dress: McGinn, jacket: Leifsdottir, shoes: Zara, bracelet: J.Crew
LAB, which stands for London Academy of Bartenders, was founded to create a training school for bartenders in the 90′s. That lasted for about 3 years and lucky us its doors remained open as a bar. Their menu is a book (that has a table of contents) with 93 drinks listed as one amazing description after another (that is not even counting the standards i.e. negroni that you can order off menu). I just popped in briefly as it is located directly across the street from La Bodega Negra. I was intrigued from the street by its 70′s inspired decor and rule that there are no ties allowed (which I saw enforced at the door). Our drinks were both delicious and very reasonably priced for the area. Most custom cocktail bars get away with charging almost double the prices at LAB. They even offer a small menu of Japanese dishes and sushi. (amazing!) If you are keen on picking up some sweet skills yourself they host private classes for groups (8-15 people). I’m on it. Who’s with me? Cheers!
Negroni & Honey Drizzle Swizzle, both £7.50 (peekaboo)
Address: 12 Old Compton St, London W1D 4TQ
Telephone: 0207 4377 820
Hours: Monday through Saturday 4:00pm to 12:00am, Sunday 4:00pm to 10:30pm
Bow chicka bow wow…. Serge Becker, the man behind NYC restaurant La Esquina, has brought his magic touch to London and opened a Mexican den of iniquity (if you decided to judge a book by its cover). Yes that is the entrance. No I am not quitting my day job. Once inside, and you make it past the dapper gatekeeper, you descend into the restaurant which is set in a spacious brick cellar. The classy and intimate surroundings clearly juxtapose the racy entrance.
We dined at the restaurant on the third day of its opening week as they geared up for their first Friday night. The service was relaxed, attentive and friendly and the food was just as I remembered in NYC, delicious. Some standouts were the prawn taco, the tuna tostadita and of course the corn…. the Mexican version of creamed corn on a stick with a bit of a kick. As authentic Mexican food is hard to come by in London, place your reservations now. It is going to be big once word gets out that the sex shop really offers up carnal pleasures of the palate. If dining space in the restaurant is unavailable there is a more informal cafe and taqueria around the corner where you can order food for take away. Cheers!
prawn taco & char roasted mushroom taco (£3.00 each)
Guacamole, Crab and Tuna Tostaditas (£4.00 each)
scallop ceviche with mango and jalapeno (£11.00)
grilled corn with Crema Mexicana & fresh herbs & spices (£6.00)
Restaurant Address: 9 Old Compton St, London W1D 5JF
Hours: Monday through Saturday 6:00PM to 1:00AM
Sunday 6:00PM to11.30PM
Telephone: 0207 758 4100
Happy Monday! The weather is slowly starting to warm up here in London but there is still a lingering coolness in the morning hours that sends me shivering back into my flat for a jacket. When wanting to incorporate your silky spring blouses into the rotation, but are hesitant for fear of freezing, try layering a top underneath for extra warmth and maybe even in a mismatched pattern for an added visual punch. Checks and florals? yes please! Nothing says hey Spring, where is Summer like a pair of white denim as well. Have a great day! Cheers!
denim: Zara, checked shirt: J.Crew, blouse: Anthropoloige, jacket: Alice & Olivia, shoes: Belle by Sigerson Morrison, necklace: H&M, bag: Louis Vuitton