 6.30pm but was told "no tables available" by the woman on the door after she gave me a bit of a dirty look up and down. I was dressed more than adequately for the venue. I went on open table and booked a table at which point she pretended she couldn't find it. tbh it felt like it was a bit of a racial rejection. After we proved we had a reservation she begrudgingly let us in and there were several tables free that remained free throughout our visit. Cocktails were great but not sure I'd like to go again solely on the woman on the door.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

This was our second visit to the Blind Spot, we came back after having a really great first experience. This time round, customer service from the front desk was non existent, and once we sat down it was just really slow and flat. We asked to be moved from the stools to one of the empty booths, to be told they were reserved or held as first priority for hotel guests- but no one arrived to claim them during our booking. The food we ordered was still cold in the centre, and whilst the waiter very kindly replaced these and removed them from our bill- the second order was still cold in the centre. Once our drinks arrived I asked for a straw, and was still waiting while my partner was half way through his, so I got up and got it myself.
Great ambience is still there, but recommend booking for groups 3+ to get the comfiest seats in the house. For the prices being charged, I would expect more, but probably wouldn’t bother returning after this experience.

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E
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

Interesting place and good that you can book a table for late drinks. Very pricey and watch out fo 15% service charge. Service not acceptable for a 5 star, get the feeling they only want a certain type of person as customers. Nice atmosphere though and would go again. Can’t rate the food as we only had drinks.

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I
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a perfect cocktail hour with amazing drinks delivered by the lovely staff at Blind Spot. The cocktails are crafted to perfection, favourites included the perfectly named Marrakech that evoked memories of souks and the old town and the scrummy Warsaw.

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AB
Jersey
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

No food menus offered but cocktails were good.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

First we got served raw chicken. Then instead of shrimps we got octopus. The waitress seemed inexperienced and couldn't recommend what is good to order. She was very nice and polite though. After all that our bill got messed up and we didn't get the 3 for 15 offer as supposedly you have to say in a comment while booking you are going to use that offer. But! The menu isn't available on the website to there is no way of knowing that offer even exist and on the menu at the place it doesn't say you have to specify you order that rather than a set of 3 appetizers. In the end manager was so kind to amend our bill but still we had to discuss it quite a lot which was unpleasant. The cereal vibe and feels is really nice as is the staff. But. The quality of service is not as expected for such a place. Wouldn't recommend to avoid unpleasant experience of having to justify everything you do and order.

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MV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had amazing apres opera drinks in a wonderful atmosphere

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice cocktail bar with music

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NS
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great to drop in at the end of our evening, it felt hidden and private.
Cocktails great, live DJ was good & service was attentive not intrusive.
Overall lovely end to our evening.

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CC
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I love the cosy feel of this place; warm and comfortable. Waitresses knowledgeable about cocktails. Can’t comment on food as didn’t eat but cocktails and snacks were delicious!

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 2

Shockingly expensive nibbles and that's on top of the mega expensive cocktails and wine. I ordered the chicken wings. Maybe they should be called winglets. 3 tiny wings, they must have had to trim off some of the wing to get it that small. 3 tiny dumplings for £7 another rip-off. The calamari was very good and in a good sized bowl until you realise that it's sitting on top of some salad leaves! Very disappointed with the food. Wine list is great and my friend's cocktail got an "ok" verdict. No real reason to return...

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M
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I would only recommend this place due to its beautiful design, loved it!
However the service is terrible! Waiters are talking over your conversation with other team members and in a different language. It was 3 of us and once the two of us got our orders, the waitress instead of coming closer to my third friend to take his order (it was a bit loud already because of the music), she just started shouting over us? Our table was in the middle so it was much easier for her to just come to his side and take the order rather than shouting over our conversation? She was a bit weird? Maybe she had a bad day, as she just looked quite miserable...
overall, the ambience and the place is pretty amazing, just the service was poor which was quite disappointing -especially in a place like that where this should be a key.

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c
London
33 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Nice idea with a 'secret' door to this bar in the St Martin's Lane Hotel. It's quite dark, and when we went at 6.30pm on a Saturday evening before dinner, fairy quiet and chilled with a few empty tables. It's low, comfortable seating and table service, with an extensive cocktail list. It worked well for what we needed...but the service was quite slow (not enough menus for the four of us!) and we asked for some nuts / snack and nothing ever materialised. The cocktails were good - pricey. I would say that the main drawcard is the fun of this being a secret venue, in a nice hotel in a great location. We would probably go back if we wanted a pre-dinner drink in the area.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Poor decor, champagne served was from previous day (the waiter replaced it), no bites and nibbles, and the music was not great.
So disappointing.

