Foundation Bar



6 reviews

5 Langley Street , London, WC2H 9JA

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SquareMeal Review of Foundation Bar



Some thought, plenty of cash & a fair bit of canny local research (‘checking out the competition’) have gone into transforming this one-time Tube station (formerly The Langley). The result is a mishmash of funky acid trip, retro & street art/culture, but for all its brash swagger & cutesy touches, Foundation is about as genuinely ‘cool, fashionable & edgy’ (their words) as a Ted Baker or All Saints store. Cocktails talk the talk: a hibiscus daiquiri Holly Golightly is suitably excessive at £9, but it’s hardly ‘fabulous, darling’; likewise, pear & cinnamon do little to improve a mojito at £8.50. Still, you can’t go wrong with Petit Chablis, Crozes-Hermitage or Pencarrow Pinot Noir at around £27 a bottle. Musically, the jams are well & truly pumped-up, while bar bites & diner grub come with a US drawl.

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Foundation Bar Location

5 Langley Street , London WC2H 9JA

Opening times

Mon-Sun 4pm-1am (Sun -12M)

Foundation Bar's Reviews


Food & Drink: 8.3


Service: 7.2


Atmosphere: 9.0


Value: 8.7


Food + drink: 3

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

17 November 2011

Generally quite a good bar, quite a buzzy atmosphere, especially as we went on a Wednesday night. I had reserved an area for my group of friends and was glad I did as every other table was booked up too. The presentation of everything is well thought out and quirky – food menus printed onto old vinyl and drinks served from jam jars! Good selection of cocktails too. The food menu however leaves a lot to be desired – nothing very exciting to snack on easily. We ordered a couple of the small bites to share, but they were so small we could have done with a lot more. It was more style than substance. The pulled pork spring rolls were really tasty, just could have done with more. My friend ordered the burger which was basic but adequate. The early happy hour is definitely a bonus, with all drinks half price until 7.30pm. We were having a little celebration and worked our way through several bottles of the prosecco which was really good value for money. Disappointed we weren’t trusted with real glasses though and were given plastic flutes to drink from instead! Would go back, but definitely book an area and eat beforehand!


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

18 February 2011

Used to go to this place back when it was The Langley, decided to give it a visit to see what changes they had made. I expected a lick of paint and not much else but was taken aback when i walked through the doors. WOW is all i can say! It looks nothing like the Langley used to, its a new quircky cocktail bar with great music and loads of seating for all your party. We had dinner in there which was more than reasonably priced and were greeted on the door by a very polite young man who gave us a personal tour. I'll definantly be back again…and again…and again


Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 5

31 March 2010

Nothing particularly bad you can say about The Langley. The first few hours of trading (each day) are happy hour, which means 50% off all drinks and discounted price on sharing platters. The music is cool, chilled out house music that progresses as the night goes on. I frequent the bar a lot, and I can confidently say that mid week onwards is the best time to go. Not because it's quiet by any means, but simply because the crowd it gathers is so attractive. Wether you are having a few post work drinks or on a night out it's worth popping in, to take advantage of the excellent value drinks of nothing else.

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