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The Natural Philosopher Cocktail Bar

East London's hidden gem since 2014

A cocktail in a coupe glass


"Really cool little bar. Great staff and delicious drinks. Will definitely be back"

-Ben T

"Delicious cocktails, helpful mixologist and fun quirky bar! Will return ASAP."

-Miriam S

"Great drinks, great place, wonderful service"

-Matthew H.

Why you should visit us

Tucked behind the facade of a genuine Mac repair shop, The Natural Philosopher is not your average cocktail bar. We're a neighbourhood hangout for locals and tourists alike. We're a friendly, approachable bar and cocktails are our passion. As a unique cocktail bar in East London, we've carved out a niche in the vibrant heart of Hackney. Since our opening in 2014, amidst the diverse array of bars in the area of Hackney and Bethnal Green, we have distinguished ourselves as a hidden treasure and cemented ourselves as one of the best cocktail bars in London.

At The Natural Philosopher, we offer more than the typical experience you might find at other bars on Hackney Road. Our space is an intimate sanctuary, a whimsical escape from the bustling city life where the extraordinary and the unusual are the norms. Here, every cocktail is an adventure, meticulously crafted with foraged ingredients from across the UK, showcasing the rich tapestry of our natural landscape.

Our venue, brimming with antiques and a laid-back charm, resonates with the ambiance of a secret garden oasis, an ideal retreat for those in East London seeking respite. Whether it's for a romantic date night, a special celebration, or a casual hangout with friends, our basement bar offers the perfect setting. Our cocktail menu is not just a list of drinks; it's a celebration of nature's diversity, utilising foraged elements from terrains within the UK, highlighting the exquisite ingredients these isles have to offer.

We pride ourselves on being more than just a cocktail bar; we're a haven of inclusivity and top-notch service. Our team is passionate about guiding our guests through a sensory journey, introducing them to flavours and pairings that are rare and intriguing. This includes our world-renowned picklebacks, a must-try in London's cocktail scene. Our expertise lies in blending unique, mouth-watering ingredients with refined skill, delivering unparalleled cocktail experiences.

The Natural Philosopher stands as a cozy alcove for the inquisitive and the bold, a tribute to the hidden wonders of nature, right in the heart of East London. Whether you're in the Cambridge Heath area for a delicious meal at Rogues or The Waterhouse Project, or an event at Oval Space or The Pickle Factory, or perhaps just to see us, we've got a little something for everyone! We're just a short distance from Shoreditch too if you're looking to continue your evening late into the night in East London's party hub. Check out our recommendations for where to go next.

And there's more – we're all about spreading joy every day. That's why we've extended our Happy Hour to include not just weekdays but weekends too, from 6-8 pm. If you're seeking a sophisticated evening drink at a friendly price, you've found your spot. Here's to creating memorable moments together!

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