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C
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

Great secret bar. Amazing cocktails and atmosphere. Lost a star due to overly loud and incongruous music selection which didn’t match relaxed vibe. ( thursday night)

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PB
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great cocktails and tapas. Quite pricey, but to be expected in this part of London. Would definitely return.

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SC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food is a little pricey for what it is, drinks prices are as expected for central London. Lovely ambience - for a night cap. Definitely somewhere you go before dinner or after dinner. Service wasn’t the best on this occasion, but its usually good.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A beautiful bar, but pricey. The cocktails are very "experimental" and maybe we choose badly but neither of us was wowed by the ones we had (2 each).

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GS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall this is a really funky venue. The old bar has been sealed off at the end and interior made very dark with clever use of low voltage spotlights so the ambience is great whilst still being able to see where you’re going, reading menus etc

Staff are friendly and efficient. The menu is not extensive but what it has is all really delicious. The sting comes with the size vs value. All of the food portions are TINY, yet very expensive. 3 tiny cheese sticks, 3 tiny dumplings, 3 small koftas, etc, every dish a minimum of £7. With 3 cocktails, the bill was over £180 for 8 dishes and we were still hungry.

I get that this is the St Martins Lane hotel with Asia de Cuba next door but this was extortionate

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n
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a little dark (I think that’s the point though)but apart from that it was perfect :-)

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HS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely cocktails although on the pricey side especially after service charge added to bill. Very dark and hard to read menu. Good service and comfortable seating.

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CB
London
85 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 3

A reasonable cocktail bar with a good range of "originals" but also the ability to mix the "classics" quite well. Service was prompt and polite, but asking £4.50 for a bowl of nuts seems penny-pinching to say the least when the drinks are well upwards of £10 each. Food marked as poor as "not applicable" isn't available.

Its hideaway nature may be slightly OTT, and didn't seem to keep out the table of noisy "yahoos" who clearly wanted to be the focus of everyone's attention but weren't actually attention-worthy. Perhaps management should have asked them to pipe down or push off - no-one else was behaving that loudly and they were distracting and they detracted from the overall otherwise pleasant ambience.

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good evening spot with great cocktails. Didn't eat but couldn't post a review without rating the food

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

When I went there you gave me a flower cake and not a gluten free cake.So for next time can I have a gluten free cake please.

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LL
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were so helpful and friendly. Couldn’t have done more for us x

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J
Berkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Booked a table for 4 of us for pre-Theatre drink. We had great cocktails and some light bites. All were delicious and good quality. Service was prompt and polite.

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Snacks weren't great, cocktail too small but ambience was good. Suitable for pre dinner drinks or night cap.

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, great choice of cocktails, in a fun way. Great place for a date.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Cool bar, good service and drinks. Prices are about what you’d expect. Music is a bit loud for easy conversation.

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M
London
105 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

A very dark bar room set in an office block. 90s music played too loud for conversation. Cocktails outrageously expensive even for London. Don't go here, far better cocktail places in Soho and Covent Garden nearby.

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GF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Really nice ambience, but the music blaring above our heads was so loud we left after one drink. Who wants to shout and lip read on a Friday evening?

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MT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Popped in for pre dinner drinks, as going to an event nearby.

It was very early, so not too many people in, but I imagine that the atmosphere would be great when the bar was full and with the live music later in the evening.

Great cocktails from an extensive selection. Service was excellent, and the staff were able to recommend some cocktails based around our favourite ingredients.

Would definitely visit again when up in central London.

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RN
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal cocktails and incredibly friendly and prompt service! Made my 30th very memorable! Will return!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked for Sunday 26th November at 21.00 turned up and it was closed for a private function.
Would be good if Open table and the venue had communicated with each other to avoid this happening as was very inconvenient

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KS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2017
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 4

Great little bar tucked away behind a secret door. Lively music, delicious cocktails and great service but it was so dark and menu was written in such faint print that you couldn’t read it.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Great cocktails and excellent service. Thought the decor could be a bit more interesting.

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m
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and drinks were great, and our waitress was wonderful!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

We went after reading other reviews for a good cocktail. The bar was great, but after 9 PM on Friday & Saturday they have a DJ and play loud modern music. This is generally not the atmosphere you want from a dimly lit, well furnished cocktail bar in my opinion. Drinks were great, and it would have been great if there wasn’t a DJ. This bar is attached to a hotel as well.

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w
London
37 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful "secret" bar that makes amazing cocktails. They knew it was my husband's birthday, and without prompting, they brought over freshly made doughnuts with a birthday candle. It was such a nice touch. Would definitely recommend for dates and quiet drinks

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