Worship Street Whistling Shop closes its doors

Kate Malczewski

Kate Malczewski

05 November 2018

Award-winning London bar Worship Street Whistling Shop (WSWS) has announced that it is closing its doors today. The space in Shoreditch will be taken over by JJ Goodman’s London Cocktail Club bar chain.

WSWS was founded in 2011 by Fluid Movement, the cocktail consultancy behind other big-name venues such as Black Rock and Surfside in Cornwall. Since its opening WSWS enjoyed international success, snapping up spots on the World’s 50 Best Bars list three years in a row. Most recently, Imbibe noted the creativity of its no-abv drinks, as the bar offered every single cocktail on its 12-strong list in a non-alcoholic format.

‘The Whistling Shop helped drive forward a modernist approach to drinks at a time where the number of bars with a rotovap or sous vide could be counted on one hand,’ Fluid Movement and WSWS co-founder Thomas Aske wrote on social media, announcing the closure.

Earlier this year, Aske and Fluid Movement co-founder Tristan Stephenson revealed plans to roll out their whisky bar concept Black Rock to three additional UK cities.

‘Tristan Stephenson and I will be focusing all our efforts on the expansion of Black Rock in 2019 and look forward to sharing a drink with our industry friends soon,’ Aske commented.

Having déjà vu? The closure of WSWS follows the announcement last month that acclaimed bar Dandelyan is also bidding us goodbye.

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