Review by Michelle Connolly. Follow @michelllec
Evans & Peel Detective Agency
310c Earls Court Road W.8,London SW5 9BA
020 7373 3573
Just by Earls Court station is a stunning little 1920’s film noir style speakeasy called Evans & Peel Detective Agency – not that you’d notice it.
Hidden behind a discreet door, you need to make an appointment and be buzzed in to meet your detective. (I believe if you just turn up and have forgotten, if you say you have one they will let you in too) So far, so fun. Obviously a lot of thought has gone into the theme and decor, the detective office is decked out in all the retro paraphernalia you would expect, and the detective takes your case very seriously. Once it’s been typed up for the record, the lead you through a secret doorway behind the bookshelf to the bar, while they ‘investigate’.
This is the really impressive part. The whole room is beautifully decorated with period pieces, furniture, lamps and accessories. Think dark and sultry, you’ll probably wish you had put a costume on as some of the outfits are very dapper indeed. They have an immense cocktail menu with an old world skew, as expected, with mainstays like the Old Fashioned and Sazerac. Infusions and blends are par for the course and make for some interesting combinations. They come served in vintage glasses with table service, however you’re welcome to prop up the bar and make nice with the bartenders who will give you some excellent tips on what to try. Even the beer on tap comes out of a vintage radiator – keep an eye out for all the interesting touches they’ve made.
If you’re peckish, they have a small but tasty menu in which most of the food has a smoky leaning thanks to their in-house smoker, but it’s not what you would go there for – the cocktails are far more impressive.
Evans & Peel is the kind of bar you take a girl to on a second or third date – it’s possibly a little too well thought out and impressive for a first one, not the kind of place you can just ‘drop in’ to. If you’re a little further down the line why not suggest dressing up with some 1920’s touches, us girls love an excuse but you guys can get some use out of your wing tips and three piece suits too, and who doesn’t love a man in a suit?