Cocktails in London

We decided a week or so ago to spend a day in London, sampling some cocktails as we usually just have a few drinks in the pubs. I thought I would share where we went if anyone else was interested to try them.

First off we went to Selfridge’s which used to have a lovely little bar, called Gordon’s. Unfortunately this is no more and scuppered our first “port of call”. Thankfully, with the use of technology we found some new places, the first of which was “Mews of Mayfair“. As it was a nice afternoon we sat outside – we didn’t venture inside but looking at the pictures it looks amazing.

We ordered a charcuterie sharing plate, with a side of wasabi peas and a cocktail each. Nothing to falter here at all; the meats were of very high quality and the cocktails perfectly mixed.

 

 

From here we then moved to Aqua rooftop bar. Very swish, on the 5th floor and it shares the floorspace with their Japanese restaurant. Good cocktail menu, and not too £££ compared to others (mainly around £10-14 compared to £18+). When we arrived (mid-afternoon) it was quiet and the 2 bartenders were quick to get our drinks ready. Unfortunately that soon changed when a few more people arrived. Having 2 bartenders just wasn’t enough; taking the orders, taking the card/payments, mixing the drinks. It soon fell apart and people were complaining. As it happened sat next to me was Melanie Sykes, off the TV and Radio. She wasn’t very happy at all and had a go at the female bartender who, unfortunately, didn’t respond in the “proper” way and this made things a bit worse. Suffice to say we waited around 10 minutes to pay our bill and we had just the one there.

 

 

At this point of the day we were getting hungry and on a recommendation of a fellow foodie tweeter we ventured to Zedel’s Brasserie. Definitely worth a visit if you are in London and in the area. You enter via the cafe area and then descend into the subterranean rooms; going lower and almost back in time. Beautiful decor, a vast restaurant with excellent service and food, and a cracking cocktail bar to boot! I had snails as my starter; very nice. Followed by Ribeye steak, french fries and creamed spinach; perfectly cooked steak, non-greasy fries. Dessert was a Pistachio and Cherry Vacherin with ice cream – crunchy and chewy meringue, with a pistachio filling, ice cream on top with cherries – bloomin’ lovely! They also have good European beer on tap too. Mini had chicken liver pate; good taste, smooth texture followed by chicken with pasta and a champagne sauce; moist chicken and an incredible sauce – flavoursome, deep, long lasting taste. Highly recommended. After eating we walked through the lobby into their cocktail bar, Bar Americain. Simply devine place; Art Deco, comfy seats and booths, friendly staff and perfectly made cocktails.

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