Thirsty Thursdays: Cocktail Hour @ The London Eye

Thirsty Thursdays: Cocktail Hour @ The London Eye

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Last week, I was among the first people to try the all new Cocktail Hour Experience at the Pommery Champagne Bar and the Coca-Cola London Eye, thanks to TimeOut London. Every Thursday and Friday, the Pommery Champagne Bar will have a special menu of five expertly crafted cocktails, available from 5pm til close, and there is now a Cocktail Hour Experience package available on the London Eye. What could be better than sky high views over London and bubbly champagne cocktails?!

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Thirsty Thursdays: Valentine’s Special

Thirsty Thursdays: Valentine’s Special

St Valentine’s Day is like Marmite. Even though people say they like it, they’re lying. Everyone hates it. But Valentine’s Day is completely inescapable. Before the January blues have even set in properly, everything is suddenly red and pink and surrounded by love hearts. By 1st of Feb you’re most likely sick of it but I’m afraid it’s not over yet. On Saturday 14th February the only way you can remain Vals Day neutral is by staying in, watching Netflix and turning off all notifications from your phone, iPad, emails, everything. But that’s a bit drastic. So, here’s a Valentine’s Day themed guide for where you can spend the night – whether you’re single and intend to stay that way, or already taken, there’s something for you.

Ridin’ Solo
Want to get dressed up, go out with the girls and not be hounded by men (and other women) asking you to be their Valentine? Head to Dirty Martini Covent Garden. Usually good as an after work drinks venue because of the happy hour, the bar is adapting for V Day. Happy hour is until 9pm and entry is free until 10pm. Even after happy hour, drinks are pretty affordable but to stay on the cheap side stick to Lavender and Rose Martinis which will be £5 all night long. Book a table and drinks in advance and you save 10%! The central location means it’s easy for everyone to get to and perfect for the Trafalgar Square Maccy D/night bus combo at the end of the night.
Ready to Mingle
Sticking to the same location, if you’re looking for Mr. Right (or Mr. Right Now), just around the corner from Dirty Martini is Foundation Bar. An underground cocktail bar with room aplenty to dance, unlike all these trendy ‘speakeasy’ type places, Foundation Bar offers cocktails, food and good times. Happy hour is until 7.30pm and gives you 50% off drinks and food platters. If you’re getting down early I recommend the Foundation Platter – pizza, popcorn, chicken wings, chips and spring rolls – sounds like heaven right? And there’s a big dance floor so you’ll burn the calories by dancing all night… I also recommend choosing all cocktails based on the freebie that comes on the side. My favourites are the one that comes with a french fancy and the one with a temporary tattoo.

It’s Complicated
If you’re in this stage, you’re most likely pretending you don’t want to do anything on Valentine’s Day as its ‘too soon’ but also really not wanting to go out with your single friends as you’re not technically single. Here’s a quick fix. Casually ask what he’s doing on Saturday. When he says nothing/not sure say there’s this fun bar where you can play table football and you’ve been meaning to go for ages, fancy it? Of course he does. Then you can head to Bar Kick in Shoreditch for cringe free V Day fun.

Honeymoon Stage
At this stage you think you’re the best couple in the world and you have the most fun and the best dates and you want everyone to know it. So obviously you’ll go somewhere really cool but also romantic that all your friends will be jealous of. Hello Wilton’s Music Hall. Wilton’s is the world’s oldest surviving Great Music Hall and is gorgeous. The Mahogany Bar is open to the public and serves drinks which are a little pricey but totally worth it for the venue. Head here after dinner for the perfect photo opp #nofilter. The bar shuts at 11pm but is in a good location in East London to head to an after party.
Hearing Wedding Bells
You’re at the stage where every holiday/special occasion that comes up induces speculation about whether he is going to propose. Top tip: if he proposes on Valentine’s Day, say no. That’s not romantic. It’s cheesy and makes for a terrible story which all your friends will laugh at, even if just on the inside. So to avoid proposal hell head to somewhere a bit different from the usual ‘we’re so in love let’s spend all our money on expensive bars and restaurants and take pictures so everyone can see how in love we are’ venues. How about The Rum Kitchen? Rediscover your fun dating days by taking yourself less seriously, drinking some rum punch and dancing the night away in the Notting Hill branch. Not a heart shaped balloon in sight.

