Coppa: Rooftop Sun While It Lasts

London’s weather was in a indecisive mood the day I made an unwise decision to visit Coppa. With a group of girlfriends we made the trek though london fields and eventually managed to find Coppa’s hidden stairwell entrance. It may seem dingy at first glance, but this hidden stairwell leads to a rooftop terrace of…

Trendy Tinctures At The Culpeper

The Culpeper, Commercial Street, Is a great after work drinking spot for Aldgate city workers. Downstairs it’s a corporate – friendly drinking hole, while a rooftop kitchen garden nods to its Shoreditch hipster neighbours. The cocktail list is unique while being fashionable (lots of prossecco and spritz options). The best thing is the tinctures –…

Just Opened: DF Mexico

Shoreditch is being gentrified and the latest chain brand arrival to the area is Wahaca (as if the poor curry house touts needed more competition!). Thankfully this popular mexican eatery has disguised itself as a hipster pop-up or “residency” in The Old Truman Brewery and is now known as DF Mexico. The menu is similar to…

Alpine Delights In The Heart Of London

It may be summer in the city but if you’re a ski bunny missing the delights of a cosy alpine ski lodge then take a break from the sunshine and head to Bodo’s Schloss. This bar and restaurant is a world away from London, deer heads and ski paraphernalia line the wooden walls and checkered tablecloths cover tables….

The Oriental Alchemists: Opium

Nested between the dim sum eateries, Asian groceries, and increasing number of betting shops In London’s china town, sits Opium. Deliberately unassuming, this is a address that also offers dumplings, but only as an afterthought to its concoction of cocktails. Each cocktail is elaborately mixed (with some often unusual ingredients) and beautifully presented (well worth…

Getting Filthy & Nasty In Belfast

While in Belfast last month I went to Filthy McNasty’s Bar in The Filthy Quarter. A large venue with various areas, including a great beer garden The Secret Garden (pictured) and Filthy Chic which makes some great cocktails. Perfectly designed for the weather the garden is equipped with heaters and has a veranda overlooking the…

Porn Stars & Pearl Necklaces At Beach Blanket Babylon

There’s nothing more fitting on Valentine’s Day than a few naughtily named cocktails and a little innuendo.  So on Feb 14 I found myself having a Pearl Necklace at  Beach Blanket Babylon, Shoreditch.  BBB is one of my favourite destinations for cocktails in Shoreditch,  a luxurious respite from the endless grimy pop-ups, whilst still stylish…