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Some of my best nights have ended at VQ because there’s nothing better than piling into a black cab from Soho and heading back to Chelsea with friends, deciding to stop off at VQ for one last drink to err, try and sober up at four in the morning.

Previously called Vingt-Quatre and now abbreviated to simply VQ, this 24-hour establishment has had a bit of a revamp and I really like it.

Popping in the other day for lunch reminded that I used to always come here for brunch for hungover Sundays. And looking around, I could see that there were a few people who were also popping in for casual meetings or alone with their laptops. I had almost forgotten that VQ literally meant 24 hours and not just after hours, which is why it’s so legendary.

For lunch, my friend and I tried the kedgeree, the bubble & squeak as well as the sweet potato fries.

The amount of times I’ve stumbled in and ordered a burger or something appropriate to soak up the night’s cocktails. But in the cold light of day, my friend and I decided to go for something lighter.

Still, we didn’t shy away from trying VQ’s brownie.

On the side, we sipped freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee.

I love that VQ’s had a new lease of life because it’s reminded me of what’s on my doorstep. Admittedly, I hadn’t been in a while before the facelift but I’m definitely planning to head back soon again. Look out for my tweets! 😉

 

Earlier this afternoon, after a late lunch at Mori, I popped into Peter Jones for dessert and some air-con. I headed upstairs and grabbed a table by the window for the real reason I decided to go to the 6th floor, the view.

In the middle of the midweek afternoon, the place had quite a few locals and shoppers grabbing afternoon tea: a simple slice of cake and a cuppa. Though of course, I opted for the low-calorie option: jelly and sparkling water. It was too hot to contemplate anything else.

And for my favourite part …

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