The End is Nigh
If you’ve been planning to end it but it hasn’t been the right time, V Day is a bummer. You can’t have the most romantic day ever and then a week later drop the bombshell. So keep it low key. Floridita in Soho is nice but not too over the top. There will be a live band on Valentine’s Day from 6pm so grab some cocktails and enjoy the last dance.
And there we have it. Whatever your relationship status (in real life not on Facebook) there is a Valentine’s venue awaiting your arrival! Have fun and stay safe.
What are you doing this Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments!
Thirsty Thursdays: Swingers

Thirsty Thursdays: Swingers

This week, I went to Swingers London – The crazy golf club. I feel the need to write the full name and description, otherwise you might expect a very different post to the one you are about to read, and I don’t want to disappoint. So, after months of talking about how much I want to go to Swingers, I stopped talking and took action! Here’s my verdict:

Atmosphere
After going down a random back street and through a dark curtain, you find yourself in a big warehouse with lots of bright purpley red lights. Quite strange but also quite cool. As we didn’t book in advance, we put our names on a waiting list (there were two of us) and headed to the bar. It was designed to look like a golf/country club (shocker, I know) with nice comfy sofas and great entertainment. By entertainment I mean a view from an elevated position of the people on the golf course attempting to play crazy golf well and pretending not to mind when they’re terrible at it. There was a DJ in the corner playing a mix of music, from modern day ‘hits’ to absolute classics – ‘Miami’ by Will Smith and ‘In Da Club’ by 50 Cent were nicely complimented by ‘Anaconda’ by Nicki Minaj…
Food & Drinks
The bar offers the usual mix of beer, wine, cocktails and everything in between. The cocktail selection is pretty standard but with reimagined names like ‘Long Shot Ice Tea’ but at £9 a pop, they don’t disappoint. The food is provided by a rotation of street vendors who set up shop for weeks at a time. The Pizza Pilgrims are a permanent feature but pop ups have included Patty & Bun, When Mac Met Cheese and Flippin’ Cow to name a few, so you are sure to find something good to chow down on before you hit the course.

The Golfin’
The golf course has 9 holes, which gradually increase in difficulty though, as you can see from our scorecard, luck has more than a little bit to do with it! You do have to wait for the group in front of you to finish at each hole and move on which can be a little annoying but, for the most part, it’s not an issue – it just gives you an opportunity to laugh at others and be reassured that you’re not the only one hitting the ball into the no-go zone…of a completely different hole. The course doesn’t take too long to complete but is definitely worth the money – and as the venue is open plan you can have a dance and sing-a-long/rap-a-long while you play.
The Fine Print
There seems to be a lot of hype around the fact that this place is booked for months in advance and you can’t just turn up. Well, as Lil Jon says, turn down for what? In other words, we turned up (in the literal sense) and in just over an hour (i.e. enough time for two drinks) we were giving Tiger a run for his money. This was on a weekday so I’m sure it is a different story on weekends but if you don’t ask, you don’t get…
A round of golf will set you back £11 per person (£10 in advance) while entry without golf costs £3. I personally wouldn’t advise going if you’re not going to play golf, just go to Hawker House which is basically the same but bigger with more food and no golf.
Top Tip: Either keep your coat on or bring a warm cardi – it’s a warehouse so despite the many electric heaters it is cooooold! (Disclaimer: just a wild guess here but this is probably not an issue in the summer)
Final Word
This is great fun and a bit different from your standard night. Swingers is definitely versatile – it works for a date, group fun or even work social, though I would keep the golfing groups to a maximum of 4 people. It’s also in a perfect location for moving on to da club (unlikely to be the same one 50 Cent is in) later in the night. For more info and to book, get in touch below.
Where are you getting turnt up tonight? Let me know in the comments or on social media with #ThirstyThursdays