Monthly Archives: April 2014

Purl – London Speakeasy!

After hearing great things about Purl we decided to book a table for two to check out the now famous cocktails on offer in this 1960s inspired London Speakeasy.

We arrived at Purl – tucked away underground and was greeted by what can only be described as a bouncer who ticked our name of his clipboard and allowed us downstairs, entering the speakeasy!

Once inside we were shown to our table – which was a small two seater table located opposite the larger group tables. We were given our menus and given time to make our choices – time which we needed given the amount of amazing sounding drinks listed.

Purl Menu

The decor is very opulent, romantic, and very 1960’s inspired – people arriving after us came in glamorous costume donning feathers in their hair and flapper dresses.

So we decide to try a mix of the cocktails on offer. First up we ordered a ‘Gin & It’ as the name suggests was a gin cocktail. It came served with a marmalade candy floss which I was instructed to eat before drinking the cocktail to get the best experience!

Purl cocktails
‘ Gin and It’ & ‘My Hyde No 3’

We then ordered the ‘Mr Hyde No 3’ which was a very scientific looking drink presented in a smoking bottle. This was a whisky based cocktail which is raved about by gentlemen across London!

After sitting with our drinks for a while (they are quite strong!) we decided we wanted to try ‘A nice cup of char’ but this was unfortunately not available! We then decided to try ‘NegrOily’ another gin based cocktail served in an oil drum with a spherified black olive on top.

NgerOily Purl
NgerOily cocktail

The cocktail itself was lovely but the serving wasn’t quite as suggested – the oil drum being just a glass – however this certainly didn’t distract from the taste and quality of the drink!

We would 100% recommend Purl for couples as a romantic drinks venue, especially people open to trying new cocktail concoctions and especially for larger groups of people looking for a different sort of drinks experience in London!

Purl is incredibly sophisticated with a glamorous 1960s feel with amazing cocktails too – a fab find in London!



Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Olympic Pool – Stratford

So last weekend I ventured to the opening of the Olympic Park in Stratford – I was particularly interested in the Aquatics Centre as I have a keen interest in swimming.

On arrival everything was extremely well sign posted – straight from the platform at the Jubilee line which was handy for first time visitors.

On arrival at the pool we noticed how extremely busy it was – not unexpected considering the buzz around the opening.

The pool was actually though hosting a biathlon competition for London school children and the stands were full of excited parents rooting for their off spring.

There are three pools available to use – one is the 50m Competition pool which was being used for the biathlon –  which has a massive seating area rising high above the pool – making it the perfect place to host competitions – something you would expect from the Olympic pool. At the far end of the pool is the diving section forming pool number two- so people can proudly proclaim they have swam in the same pool as the likes of Tom Daley!

Olympic Park pool

The third pool is slightly smaller than the Competition pool and less deep – it is the perfect pool for family swimming sessions or length training. The pool is split in to a few different sections – when we went there was length training, swim for all the family and swimming lessons taking place.

The pools are extremely well designed and are exceptionally modern – feeling like you are walking in to a giant spaceship or something out of this world!

All in all the new Aquatics Centre has everything you could need from modern changing rooms, great options for swimming for all ages, a cafe, fantastic viewing areas and generally a fantastic atmosphere!