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The Parlour Bar, Canary Wharf, London

The Parlour Bar, Canary Wharf, London

So last Friday night we visited The Parlour Bar located in bustling Canary Wharf, London. Friday night is the most popular night in Canary Wharf, as all the resident workers leave work for the weekend and visit the bars and restaurants that help Canary Wharf thrive.

The Parlour Bar is part of the Drake and Morgan franchise, and offers all day eating and drinking in a unique and stylish environment channeling a secret garden theme.

Location

Visiting on a Friday night is an experience, you get the hustle and bustle of Canary Wharf so you do have to queue for the bar or a table. Parlour Bar is located just a few minutes from Canary Wharf station, located on the Jubilee Line or the DLR.

The Parlour Bar, near Canary Wharf
The Parlour Bar, near Canary Wharf

Drinks

The drinks menu is extensive and offers a great mix of drinks ranging from wines, beers, cocktails and bubbly!

The cocktail menu excels itself, ranging from single classic drinks, to sharing cocktails, all the way to a cocktail served in a makeshift goldfish bowl! (Yes this is the one named goldfish in a bag!)

We sampled the sharing cocktail served in the bath tub ‘rub a dub shrub’ which tasted great and the serving was a great novelty finish, plus price wise split between four of us was really good value!

Parlour Bar Bath Tub Drinks!

Eating

Parlour also offers meals – breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner to be precise. We would highly recommend booking a table in advance as it does get pretty busy! The food itself is really good and we can’t fault the service at all. The dinner menu has plenty of choice and the atmosphere is great if you are looking for a lively night out!

The Parlour Bar, Canary Wharf is a great choice for a busy and lively night out and for after work drinks. The atmosphere is electric and the drinks are unique and quirky.

Indigo – One Aldwych

Birthday Brunch at Indigo!

For my birthday brunch myself and some friends decided to visit Indigo in the lovely Indigo restaurant of the One Aldwych hotel.

I found the website online after searching for ‘best brunch Covent Garden’. Although just a little bit away from Covent Garden and closer to Temple this was a great find!

The Indigo brunch menu looked great – two courses for £25, three courses for £30 and you can add unlimited prosecco for an extra £14. All details can be found here.

I booked two tables for our group as the online booking wouldn’t let me book one for 10 people.

A few days later when walking past Indigo, we decided to pop in and check the place out – they were so friendly and helpful once inside and even though the place was closed for service they allowed us upstairs to check out the restaurant. They let us pick where we wanted to sit and organised my bookings in to one so it was easier to manage.

Little did I know that my other half also organised some lovely surprises with them too – he found them really easy to deal with also.

On arrival on my birthday one of the first surprises was revealed! They had printed us special keep sake menus with my name and birthday inside – such a lovely touch for our brunch.

My personalise Indigo birthday menu!
My personalised birthday menu!

We then all decided to have two courses – a starter and a main – the food was lovely – and also opted for the unlimited prosecco option! Needless to say when they said unlimited they meant it! Great value for money! Our glasses weren’t ever empty before they were topping us back up!

Everyone commented about how great the place was and some friends even then booked for their birthdays!

View from our table Indigo
View from our table

After our mains we had a little time before they brought out the most beautiful pink cake with my name on! I felt like a princess and that I was being totally spoilt rotten! They even wrapped up what wasn’t eaten for us to take home.

My beautiful cake!
My beautiful cake!

Indigo and One Aldwych (and of course my other half who arranged this!) really made my birthday a truly special day and they now have a special place in my heart – it really was an experience that I will treasure for a lifetime!

Enjoying cake and prosecco at Indigo!
Enjoying cake and prosecco!

 

Madison Champagne Bar – One New Change

Madison Champagne Bar – THE place to go!

Looking for a really impressive after works drinks venue in London? Look no further than Madison Champagne Bar!

This stunning rooftop bar is located at the top of ‘One New Change’ which is a set of offices and shops located in London’s City district.

This sophisticated bar offers breathtaking views of St Paul’s Cathedral, The London Eye, Tate Modern and The Shard.

