I absolutely love turning up somewhere not knowing what to expect, only to end up having a fun-packed evening filled with a string of surprises. This happened a few weeks ago when Suze from The Luxury Columnist invited me to visit Buddha-Bar in Knightsbridge with her.
I absolutely adore Suze so I already knew the night was going to be great fun. What I hadn’t anticipated were the fantastic cocktails served by the charming bar staff; the tuna tartare with a hint of truffles that wowed both Suze and I; and the wonderful atmosphere that happens regularly with Buddha-Bar’s 1001 Nights.
1001 Nights is an evening of belly dancing where the diners are also taken by the music and the whole basement part of the restaurant truly comes to life as we are transported into the tales of the Arabian Nights. Some diners head to the dance floor, others stand up to dance by their tables, and some even create their own stage by standing on their chair. When those professional belly dancers step through the door, the evening becomes charged.
This was my first visit to a Buddha-Bar – a name that can be found all around the world, from Prague to Manila and from New York to Monaco. The first one opened in Paris in 1997 and many years later the London bar and restaurant serves fusion cuisine and experimental cocktails that are spectacles in themselves.
The cocktail we started the night with was the Bubble Wap, a signature cocktail that included strawberry & raspberry puree, rose liquor, elderflower liquor, with touch of Belvedere vodka and topped up with Champagne – which I absolutely loved. I also had a lychee martini at the bar which also didn’t disappoint.
Buddha-Bar is now on my radar as somewhere to drop in for a good cocktail when catching up with a friend and their 1001 Nights is definitely something I’d recommend for a refreshingly fun night.
Buddha-Bar London, 145 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7PA