This place is a seriously smooth operator with its glossy black tiles outside, Art Deco interior and beautiful cocktail paraphernalia. It may be a bit of a squeeze when the live bands are in but totally worth it to feel like one of Hemingway's contemporaries. Marian from The Night Jar and Rusty from The Connaught have really gone to town on the cocktail list. It may be intimidating at first but once you've chosen, reap the rewards of their classics with a foodie twist (expect plenty of pickled onions, olives and ginger). We recommend the creamy goodness of the Gibson Milk Punch or, for pickle experi-mentalists, the Pickled Banana Daiquiri.
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**doubled up - good brunch info though What was once a cosy box in Pop Brixton is now a full-fledged resto in Soho, dishing out small plates with big flavours around communal tables. Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell love the old sharing plates/ friendly vibes malarkey and they do it well. Come for a brunch of avocado and green chilli raita, topped with a poached egg and star anise pancetta. But that's just the start; the Goan sausage roll is an absolute must, and the duck egg bhurji, which comes with a malabar paratha is a treat for the tastebuds. Go for a masala chai tea if you need some soothing, milky goodness to wash all that tasty grub down.
So much gin...so much win. 214 Bermondsey is drowning in this bitter beauty, and has over 100 different varieties for you to get your gums around. Definitely try out their blind taste test where they give you four varieties and some sealed envelopes with the answers, so there's no dirty cheating. If you're going all traditional and getting a G&T, make sure you get the bar's homemade tonic - it's a pink taste sensation - and on a Sunday from 4 it's only a fiver for a double. There's an Italian restaurant above the bar on the ground floor, so you can get some Mediterranean grub sent down.
Hoxley & Porter
Hoxley & Porter is a time machine in the form of a bar, where sticky Sambuca shooters and Jägerbombs haven't yet been invented. This atmospheric turn of the century-style railway bar makes lots of the spirits and liqueurs it serves in-house... try their Earl Grey-infused gin! If the cocktails make you peckish, there's a pretty comprehensive food menu with dishes like Roasted Guinea Fowl, or Tomato and Crayfish Linguine.
Robert Henke: Lumiere III
Get to know Robert Henke. Best known as one half of the minimal techno duo Monolake, the Berlin-based 'computer music' artist is one of the most progressive names working in the field of digital arts. His glitchy, hypnotic works are made from computer-generated sound and images, which he then re-arranges and modulates based on mathematical principles and controlled random operations. At this performance, he'll be premiering the third edition of his Lumière project, in which electronic soundscapes are punctuated by lasers to create an immersive audiovisual experience. The first performance of the show will be opened by electronic composer Tristan Perich, and it is currently sold out. The second performance still has tickets going, so get on it.