Specially designed in partnership with bar designer Mango, Madison Champagne Bar really makes great use of the space and features available.

The view across to St Pauls from Madison Champagne Bar!
The view across to St Paul’s

The bar was full of people who had finished work for the day from the surrounding City area and were enjoying the champagne that Madison is famous for.

We sampled a few of the cocktails on offer. All of which are fairly reasonably priced for Central London and the high end bar that Madison clearly is.

We tried the Kir Royale – the classic champagne cocktail, and also the Serendipity, a Madision favourite. Both were expertly made and the queue time at the bar was much to be expected on a busy night but the drinks were worth the wait!

Madison Champagne Bar is a must visit place for anyone looking for an elegant but lively after works drinks bar and also I would say simply because of the stunning views – a great place for a date but I’d recommend going in the early part of the week before the Thursday / Friday night rush 🙂

For more information on Madison Champagne Bar they have a website with all of their menus and a lovely gallery which shows off the amazing structure and breathtaking views!

Madison Champagne Bar gets pretty busy, especially on Friday nights so make sure you can cope with the crowd or call ahead to reserve a table maybe!

Radio Rooftop Bar – ME London Hotel

Radio Rooftop Bar – stunning views!

So everyone today is talking about the London Global Gift Gala hosted by Eva Longoria at the ME London Hotel last night!

The surprise of the night was the arrival of the hosts long-time BFF Victoria Beckham.

If you fancy visiting this lovely hotel I would suggest visiting the rooftop bar aptly named ‘Radio Rooftop Bar‘.

During busy times you may be required to book at table but during the day or week nights you should be able to just show up as they do operate a walk in policy.

Once inside the hotel you are whisked in to the lift and taken to the roof. From here you have access to either the lovely inside bar area or the outside seating which overlooks Somerset House. During the winter when Somerset House is an skating rink the views are beautiful.

View from Radio Rooftop Bar
Somerset House ice skating rink

The bar overlooks some of the most famous landmarks that London has to offer, including Tower Bridge, the Shard, London Bridge, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Somerset House, Southbank, London Eye and Houses of Parliament.

The décor is extremely modern with large comfy sofas to sit on and is beautifully lit by candles and lanterns.

The menu itself is extensive enough with plenty to offer even the most refined drinker. The food menu is Tapas however so don’t expect larger meals to accompany your drinks.

We opted for a hot beverage ‘coffee with Baileys’ which wasn’t strictly on the menu but the staff were more than happy to make our custom order. The drinks were served in lovely wine glasses and the atmosphere was beautiful with the lovely views, hot drinks and cold crisp winter evening.

Radio Rooftop Bar drinks
Lovely and warm Baileys and coffee!

Prices are a little on the expensive side with drinks starting at around £10 per person, however the atmosphere, view and location really do make up for this.
Radio Rooftop Bar at ME London Hotel is a great place to visit for a date maybe or for drinks with the girls before an event such as London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House.

For more details on Radio Rooftop Bar at ME London Hotel you can visit their own website here.

Sushi Samba – Heron Tower

Sushi Samba – A fantastic night out!

This week I decided to check out Sushi Samba with some friends. As the name implies this is a Sushi restaurant plus bar in the heart of the City.

Located on the 38th and 39th floor of Heron Tower, Sushi Samba boasted amazing views across London which really were breath taking. The outside bar also was simply stunning with the beautifully lit orange tree on the terrace! This  really is the perfect bar for after work cocktails!

Sushi Samba Tree
Rooftop terrace tree!

The cocktails themselves at Sushi Samba were all very different to typical City bars – we sampled quite a few from the extensive menu and our favourites included the Samba Ramble, Yuzu Gimlet and the Sambatini.

The average price for a cocktail was around £13 but worth every penny. The bar staff were friendly and attentive – even making a friend a special non alcoholic cocktail, which wasn’t on the menu!

Aside from the great drinks, stunning views and beautiful decor though – the thing that really made our night complete was the lift that whisked us from the street up to the 38th floor!

We will most certainly be going back to Sushi Samba in the future – this is somewhere I would recommend for a great date or after work drinks!

For more details you can visit their website here.