Bars

London-Bars

A short while ago I revisited The Bloomsbury, a hotel which I used to consider to be one of the greatest hidden gems in the heart of London. The reason for my return was to visit The Bloomsbury Club Bar. I’ve always been a huge fan of this bar where I have tried some of the best cocktails in London.

Thing is, this place isn’t much of a secret now especially after its revamp – and I for one am very pleased.

We started the evening  inside, perched on stools, where we tried cocktails such as: The Roger Fry; Vanessa Bell; Duncan Grant; Desmond McCarthy; Lytton Strachey; and of course Virginia Woolf. As the various concoctions flowed, so did the stories. And each drink was as distinctive as the next. Conversations with the mixologists are definitely something I’d recommend here. You’ll be enraptured by what you hear.

The Bloomsbury Club, Dalloway Terrace, The Bloomsbury Hotel

The Bloomsbury Club, Dalloway Terrace, The Bloomsbury Hotel

The Bloomsbury Club, Dalloway Terrace, The Bloomsbury Hotel

The Bloomsbury Club, Dalloway Terrace, The Bloomsbury HotelThe Bloomsbury Club, Dalloway Terrace, The Bloomsbury Hotel

After, we moved outside onto the terrace where the fairy lights sparkled and it felt like we were ensconced in our own private cocktail world. Here we heard more stories that inspired the other cocktails we tried: The Clive Bell; E.M Forster; John Maynard Keynes; Leonard Woolf, and still we were all enthralled while our tastebuds enjoyed a literary adventure of a lifetime.

Here is the full menu to give you the fuller flavours of The Bloomsbury Club Bar’s fantastic range of cocktails.

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The Bloomsbury Club, Dalloway Terrace, The Bloomsbury Hotel

The whole experience was wonderful as I would have expected. And all I can say is if you are in the West End looking for a bar that serves great cocktails and has a special atmosphere then I have no hesitation in recommending The Bloomsbury Club Bar. I’m just so pleased their secret is finally out and I’m so sure the Bloomsbury set would have had a most fabulous time here.

The Bloomsbury Club Bar, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN.

Up until last month, it had been a while since I’d stepped into Sophie’s; for one reason or another, it was pretty safe to say that it had been over a year or almost two. For some of you, this doesn’t mean anything. For others, if you’ve been following me since the beginning, this is quite a huge deal.

Sophie’s is a stone’s throw away from home and I just about remember when it first opened. I had to be reminded some time ago though that Sophie’s had also saved Chelsea’s Beach from All-Bar-One’s permanent residence.

I digress.

The point about this post is that it’s good to be back. Recently, I popped into Sophie’s with the OH to grab a bite to eat, and was greeted by the familiar welcoming of Sophie’s board of salami, which I prefer to bread any day.

Sophie's SteakhouseWhen ordering from the menu, it’s difficult not to order a cocktail or more specifically one of their fabulous martinis. My current favourite is their classic cucumber and mint which is wonderfully refreshing and tasty.

Sophie's SteakhouseThis time round, we didn’t have starters. So for my main, I had the 10oz ribeye …

Sophie's Steakhouse… whilst the OH dived into a whole rack of BBQ ribs, which were pretty great.

Sophie's SteakhouseAnd no meal at Sophie’s would be complete without their hand cut chips and steak sauce.

Sophie's SteakhouseFor dessert, OH and I shared a brownie …

Sophie's Steakhouse… which we washed down with a delicious gift from Sophie and Rupert. Thanks guys!

Sophie's Steakhouse

See you again soon!

Sophie’s Steakhouse, 311-313 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9QH. 

If your tastebuds were tantalised by my post on Sake no Hana and if you are a regular reader of my blog, then there’s a strong likelihood that you might be interested in the drinks masterclasses which Sake no Hana’s bar is running.

Sake Hana

The ‘Straight Up’ masterclasses are priced at £30 per person and they take place on Tuesday evenings at Sake no Hana in Mayfair (6:30-8:30pm) as well as on Saturday afternoons at Hakkasan on Hanway Place.

The first session at Sake no Hana focused on Hendricks Gin with Duncan Rae …

Hendricks Gin

And the series of ‘Straight Up’ masterclasses on 9th July, 23rd July, 6th August, 13th August 2013, continue with:

  • Americano / Negroni cocktails and variations
  • Glenfiddich Malt Scotch Whisky (with Jamie Milne)
  • Margarita / Daiquiri and variations
  • Suntory Japanese Whisky and ice carving (with Zoran Peric)

On the following dates, Sake no Hana will also be running a series of Sake masterclasses:

  • 6th July
  • 3rd August
  • 7th September
  • 5th October

Each class will start at 11am and the half-day events will offer an introduction to the history of Japan’s national drink, an understanding of the culture of sake, with a particular focus on how and when to drink it.

You will be invited to try seven different types of sake and one umeshu – a traditional Japanese plum wine – followed by lunch at Sake no Hana’s sushi counter, for £60 per person.

Sake no Hana And on departure, you will also receive a gift bag to include a bottle of sake and kikichoko ‘snake eye’ sake cup. For more information on the masterclasses and to reserve a place, click here for Sake no Hana’s events page.

Who else can’t believe it’s May already? Where has the time flown? Well, it goes without saying that this is one of my favourite months of the year. With two bank holiday weekends, how can it not be? So here are my suggestions of what to do locally this month …

1. Why not kick off May with a Cinco De Mayo party at Barts this weekend?

CINCODEMAYO

2. And later this month, there’s of course Chelsea’s event of the year, The Chelsea Flower Show which will be running from 21st until 25th May. Here are some photos from two years ago and last year. Also, don’t forget that there is also Chelsea in Bloom (more photos) and Chelsea Fringe also happening this month.

3. And whilst The Chelsea Flower show is on, from Wednesday 22nd until Saturday 25th May (12pm – 8pm every day), The Botanist will be running an Oyster and Joseph Perrier Champagne Bar in Sloane Square, complete with daily performances from a string quartet. You can enjoy champagne by the glass, by the bottle, or as a cocktail.

4. The Great Gatsby will open at Curzon Chelsea on 16th May but you can buy tickets from 3rd May. I cannot wait for this film to be released and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it represents Baz Lurhmann’s return to form. Check out my post with a video interview of the director himself.

5. If you’re an aspiring designer, fashionista or budding entrepreneur, Jean Queen Donna Ida Thornton is set to hold a Careers Day on 3rd May. Donna will be available all day from 10am – 4pm to answer questions at Donna Ida Head Office near Notting Hill. Donna will be joined by a host of Donna Ida girls who will also be happy to answer any questions (including Online Content Editor Amelia Kanaris and Graphic Designer Kate Gorbunova). To join Donna and the Donna Ida girls you can visit their Head Office on Friday 3rd May from 10am – 4pm at Phoenix Brewery, 13 Bramley Road, London W10 6SP. Nearest tube is Latimer Road.

Finally, just to warn you, my posts this month will be a little thin on the ground. This month is going to be craaazzzzy. Well, maybe not that mad but enough to occupy a large chunk of my blogging time. But whilst posts trickle through in May, they will return to normal by mid-June. So keep your eyes peeled for updates on new posts on my Twitter feed or Facebook page. Enjoy May and have two awesome Bank Holidays!

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