London: Kettner’s champagne bar

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There are bars, and then there are bars. The champagne bar in Kettner’s Townhouse falls into that latter category; it’s a bar that’s far more than a bar.

It’s dark and cosy (and open late!) and it has that old school glamour that makes me think of a lost time when women wore pearls and fur and gloves.

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Add to that a fantastic list of champagnes, both NV and vintage, to order by the glass (or bottle). To me this is the epitome of luxury; to go here, sit down at a cosy table with its own table lamp, on a comfortable sofa and order a glass of delicious vintage champagne, served in a coupe glass.

The interior has an art deco vibe that I love and the whole townhouse is wonderful. I must plan a staycation here soon. It’s obvious in the details that Kettner’s is part of the Soho House Emporium, but it has a different vibe and feels smaller and more intimate. And a little more decadent.

It’s a treat every time I go here and I will keep coming back. This is hand’s down one of my favourite bars in London!

Kettner’s Townhouse, 29 Romilly St, Soho, London W1D 5HP

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Dinner at Soho Diner, Soho

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On Friday I met up with a few girl friends after work. Two of us managed to get out early, so we met up in the bar at Soho Diner (part of the Soho House group) and had some drinks and nibbles while waiting for the other two. We sat overlooking the kitchen and saw them prepare one delicious burger after another, so we were pretty certain of what to order when we sat down for dinner.

When the last person in our little group was on her way, we asked the waitress to put us down for a table as you can’t pre-book. Twenty minutes later we were shown to our table by the window, which was actually quite chilly, especially compared to the heat from the stove.

We all decided on the single burger (which funnily enough consists of two patties while the double burger has three just to confuse matters) and shared some fries and a salad.

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The fries were lovely and crisp and absolutely delicious and I like the fact that they come with mayonnaise (so no need to ask the waiter for sauces).

I loved Soho Diner and will definitely come back. The service was great, especially when we were at the bar, the food was delicious and the atmosphere buzzing and fun.

NB. Please forgive the dark and grainy pictures. The lighting was dark and I only had my iPhone camera at hand.

Soho Diner, 19-21 Old Compton St, London W1D 5JJ