For the month of December, the Barts speakeasy bar in Sloane Avenue has been transformed into what they describe as a “Dickensian dreamland” based upon Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
The invitation to A Barts Christmas Carol
Situated deep within an anonymous 1930s apartment building named Chelsea Cloisters, Barts is hidden behind a black door and a lantern that is dark enough to feature in any Dickens novel. Those in the know have to ring a bell to be granted entry and once inside they’ll be met by staff dressed as Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge as well as all manner of Chirstmassy Victoriana.
A cover of an edition of A Christmas Carol
Aside from the usual cocktails, which are amongst the best value in Chelsea, guests at Barts will be able to enjoy mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas carol sing-alongs.
The Scottish poet and biographer Theodore Martin, who normally took against works produced by Dickens, suggested that A Christmas Carol was capable of “work(ing) much social good.” Visitors to Barts this festive season, it seems, will certainly get plenty of that.
Barts, Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, London, SW3 3DW. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7581 3355. Website: http://www.barts-london.com