Londoners love a gimmick. We’ll gladly throw away our hard earned cash to drink cocktails out of wellies or eat our dinner in the dark. We’ll choose a bar that has a Smeg fridge for it’s entrance and slurp on ‘freakshakes’ that contain our daily calorie intake. I enjoy trying out these gaudy places as much as anyone else, but I’ve had enough of squeezing into a shoebox sized bar and queuing 20 minutes to buy a sugary cocktail that costs more than I earn in an hour. These bucket list haunts look great on a social media feed but in reality they’re not practical for relaxed catch up’s with old friends and they’re certainly not purse-friendly.
If like me you’d prefer to sit in a comfy chair, playing a game of battleship with and old school friend whilst sipping an affordable cocktail then you absolutely have to pay a visit to Little Nan’s bar in Catford. With neon signs, artificial flowers and a Princess Diana cocktail menu, you’ll feel as though you have stepped back into the 80’s – or your childhood.
Founder Tristan opened the first Little Nan’s in Deptford in 2013, using all of his Nan’s furniture and ornaments to create a ‘nostalgic homely kitsch environment’. As it’s popularity grew Tristan decided to open up another branch in Catford and has since run several successful pop-ups all over London.
Located in the Broadway Theatre Saloon Little Nan’s Catford caters for everyone; board game connoisseurs, teacup cocktail drinkers and Phil Mitchell fans. With a whole list of soap-star themed drinks (think Bet Lynch or Beppe Di Marco) you’ll be sure to find your perfect tipple. For those with a sweet tooth you can tuck into peanut butter or red velvet cake whilst draping yourself across a vintage chaise longue. They also serve pizzas and sharing platters that contain some of your Nan’s teatime favourites.
With special events such as jazz nights, disco parties and afternoon tea, Little Nan’s is fast becoming one of London’s most treasured gems.
Written by Sophia Chettleburgh
All photos by Sophia Chettleburgh