To state the obvious, London is teeming with pubs and bars…but it’s also packed full of people. And I hate all that pushing and waiting to be served and never being able to find a seat. I’ve never got the joy of standing for hours drinking. Frankly, it makes me quite grumpy. So I’m always seeking out new refuges to escape the busy London streets where I can sit and relax and try something new.
My latest discovery is the Rosa Lewis Bar in the Cavendish Hotel.The hotel’s set on genteel Jermyn Street, where it’s been since 1815. I love Jermyn Street, it’s an oasis after the hectic-ness of Piccadilly (which it’s just off). It’s home to lovely bars, restaurants and shops including the famous (in our family anyway) “shaving shop” where you can buy shaving brushes made using the hair from badgers’ tummies (mmm very soft) and a cornucopia of delectable products, perfect Christmas presents for all the men in your life.
The recently refurbished bar is named after the intrepid lady who ran a catering business from the hotel from around 1899 and then refurbished the hotel to attract an amazingly glamorous class of customer! A nice bit of London history, I’d have loved to have been be a fly on the wall at some of those parties. Her famous rebuke to anyone who misbehaved was “You treat my house like an hotel!”
The bar is glamourous and comfortable with sparkling lights, plush carpets and Rosa herself looking down on her guests (well a portrait of her anyway).
There’s an amazing array of drinks on offer including fabulous cocktails, like this one, made from raspberry, passion fruit, vanilla vodka, Finlandia vodka and Limencello.
My new secret escape place for a break from shopping or to get away from the overcrowded pre- and post-theatre bars.
Until the 15th September (so for the next week), cocktails are half price on Mondays.
The Rosa Lewis Bar is at 81 Jermyn Street SW1.
Oh and if you’re interested, the “shaving shop” is called Taylor of Old Bond Street and is at 74 Jermyn St.