Evans and Peel Detective Agency

Bars, London, Restaurants

Image‘Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness’- Bryant H. McGill

Sometimes I like knowing something that no one else knows about. Selfish and very hipster sure. Evans and Peel Detective Agency succeeds in creating that feeling even though it is now a well established little speak easy in Earls Court.

I love that you have to create a story that you want the Agency to investigate on your behalf, and then have to continue the story when you arrive at the ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ front door. It all adds to the drama and spontaneity that I often feel we lack on a day to day basis. That little buzz of excitement and anticipation and then the acceptance into the fold, into the bar itself.

Once you’re in you can relax get on to what is really important, the food and drink. Tasty snacks and inventive, generous cocktails, I was impressed. I’m also a fan of the cosy murky vibe, the fact that you are closer than you would usually choose to be to your company and to other groups. There’s a sense of everyone sharing in the collective experience, the community. I completely lost track of time down there, a feeling I relish in the ever busy lives I now lead.

Check this one out. Something a little different and above all a fun night out.

http://www.evansandpeel.com/

@evansandpeel

@rimapatel7

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The London Gin Club

Bars, Events, London, Pub

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‘You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred’- Woody Allen

Gin lovers unite! In honor of World Gin Day this Saturday (yes it is a thing, google it), I want to delve into my memory to a couple of months ago where I took a little trip to the unassuming ‘The Star at Night’ pub just off Oxford Street. I love gin, but I have very little knowledge about the subject so my evening here was eye-opening!

Luckily my companion was a regular so did all the ordering for us. We sampled a tasting menu and tried a couple others selections too. The menu was helpfully broken down into sections so the novice like myself knew what I was getting myself into.

The gin arrived in dinky little bottles, each with its own matched garnishes. Bold copa glasses, ice and tonic all served separately so we could mix and match to our satisfaction. The lovely staff were helpful and knowledgeable, which added to the overall experience.

Genuinely, I had no idea that there could be so much variation in gin! From the sweet, to the spicy to the completely unusual and savoury.  Delicious and a great way to while away an evening. Very sophisticated.. Thanks for the great evening guys.

Check out their blog here:

http://thelondonginclub.com/

And us both out on twitter here:

@londonginclub

@rimapatel7

The print in my pic is available at:

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/oflifeandlemons/product/gin-is-liquid-sanity-print

Yauatcha

Bars, London, Restaurants

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I am always doing things I can’t do — that’s how I get to do them.
– Pablo Picasso – See more at: http://www.verybestquotes.com/try-something-new-quotes/#sthash.KVAhZyJb.dpuf

‘I am always doing things I can’t do – That is how I get to do them’- Pablo Picasso

Now for a treat. I’ve been lucky enough to dine at Yauatcha twice now and both times have been exceptional. Falling under the Hakkasan Group, there is similar focus on style, luxury, quality and delicious food. Although, situated about a stones throw away from SOHOs biggest sex shop, Yauatcha has endured in its unassuming corner on Broadwick St for a decade, understandably so.

The moment you walk in the service is almost overwhelming, there are hostesses, waiters, waitresses, bar staff, what seems to be general overseers, all immaculately presented and there to cater to your every need.

We tried a whole range of dim sum all as exciting and delicately balanced as the next. There has obviously been a lot of thought and skill into every thing on the menu, all adding to the Yauatcha experience. The cocktails are also wild and creative, worth exploring a few over an evening for sure! The deserts. Wow, the deserts. If you have space after the dim sum and the numerous cocktails, you have to try one of the equally well executed puds. We went for the macaroons, amazing.

Its rare to find a place that ticks every one of my personal boxes when it comes to dining, but this place does. You do pay for the experience, which is why it is most definitely a treat! However, they have some signature menus for both lunch and dinner, which may minimise the hit to your pocket. If you’re looking to impress or you have a special occasion coming up, Yauatcha would be on my list.

Check out there website here:

http://www.yauatcha.com

interestingly enough, they have another restaurant in India. A big hit!

You can keep an eye on Yauatcha and myself on twitter here:

@rimapatel7

@yauatcha

Scooter Caffe & Leake Street Grafitti

Bars, London

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‘I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened’ – Mark Twain

I got taken to the quirky little Scooter Caffe last week. A coffee shop come bar, it served well as post work escape from the madness across the river in the hubbub of London. Turn a corner from Waterloo tube, and wonder through the marvel in itself that is Leake Street. A legal space for grafitti artists to leave their mark, it has taken on a life of its own. There must be hundreds of individual bits all vying for space, competing for attention.

On any given day you’re likely to walk past someone leaving their mark, unleashing their creativity in the space or often, the other side of the coin, painting over old works to make way for something new, different. Creation, destruction. Deeeep. Also its just really cool! Some real talent, great use of colour and just really fun to look at. A little hidden treasure. There should be more spaces where people can be freely creative, not just hidden away me thinks.

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Back to the Scooter Caffe! To me it would have fit right in down a tucked away street in the East village in New York, but we are lucky enough to have it here. Amazing coffee, cheap beer (£3.50 a bottle), a little beer garden of sorts, a million different trinkets and mismatch furnishings. If you’re ever near Waterloo and looking for a something different, away from the crowds with a chilled and friendly atmosphere, I highly recommend.

Address:

132 Lower Marsh
London
SE1 7AE