Jack Solomons Club, a new Soho speakeasy, now open
Jack Solomons Club, a new Soho speakeasy bar is now open in the basement of 41 Great Windmill Street, bringing a dose of old school glamour to W1.
Inspired by the legacy of Jack Solomons, an iconic Soho character whose boxing gym was located here throughout the 1940s and 50s; Jack Solomons Club encapsulates the spirit of the colourful world he inhabited – if Jack Solomons had a bar, this would have been it. Harking back to classic Soho, the design epitomises a bygone era of London clubs in opulent style with plush finishes including pewter-metal bar counters, shaded velvet furnishings and red leather walls, atmospherically creating a sense that the club has always been there.
Jack Solomons Club’s entrance is through a hidden door accessed via an after-hours street-side deli. The sound of the live band playing at the bar will indicate you’re heading in the right direction. Descending the stairs you’ll pass a glass wall peering into the neighbouring kitchen’s butchery chamber before you reach the basement and are surprised by the scale of the subterranean speakeasy cocktail club to one side, and dance floor to the other.
Jack Solomons’ tipple was Scotch. Specialising in whisky with an extensive list, Jack Solomons Club serves a sophisticated contemporary cocktail offering, starting from £12, with a nod to important characters in his life: Nipper Morris (a Solomons promoted bantam weight fighter) will be made with Glenfiddich 12 year, plum syrup, lemon juice and egg white; Black Jack (his favourite greyhound) will consist of Laphroig, maraschino liqueur and lime juice, while Old Guard (the nickname for Charlie Rose, a journalist and Solomon’s personal nemesis) mixes Woodford reserve bourbon, bitters and apricot brandy. The drinks list will sit alongside a menu of bar snacks and small plates inspired by Solomons’ early spell as a fishmonger, with dishes to include ‘Crab Croquettes’, ‘Hot Smoked Trout with Horseradish’ and ‘Rocky’s Fish & Chips’.
A vast space, licensed for 390 people and with seating for 150, Jack Solomons Club will be a Soho destination to dance late into the night. Wednesday to Sunday evenings will see live bands, DJs, special one-off events and guest appearances entertain until the early hours.
Whilst the new venue might have the feel of a members club, people from all walks of life entered Jack’s office on this location and likewise his club will have that same Soho essence, welcoming the great and the good, miscreants and misfits through its doors.
Jack Solomons Club
41 Great Windmill Street
London, W1D 7NB