After the raging success of their October-long Veuve Clicquot pop-up, Bullion Bar at The Mint, the Trippas White Group have cleverly relaunched the space with another bubbling golden liquid. Luckily I was on hand for the launch of their Moët & Chandon pop-up, as there were countless gold-plated goblets of Moët & Chandon Impérial to be consumed!
Royal Albert Hotel
If you’re not into cavernous pubs that aim to cater to everyone (and sometimes end up making nobody feel at home) check out this back-street local. Sure, it was quick to jump on the dumpling train, but with the dust having settled on the proverbial hanging birdcages and bike; it shines brightly as an intimate public house where beer lovers unite.
The Eastern has grown up: El Topo, Chimmi’s and The Publican offer relaxed dining and drinks, while Anatoli is sophisticated, with elegant Greek food in a fine dining setting. As the middle child, it’s a little neglected, but it could have been the rain - Greek food is great for cold nights!
One Six Eight Restaurant & Bar
After growing to love Chef Leigh McDivitt’s cooking during his five-year stint at my local, the 3 Weeds Hotel, I was quick to visit his first solo venture in the vicinity of Observatory Hill. The unusual location offers diners the opportunity to make business lunches a bit more exciting, with whimsical dishes like Duck Prosciutto ($18) arriving with octopus, broccoli and shaved duck yolk on a blood orange cloud (read: marshmallow).