Tucked away in the West 12 shopping centre in Shepherds Bush is The Mind Palace, an immersive speakeasy sitting behind the storefront of Doyle’s Opticians. Though very authentically made, with various types of glasses and posters lining the walls of the shop, people paying attention will notice the subtle humour in the fake posters and the choice of glasses next to them. People not paying attention will probably think its an optician and try and buy some glasses, which by some people could be considered ironic.
Available by appointment only, the only thing standing between the optician and the Sherlock Holmes themed bar is a few minutes of waiting time, a rather witty actor, a Rorschach test prompting you to share the darkest corners of your mind, and a mysterious pill. After that concoction of experiences you are lead down a long corridor and emerge in the speakeasy itself where you are presented with a number of Sherlock themed cocktails.
Previously only open to “Network” members, The Mind Palace can now be reserved through booking via this link:
All the cocktails were well made and very instagramable, though some of them, due to the pill, I don't know the true taste of. Overall it is a great place to go to with some friends or even on a date and will definitely leave you with a memorable night.