Every time Alex and I go away on holiday, we always end up chatting about how we need to spend more time away from work, just to hang out and use London a bit more. As both of us are freelancers, we find that work can just get on top of us and before we know it, we haven’t been out to do any of the exciting things that are on offer around us.
Unfortunately, after we’ve had that chat and return from our travels, we generally tend to fall back into the same work, eat, sleep routine – major fail on both our parts. Useless! After our trip to NYC the other week I was determined that we would follow through and at least get out of the house a few times over the Easter weekend. Luckily for us, we’d been invited along to the Union Street Bar for their Takeover launch party the very next day – Who could say no to cocktails on a Thursday evening? Nope. Not me.
Union Street Bar is found below Union Street Café in London Bridge. Both are part of the Gordon Ramsey empire, so its actually quite odd that I haven’t been, because I’m quite a fan of Ramsey, what with our recent visit to his London House restaurant and memorable visit to Maze some time ago.
The bar itself has a a cozy feel about it, but is quite spacious, with great decor and low lighting. We drank tequila three ways – paired with flavoured popcorn, then with popping candy and finally with the scent of an Old Fashioned, in the form of a vapour, which bought out the citrus notes of the spirit. We then moved on to Ketel One Elderflower Martinis, which were my favourite and ended the night on Apple Mustard Sours. These weren’t really to my liking as I’m not much of a Bourbon kinda gal, but I gave it a good go, all in the name of research! We were also offered canapés, but alas they were made with celery… I mean, who eats that stuff?! Blergh.
As the jet lag set in, we considered popping upstairs for a meal, but decided to save that for another time (we’ll definitely be back) and hopped on the train home so we could rest up and take full advantage of the weekend – We did actually take some time off and get out a bit more. Good times.
Forgot the camera… Sorry.
If you like Ketel One Vodka then you still have time to get involved this month…
They will be at the Union Street Bar with food and drinks pairing all week, afternoon ‘Hi Tea’ on the 25th, a DJ night with a trolley of mini-martini tasters on the 26th and Bloody Mary taster weekends on 19th-20th and 26th-27th.
Then after that it’s the turn of Don Julio (5 – 11 May) and then Bulleit (9 – 15 June).
Head to the site for more details and get involved: http://www.gordonramsay.com/union-street-cafe/union-street-bar/