The Bars

Lyaness Second Menu is Mind-Blowing – Literally

Lyaness Second Menu is Mind-Blowing – Literally

How Ryan Chetiyawardana and his team can transform yeast (Golden Levain) into one ingredient that forms the basis of their new cocktail menu at Lyaness, is a mystery to me. Tasting it in one of their “suggested serves” is a mind-blowing experience and, how it […]

Hail to the new American-themed menu at the American Bar in the Stafford Hotel

Hail to the new American-themed menu at the American Bar in the Stafford Hotel

Oh, say can you see – the American Bar in the Stafford Hotel has a new cocktail menu and it’s all about the US of A.  Invoking the American Dream, the team at the Stafford, led by my friend and one of the first guests […]

Bluebird Chelsea this Christmas

Bluebird Chelsea this Christmas

Bluebird Chelsea has been transformed into Narnia with three new heated wooden chalets and a slew of Christmas decorations, making their courtyard even more inviting this holiday season. I felt as if I were whisked away to Chamonix, instead of right here on King’s Road. I had […]

Oslo – the Scandi bar in Hackney Central, London

Oslo – the Scandi bar in Hackney Central, London

I’m sure I heard someone toast skál as Brad, my barman, handed me my lingonberry-rimmed Arctic Martini. Where am I again? Five years ago, Oslo sprung up from the ruins of the old Hackney Central train station ticket hall, originally designed by Victorian Architect Edwin […]

Aster, London – Their Absolut Sorbet Cocktail Menu all summer long

Aster, London – Their Absolut Sorbet Cocktail Menu all summer long

The Cypriot and I having been feeling the heat. It was easy to tempt us with an invitation that read alcoholic, sorbet and cocktail! Aster, the Nordic-French restaurant and bar in Victoria is collaborating with Swedish brand, Absolut Elyx, to create London’s first Absolut sorbet […]

Bunga Bunga Battersea, London

Bunga Bunga Battersea, London

”An Englishman’s Italian, Bar, Pizzeria and Karaoke” Deriving its name from Italy’s most titillating joke, Bunga Bunga is Battersea’s most tongue-in-cheek pizzeria, bar and late night karaoke venue that serves authentic cuisine in a vibrant space dedicated to Italy’s finest icons. The interior features additional quirky […]

Bottles, London

Bottles, London

BOTTLES is a new Italian wine bar in historic Old Spitalfields Market. From the co-founders of Bottles & Battles in Mercato Metropolitano, who have teamed up with pop-up restaurant concept, SOOD Family, BOTTLES combines Italian warmth with London edge, creating a relaxed and buzzy space […]

Cocktail Bars Around the World

Cocktail Bars Around the World

There are so many cocktail bars in this world, but sometimes one just serves up the right combination of ambiance, conversation and perfect drink to make you want to return over and over. I know I have a few: Harry’s Bar in Venice, The Stafford […]

Alcotraz – London’s First Prison Cocktail Bar

Alcotraz – London’s First Prison Cocktail Bar

This winter, Londoners are invited to experience the city’s first prison-inspired cocktail bar, Alcotraz, having launched on 28th September for three months. This experiential drinking pop-up takes guests, or more appropriately, inmates to an exciting world of mischief, as they smuggle-in liquor to be used […]

Cocktails for the Elephant Family charity!

Cocktails for the Elephant Family charity!

The myth is that Elephant-headed, Hindu God Ganesha was created from Shiva’s laughter – how romantic is that?  Known as the Remover of Obstacles and the Lord of Letters and Learning, Ganesha is beloved by all Hindu denominations. This month, you can also invoke his […]