A classy brunch affair in the heart of Vauxhall...
When one's looking for a classy restaurant that serves brunch, Vauxhall doesn't necessarily spring to mind. While the Vauxhall area has been slowly becoming gentrified over the past few years, it has a reputation for being a bit seedy and lacking any decent restaurants - until COUNTER came along.
COUNTER is a 175-cover all-day bar & brasserie housed in an expansive 200-foot long arch. The decor is equal parts futuristic and retro with glittering antiqued mirrors and a palette of lacquered grey tones, which are highlighted with brass detailing and custom-made lighting set off against reclaimed teak floors.
When we arrived at around 11am on a Sunday morning, the restaurant was fairly quiet, providing a relaxing environment for my husband and I to catch up over a perfectly made latte - a crucial part of any breakfast as one knows.
Cheers to Shakespeare!
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death this April, TwoRuba bar at Hilton London Tower Bridge invites you to embrace your inner bookworm, and raise a glass to the greatest English writer that ever lived, with a bespoke collection of shaken cocktails, blended with seasonal spring fruity flavours.
The boozy Bard cocktails are available from now until 30 April and include specials such as the Mint Julep Caesar (£11) a bourbon-based tipple with freshly muddled blackberries and a dash of crème de cassis, cutting through the toasty wood and coffee flavours and complementing the sweet spicy notes of Kentucky’s favourite brown liquid.
Other fabulous drinks we enjoyed included the Two Ruba or Not To Be (£11) (apricot marmalade, apricot liquour, Appleton Rum, lime and sugar syrup); A Rose by Any Other Name (£11) (Southern Comfort, peach liquour, port, lime and sugar, cranberry juice, rosemary and blackberries - our personal favourite) and last but not least, Juliet (£11) (Campari, Martini Rosato, raspberry liquour, sugar, lime, orange juice and raspberries).
We loved the attention to detail that was paid detail for each and every drink, including the charming Shakespeare-inspired poems that accompanied the cocktails. I think it's easy to say that the man himself would have been proud of the cocktail collection that was created in his honour.
Hilton London Tower Bridge
5 More London Place
Review: Cafe Mish, Mayfair, London
Mish is delish!
You can't beat a hot roast sandwich! Café Mish is a welcome addition to the marvellous array of cafes and pubs that are scattered around the Shepard’s Market, in the heart of Mayfair, London. Opened in August 2015, ‘Mish’s’ friendly and attentive staff have been serving customers delicious roast sandwiches, with fresh meats delivered daily. In collaboration with ‘The Bread Factory,’ these hot roast sandwiches are topped off with the highest quality ingredients and the freshest of breads.
I tried the medium sized ‘Roast Angus', peppered roast rib of beef with homemade horseradish’ and wild rocket (£10.25), with a side of ‘mish slaw’ (£1.75).
I was pleasantly greeted with a juiciest of steak sandwiches one could hope for. The flavours of the meat belted through, with the sharpness of horseradish complementing the Heaven that was held within my hands.
If you are wanting a quick bite and are in the area, then look no further, Café Mish is the place to be!
1A Shepherd Street
The Arts Theatre Club, Soho
Enjoy quirky cocktails and a lesson in red decor in this small and seductive bar...
When I stepped into The Arts Theatre Club, the lyrics from the Police's 80s hit 'Roxanne' - 'you don't have to put on the red light' - played in my head as I took in the very red surroundings. Upon first glance, the bar looks a bit like an opium den come massage parlour (it is Soho after all), but there's nothing seedy about this basement drinking den.
The Victorian Variety cocktail menu here is small but packs a powerful punch with a selection of unique cocktails to appease all tastes. As it was our first visit, the manager kindly guided us through the menu to provide us with a bit of steer on which cocktails we might best like based on our spirit and taste preferences.
Given my love for tequila, I started with the Deadwood Dick, a spicy concoction comprised of jalepeno-infused Patron Silver tequila, agave, Grand Marnier, and fresh limes (a bit like a margarita with a fiery kick). Not for the fainthearted, the heat really comes through, making it great for those who like it hot!
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