So it was the weekend of epiphany, the 1st weekend of January, the 1st weekend back home for many after the fun and festivities of Christmas and New Year’s; the weekend the decorations finally had to be stripped, and discarded sorry looking trees lined the pavements. Did we choose to wallow, and weep and swear we wouldn’t eat, drink or be merry for the rest of January like so many others claim as their top resolution…Hell No!!
After living out of a miniature 1-wheeled suitcase for 2 weeks, I was ready to embrace being back in London with Full Force; being away from home this Xmas really made me appreciate how diverse, thriving and endlessly cool the city I call home is (and how much I love my own bed!).
First stop was a trip to our new (now) fave local Brooks and Gao for a delicious late lunch of Aberdeen Angus steak focaccia, and an expert latte-an excellent antidote to what felt like months living on cold cuts, cheese and crackers. The vibe is slick industrial decor, concrete walls, and quirky details like the Worcester Cathedral spoon-which was eerily apt as Chris is from Worcester! Next up was a much needed dose of CL.AM research so we headed to Camden Passage in Angel, browsing the antique stalls and favourites like Present&Correct and Smug which houses a host of amazing independent artists, and designers from fashion, to stationery to interiors.
After touring Upper Street, we were flagging slightly, so popped into 69 Colebrooke Row for an impromptu restorative cocktail; and we were certainly not disappointed. The 20s-esque interior is fairly small and unassuming with cocktails devised by master mixer Tony Conigliaro, we went for a delicious Royal Oak and St James’ Gate and were brought complimentary nibbles and Prairie Oysters which is a rare treat in a London speakeasy style cocktail bar!
Thoroughly restored and after a bout of Xmas voucher spending, we were in the mood for more cocktails so decided to stop at Brixton Village on the way home and were V excited to find that Rosie’s Deli Cafe had turned into Sean’s bar by night. The place was packed with a super selection of soul music making for a great Sat night atmosphere, and cocktails, wine and nibbles will be served every Thurs-Sat 6-11pm.
In love with London all-over again!
Clockwise: Brooks&Gao, 69 Colebrooke Row, Sean’s Bar, SMUG
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