The selection of wine at Gordon’s is vast and varied (as one would expect at a “wine” bar) and the prices are very reasonable. Bottles start at around £14 and glasses at £4. Red drinkers can indulge with a bottle of Rioja Siglo 1881 (£19.50), a medium bodied wine with flavours of spice, vanilla and strawberry. White drinkers might want to try the light and refreshing Vin de Pays Blanc (£14.60), a fruity and easy-to-drink white, that is nicely made into a Kir with a dash of Crème de Cassis. Gordon’s also has a nice selection of sparkling wines, Champagne, Sherries, Madeira’s and Ports. Be sure to check out their blackboard for wine specials.
For those who want some nibbles with their wine, a cheese plate to share is a great option (£11.25). Pick three cheeses from a good selection (Rustique Artisan Camembert and Cropwell Bishop Stilton are definite winners) and they will be transferred onto a platter accompanied by oven baked French bread, pickled onions, gherkins and pickle. A perfect pairing with Gordon’s lovely wines.
Gordon's Wine Bar, 47 Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NE
With impressive views of the city (London Eye and Houses of Parliament), this unique pub and restaurant is actually a converted Dutch barge. Moored on Albert Embankment between Vauxhall and Lambeth Bridge, guests can sip their drinks on the spacious outdoor terrace (weather permitting) or cosy themselves inside the dark, slanted and character-filled barge interior.
The vibe here is very relaxed, the service is very friendly and the drink prices are quite reasonable.
Tamesis Dock also hosts events, including some great live bands. If you sign up to their Facebook page, you can stay in the know about what’s coming up.
Whole Foods Market Kensington
The Barkers Building, London W8 5SE
Deep Sea Exhibit at the Natural History Museum – Bizarre creatures from the deep (with a face only a mother could love)
The deepest part of the ocean is the Mariana Trench in the Pacific, which reaches a depth of 11,000 meters and is deep enough to submerge Mount Everest.
In the Twilight Zone (not the Rod Serling series, but the part of the sea that ranges between 200-1,000 meters deep) many of the marine animals have lights on their underside. This “counterillumination” is a method of camouflage. Light produced on the underside of bioluminescing animals helps them disappear from predators below. And because the top part of the animal is not lit, they are camouflaged from the prey above, as its dark silhouette appears against a black background.
Fact 3 (the one I will keep with me forever and probably share with people after a few drinks at the pub):
The warty anglerfish (quite possibly the ugliest fish to exist - hence why it was used in all the promotional material for this event) is a deep sea fish where the male is smaller than the female. The male fish uses his enlarged nostrils to sniff out a doomed female, where he then attaches himself to her and becomes parasitic, depending on her entirely for food and transport. Sounds like a few men I’ve known...
The Deep Sea Exhibit at the Natural History Museum (May 28 - Sept 5, 2010)
Cromwell Rd., London SW7 5BD
There are five uniquely decorated Snog shops around London. My favourite spot is Snog Covent Garden, 5 Garrick Street, London, WC2E 9AR
Love from London – A City of Stars is the next exhibit soon-to-be launched. Running from August 26th – October 9th, here you can view photographs of stars from the golden age of cinema as they experience London, from Audrey Hepburn in Richmond Park to Elizabeth Taylor feeding pigeons in Trafalgar Square.
46 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8DX
Sangria Bar de Tapas is this small independent establishment that I often walk pass, where happy diners always seem to be. A bright side alleyway next to the restaurant means that diners can actually relish the lovely weather (when it rarely happens) and enjoy an al fresco experience. The only problem with this is the teeny tiny outdoor space can only fit teeny tiny outdoor tables – a problem when you’re ordering six plates of tapas and two giant jugs of Sangria. I should probably mention here that this gem of a restaurant offers 2-for-1 sangria (the real kind – where you can taste the orange liqueur), hence the jug duo.
The tapas dishes here are very good for London standard. Unlike mega-chain La Tasca (which sadly has disappointed me on the food front a few times), the food tastes freshly prepared sans microwave. Their yummy tapas dishes include crisp fried squid (£5.95), chorizo cooked in red wine (£5.75) and blue cheese croquettes (£5.65). Paella is another enticing option, with a mixed seafood, chicken and vegetable pan for two (£15.95).
With reasonable prices (this is N1!), 2-for-1 happy hour sangria and tasty tapas, Sangria Bar de Tapas is a little bit of Spain in a trendy part of London.
Sangria Bar de Tapas, 88 Upper Street, London N1 0NP