‘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.
‘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:
And us both out on twitter here:
The print in my pic is available at:
‘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.
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.
132 Lower Marsh