Spiritland: Royal Festival Hall
This bougie audiophile haven, at the bottom of Royal Festival Hall, is the kind of exquisitely singular experience you'll be patting yourself/Dojo on the back for visiting. It's a damn pleasure: an all-day-eating, late-night-drinking affair where food, drink, music and aesthetic are all given equal billing and suitable for any an occasion. A immersive loosener on your ones; the impressing flex; or an intimate dinner with pals when secrets might be shared as the potent mixture of fantastic cocktails and crystal clear music permeates your soul. With a decor inspired by 1970s recording studios, it’s a space of deep burgundy booths and orbs of light letting out the absolute minimum glow, thereby heightening every other sense. And those tastebuds are hit with food given high regard. We came in for dinner where experimental Middle Eastern-inspired sharing plates had us drooling over a succulent and rich sweet and sour pork belly with octopus, pomelo, coconut and ground rice; or a novel biber Salçasi cauliflower, kale saag and green mango yoghurt. Our tip would be to stick to this intriguing stuff rather than the conventional meat options. At the end of the week, a frickin’ fantastic roster of expert selectors spin groove-ridden, rare records as the majority of punters discreetly slip on Auto-Shazam and enjoy themselves an atmospheric night-cap. Whenever you roll in here, the bill is likely to rack up - but we don't think you'll regret it.