Category Archives: London Bars

Feeling like Stars at The Alchemist

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Feeling like Stars at The Alchemist

Although I’m not keen on singing in public a lot of my friends just love it, so as soon as I found out that one of my favourite pubs in London, The Alchemist, was hosting a Rockaoke Night, I just had to get them down there.

I rang up Elena, the Sales Manager for the pub to book us a table, and I’m glad I did – it was PACKED! Clearly there are a lot of stars on the rise in Houndsditch.  We sat down at our table and ordered some nibbles to start, along with a few gorgeous Cocktails to kick start the night.

Although it’s not my bag, the Rockaoke was awesome!

It was like karaoke, but instead of singing with a pre-prepared song without the words you sang with a LIVE BAND! There were some brilliant acts, as well as some that, let’s just say, should maybe stick with the day job! My friends had a go at the end of the night when the crowds had thinned a little and they said it was just amazing.

I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for more Rockaoke nights to check out – if they are anything like the one at The Alchemist they are simply not to be missed!

‘Tis the Season, is it?

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‘Tis the Season, is it?

So while I was at Cape Wood St enjoying some tasty cocktails, I was told that Cape in St Katherine’s Docks will be hosting a Christmas Taster Event on the 11th September. Christmas in September? I had to see what this was all about. A couple of my friends were interested in sorting out a Christmas Party so I took them along for the ride.

Well, when we walked into the bar we instantly felt more festive. The bar had been decorated tastefully with Christmas decorations and fairly lights and we were greeted with a glass of mulled wine which definitely got us in the mood for Christmas.

Then in came the food. Boards stacked with Smoked Salmon on Rye Bread and Thyme Baked Brie with Garlic Toast came out to greet us. The Salmon was delicious and the Brie was perfectly cooked and creamy. My favourite was the Christmas on a Stick, which was exactly what it says on the tin, bits of chicken, potato, stuffing and Vegetables popped on a stick and covered in cranberry sauce. Perfect!

In the corner was a giant cardboard Santa, holding the message that if we book our Christmas Party on selected dates we could get 25% off! Now that’s definitely worth a kiss!

All in all I had a great time at Cape and I am already looking forward to the festive season. Well done guys! Loved it!

Shaking it up at 5 o’Clock!

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Shaking it up at 5 o’Clock!

Now, it’s been a while since we last spoke, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a whole lot going on in the party world.

Take last week for instance, a little birdie told me that the Cape Bar on Wood Street were launching their 5 o’clock club, so I had to check it out.

I knew launch night would be rammed, so I rang up Cape’s Party Planner, the lovely Ashleigh and got myself and my friends on the guest list ready for a great night.

And what a night it was! Turns out we could get our hands on 2 Cocktails for the price of 1, so naturally we took full advantage. My friend LOVES Blue Lagoons so went straight for that. It looked amazing! So blue and refreshing! I opted for the Little Miss Sunshine, simply because I am! It was delicious, the perfect blend of Mango, Passion Fruit and Orange Juice – I would definitely recommend!

The upstairs mezzanine area had been kept solely for the 5 o’clock club, giving the whole thing an amazing feeling of exclusivity. We certainly felt like V.I.P’s!

We had a great time, and it certainly helped us wind down after a day in the office! I would definitely check this out if I were you; I know I will be back for more! Check out their Cocktail Menu and decide what you’ll be having first!

Cocktail Alchemy

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Cocktail Alchemy

Very few things in life give me as much pleasure, enjoyment and excitement as a cocktail. These little glasses of alcoholic alchemy are the best way to kick start a night out. I could spend a good 30 minutes nursing a cocktail in the sunshine over a long lunch with good company.

It is rare and momentous occasion when I take a lunch break but I managed to squeeze an hour’s lunch break this week. What can I say; the sun was calling me like a Greek Siren!

I work very close to The Alchemist and I have blogged about this particular pub a few times before. In my opinion, they can do no wrong. Perma thumbs up for Alchemist!

