Another week gone and some more new places and events that sound pretty interesting (to me at least!) so I thought I’d share. This week we’ve got Ape & Bird’s 50% off soft open, a couple of new bar openings in the form of Steam & Rye and White Lyan, and Spin x LCF – a coffee and cycling combination – as well as a potential job for any Natural Science graduates in Cambridge.
Ape & Bird
This is the newest (I think sixth?) spot from the Polpo crew. It’s the site of the former Marquis of Granby Pub in Seven Dials and is being reborn as an all-day modern British dining spot. Apparently they’ve described it as “honest pub grub for people who don’t necessarily like pubs”. I’m not sure what that means, but I’ve liked what the Polpo team have come up with so far so it looks to be worth a punt.
More importantly, A&B is holding a two day (Nov 28 & 29) soft open where food is 50% off. You’ll need to call them on Monday (Nov 25) morning after 9am BST to book a spot and I imagine places will go quickly.
142 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8HJ
020 7836 3119
Steam & Rye
Kelly Brooks has teamed up with Nick House, the man behind Mahiki, to bring into being this massive 550 capacity prohibition style bar. The launch event a few days ago generated some positive press on the food and drink (though to be fair – it was free) and it looks promising. Plus, with a place that big you won’t be left waiting out in the cold (I hope) although the lines at the bar may be challenging.
I particularly like the 50% off deal on both food and drinks between 5 & 9pm on Mondays for under 30s. Not sure how they’ll check this, but I guess you better bring ID. And it’s just down the road from work so I know where I’ll be come Monday!
147 Leadenhall St, London, EC3V 4QT
This cocktail bar both intrigues and concerns me. It’s a novel concept with a very creative cocktail menu, but you can’t order off menu and all (or at least most) are premade. Still, a Moby Dick Sazerac made with ambergris? Now that’s something I just have to try.
The bar is up in Hoxton and could very well be a game-changer in the way bars view cocktails. I’m still not sure about the premade aspect, but at least the wait at the bar should be shorter, no? A more comprehensive write up from TimeOut is here, and I’ll be visiting next week so I can report back.
153 Hoxton St, London, N1 6PJ
Spin x LCF
Coffee and cycling (basically my morning routine) comes together in this expo in Shoreditch from Nov 29 – Dec 1. Tickets are free in advance (well there is a booking fee) and you can browse a range of cycle shops while sipping on food and coffee from places like the cycle-friend Look Mum No Hands and the always delicious Caravan. It’s up at the Yard in Shoreditch (really where else would you have it?) and you can get tickets at the door but it will cost you £5.
Looking for a job?
Finally, this just entertained me to no end. A student in Cambridge is looking for a personal tutor in the Natural Sciences (graduate or supervisor level at least) to help pass two of his first year exams. The term of the contract is 16 weeks (roughly 30-40 hours a week) and for that you get paid a whopping £48,000 + accommodation + the potential for all-expenses paid trips to Zurich with the student. That’s enough to make me rethink my schooling choices – maybe I can get a finder’s fee?
Check out the full article in the Telegraph here