London Bars | Little Nan’s, Catford

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.

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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.

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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
@sophiageorginax
All photos by Sophia Chettleburgh

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