When asked “Would you like to see our cocktail menu” I pretty much snatched the menu from the poor bar girl and let my eyes pour over the menu. I opted for a French Martini, and my fellow cocktail drinkers went for a Bayou Fruit Cup and a Grass Hopper.  Three absolute crackers and all perfect for sipping in the sun over pasta and fresh salads.

French Martini (right): Vodka and Pineapple Juice mixed with Raspberry Liqueur and shaken into a Martini flute served with an orange peel. Utterly DELICIOUS. 9/10. It would have got a 10/10 if I just could have had another one!  Good price at £5.95 too.

Bayou Fruit Cup (centre): Tall cocktails are just the epitome of summer time and I may have just found something to challenge the classic Pimm’s. Berries, Southern Comfort, Martini and topped up with Ginger Ale. OH MY DAYS it was good. Like summer in a glass! Also a bargain at £5.95

Grasshopper (left): I have had these before. A big must for fans of mint Aero’s and the like. It consists of Chocolate and Mint Liqueur shaken with Cream. So naughty but SO GOOD! Once again, £5.95 a glass.

All in all, a GREAT afternoon of cocktailing. Alchemist, you will be seeing me again soon!

Check out the rest of The Alchemists cocktail menu here.

Bonobo, Burlesque, Brilliance

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Hello Party Princesses!

I’ve been a little quiet now and feel like I’ve neglected you all but I’m back with the tales of my travels and with a cracker of a party!

You may have seen my post about the Gate London – I went along, had a great time but forgot my camera and felt like a class idiot….top marks to me! WELL, I got an invite last week from the Party Planner at The Gate telling me about a Bonobos Charity Burlesque and Cabaret fundraiser and couldn’t really turn it down! Love a bit of burlesque and thankfully I took my camera this time.

Bonobos are often referred to as “the forgotten ape” but these beauts are so bloody cute! How can you not share a grin with this fella!

Burlesque nights are always an excuse to release my inner Ditta and glam up! Deep red shoes and lipstick – Check, blue leopard print waist nipping dress – Check!

Glancing over the line-up, it fair to say we were in for a treat! Burlesque dancers, exotic fan dancer’s country singers, belly dancers, retro singers and even a group of Cellists!

Niko - Party Planner for The Gate x

The pub was CHOCKA! Perhaps a little overfilled but everyone had got into the spirit and I actually ended up talking to some complete strangers and meeting lots a great people whilst being pressed against the bar!

The bar still had their “buy 2 glasses get the rest of the bottle free” promotion so of course I had to make the most of it….again!

Our first act of the night was the very funny and beautiful Ginger cupcake! She teased us with her cleaning come dancer show. Definitely gave us a few tips on how to remove our stockings and sexily remove the rubber gloves. Washing up will never be the same again!

Ginger Cupcake

In the words of Katy Perry – “Show me your Peacock” Here we have the exotic fan dancer who gave us a short but sweet show. I love her fans! 😉

Next up, a little Turkish delight (Sorry for the pun!) Belly dancing was oddly hypnotic; I wish I could twirl my hips like that.

The next act was by far my favourite of the night. The Massive Violins! A 5 piece Cello group. This is not your usual cello act though; you won’t find a Mozart number with these guys.

They rocked some classic pop songs from Queens, “bohemian rhapsody”, Jungle Books “Ape like you” and Johnny Cash classics but the surprise of the night was that 90’s school disco classic “Sex on the Beach”. My jaw hit the floor, it was incredible. Such a nice surprise and a massive round of applause! The singer – Camilla – blew the roof off The Gate, such a powerful voice for such a tiny girl!

Scores on the (royal) doors: 

Food and service:  Attentive staff so even though it was super busy you never had to wait more than few minutes
Atmosphere and decoration:  Giddy and very excitable
Facilities:  Spick and span. Could have done with more seats but we made do!
Talent Radar: From the young to the old, something for everyone!
Fun Factor: Over exposure to goodness!
Perfect for: EVERYTHING! I had the BEST time and hope there will be another one soon!
In 3 words: Bonobo, Burlesque, Brilliance

Visit the Bonobo website and The Gate’s Facebook for upcoming events

The Gate, Farringdon.

