The Last Tuesday Society
Concealed innocuously in the throes of Mare Street in Hackney lies one of London’s truly hidden gems: The Last Tuesday Society. Comprised of “East London’s most curious cocktail bar”, and one of the world’s most intriguingly absurd and intentionally subversive museums, The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, the venue is appropriately decorated with taxidermies and bones of dead people.
The Last Tuesday Society found its home in Hackney in 2006, founded by Viktor Wynd and David Piper. The society hosts events across the U.K.– masquerade balls and extravagant Halloween parties, and even events in their Hackney venue itself, like London’s longest standing literary salon hosted by Wynd.
The ground floor of the venue is their cocktail bar, with little trinkets scattered across the floor for you to enjoy while having a drink. But the real excitement lays below.
Seeking to pay homage to Renaissance wunderkabinetts, the basement is the home of London’s only cabinet of curiosities. Curated entirely by the museum’s namesake, Victor Wynd collects items such as mummified cats, McDonald’s Happy Meal collectibles, farmer-themed erotica, Fiji mermaids, and a literal skeleton of a dead woman from his travels across the globe. The museum serves as almost an anti-hero to the contemporary museum; deliberately excluding any classification of the museum’s items, the visitor is encouraged to experience the exhibition comprehensively, instead of consuming its individual counterparts. To those intrigued to visit, you have been duly warned: weak stomachs and those easily scared may consider bringing a friend for comfort.
After a visit to the museum, you can sit back and relax with a drink in their suitably themed cocktail bar. The lounge is home to “London’s only L’Heure Verte: Absinthe Hour”, featuring the “most prohibited alcohol across the world” every weekday from 6pm to 7pm (booking required).
If your stomach’s not feeling up to battle the infamous elixir, the bar also offers curiously delightful cocktails all priced at £9 each.
As someone who prides herself in visiting unknown spots across London, I feel cheated not knowing possibly one of the greatest hidden gems of all. While The Last Tuesday Society may be compact in size, be prepared to spend hours in this twistingly delightful gem.
Visit The Last Tuesday Society and The Victor Wynd Museum of Curiosities
The cocktail bar is open Tuesday 3:00pm-11:00pm, Wednesday – Saturday 12:00pm-11:00pm, and Sunday 12:00pm-10:30pm. The museum is open Tuesday 3:00pm-10:30pm, Wednesday – Sunday 12:00pm-10:30pm. Entry to the museum is £6, with a free cup of tea on request. Children permitted with a guardian until 7:00pm.