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Hellooo!

So this will be somewhat of a strange entry. I could give the long version but frankly it would bore you and I had view numbers to think of, so the short version is: Went to a pub, had a good time, took photos, lost photos, got mad, returned and took more photos!

So, yes, I went to The Gate in Farringdon Central/East London for a few pre-clubbing glasses of wine! This place do a great offer on wine – buy two large glasses of wine (red, white or rose) and get the rest of the bottle free! You really can NOT say anything bad about that can you. You also may find it difficult to turn your nose up at 50% off all food on a Monday. I know I do, I’m heading next Monday, already booked my table.

Normally I would link my pictures with funny incidents that occurred during the evening but seeing as my stupid computer lost all my photos I can’t! I CAN however show you photos of the pub itself and hopefully from those you can see what cute, homey and soulful pub it is. So put your hands together as we introduce, The Gate!

Cute fairy lights look lovely against the dark wood

Scores on the (royal) doors: 

Food and service:  Friendly and fast service.
Atmosphere and decoration:  Very relaxed and chilled out.
Facilities:  Had a hunt for toilet roll but everything was clean.
Talent Radar:  A few suit cladded cutesies
Fun Factor: This place will be great in the summer with a cider in the sun.
Perfect for: Wine, pre clubbing drinks, friendly meet ups
In 3 words: Great wine deals!

For other reviews, check out View London, Qype, Yelp and All In London. If 50% off food floats your boat or if you want to make use of that fantastic Wine promotion, click these guys, they will set you on the right track – Party in the Pub.

Bacardi Cocktail Testing

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Bacardi Cocktail testing

I love a good cocktail….how can you not! I always feel so girly and some cocktails look like mini works of art. My personal cocktail fav is an appletini or peach bellini. So when I heard that one of my favourite pubs had a new cocktail menu, I just HAD to try them. It would be rude not to really wouldn’t it!

Venue: The Vineyard, very close to Angel tube station, and it’s a cute little pub, perfect on these horrifically cold evenings.

The new cocktail list looked very tasty; I was torn between a couple of new recipes. The Velvet Elvis was calling to me. Apparently it’s a favourite at Justin Timberlake’s restaurant ‘Southern Hospitality’ in Memphis Tennessee. The menu promised it would rock my taste buds with a mixture of Jack Daniels, raspberry liqueur and topped up with lemonade and fresh lemon juice. I’m not a huge fan of Jack Daniels so decided against it in the end – it does crazy things to me!

There were 3 Bacardi based cocktails which were made to be shared with friends, as I had brought a couple of lovely ladies with me; I thought sharing would be good. There was one other factor which made me go for the Bacardi cocktails…they were served in suitcases and welly boots!!

Anything served in a weird in-animate object and I’m there! So we picked the Spiced Raspberry Mojito, which was made up of Chambord black raspberry liqueur and Bacardi Oakheart spiced rum, fresh mint and fresh-pressed lime juice topped with refreshing soda. Sounds yummy but it tasted even better! I could have drunk the whole case myself. I would give the raspberry mojito a solid 9/10.

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I LOVE raspberries, the only reason it’s not a 10 is because I want MOOOOOOORE! The case it comes it is really awesome, so different, I’ve never seen something like that before and I can see why they asked for £30 deposit before you ordered it which of course I promptly got back when I returned it empty at the bar…..with a heavy heart – It would look so cool in my flat.

Gone!

The second cocktail was the Bacardi Spiced Ginger Mojito which was made using Bacardi Oakheart spiced rum with fresh mint and fresh-pressed lime juice topped with fiery Ginger Beer.

Booty-licious (that was a cheesy caption sorry!)

Again, I don’t normally like ginger beer but the girls in my party did, and they seemed to love it. It wasn’t my fav but it was quite nice one to share, I wouldn’t drink a whole welly myself, (there’s one sentence I thought I’d never say!) I give the Spiced Ginger a 7/10, nice and fizzy with a good kick but ginger beer isn’t really my bag or boot!

xx PP xx