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Thought I’d do another one of these news posts as it’s quite exciting to check out what’s due out soon in the world of beauty, fashion and the like. Here’s February 2015’s list of awesome newness to look out for and why you’ll be wanting to check it out.

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The Arts Theatre Club, Frith Street, Soho

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Looking for somewhere different for a cocktail and some good tunes in Soho, London? Well, here’s one of my favourite hideouts, The Arts Theatre Club on Frith Street, just off Compton Street in Soho, London. Hidden on a busy street, you’ve got to look for the little doorway with the vintage style signage with it’s weird carpeted staircase down into the basement.

Inspired by a 1920’s prohibition style speakeasy, the fashionable thing to be in London for quite a while now, you’ll find a cosy, vintage inspired basement with lots of awesome things to experience.

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The cocktail menu is vast, but what you need to look for is the Prohibition Teapots for about £15, the Von Trappe tastes like apple strudel and the Elderflower Collins which can be made with gin or vodka is great if you want something light and refreshing. Plus, they come in teapots with cute vintage teacups, another thing that is the style in London, but I adore it so I don’t care if it’s a bit cliche now.

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They play an eclectic mix of music, usually stuff from the 80s and 90s, I’ve danced to all sorts from Bon Jovi, Spice Girls, Take That and Blondie in here. It’s a lot of fun. On a Friday or weekend you’ll find a packed area and will have to queue, but in the week it’s usually quite chilled and great for a catch up with your mates, where the music is fun but at a sensible volume.

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Where do you have teapot cocktails? 

What’s your favourite place in Soho? 

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Earlham Street Clubhouse, Covent Garden, London

Fancy somewhere different in Central London? You’ve got to check out the new 90s themed venue in Covent Garden, Earlham Street Clubhouse. They just serve cocktails and pizza, it’s as if it was made for me!

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The pizza’s are served by the slice, 12 inch or 20 inch pizzas and the best thing is that everyone on the menu has a totally awesome 90s themed name. As do the cocktails. I started with the Prom Queen, a vodka based cocktail with raspberry, strawberry and cream, it’s quite like drinking a boozy milkshake, lush!

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Pizza wise we went for the Happy Gilmore with parma ham, rocket and two types of cheese. The pizzas have an authentic Italian vibe, thin crisp bases and super fresh toppings, plus if you sit in the right spot of the clubhouse you can watch them being made. If you’re sharing, you get a paper plate with a napkin, like you’re at a kids party, I love it!

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Next up, I tried the Sweet Valley High cocktail, another fruit based drink of vodka, lime and pomegranate, fresh and fruity. I love the Prom Queen one the most, but this is also lovely.

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Since we were such entertaining guests, we were ‘rewarded’ with one of the signature drinks on the menu, The Layback. Absinthe, chilli, lime and sugar and advertised on the menu as ‘not to be consumed by the purchase’. It’s a bit bigger than a regular shot and served in a bottle with metal pourer making it even more interesting.

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This was the result of drinking The Layback. At first it tasted as you would expect, but has a after burn for sure, not one for those afraid of heat!

 As an added bonus, they have the Secret DJ app in the Clubhouse, which allows visitors to check in and select songs to add to the venue playlist, such a great idea! I love the decor in the place too, lots of American vintage bits and bobs and photos of 90s stars, very fun, clean and chilled. This was my second visit and the staff were excellent again, I’d recommend this place for food and drinks, ideal for all kinds of nights out, check it out!

Have you visited Earlham Street Clubhouse? 

Where’s your favourite pizza place? 

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Cocktails at White Lyan, Hoxton Street, Shoreditch

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A couple of weeks ago, I had a night out with my friend and fellow blogger, Fleur. We went to a lot of different places in Shoreditch, drank mostly craft beer, until Fleur suggested we check out one of her friends new bars on Hoxton Street, White Lyan.

White Lyan doesn’t look like much from the outside, it’s very plain, but inside is a simple, intimate, chic bar with a very interesting outlook on cocktail making. Almost everything comes pre-prepared in a glass bottle, no ice is used and no citrus, sugar, fruit or other perishables, and almost zero branded products.

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Cocktails start from only £6, with a really lovely selection of flavours and styles. White Lyan’s own brand (Mr Lyan) booze is used as the base of most cocktails and served in chilled glasses with a side of water, plenty of water, which I was very thankful for!

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The Bay Cosmo is Mr Lyan Vodka, bay leaf, cranberry and grapefruit soda. Super fresh and easy to drink, served simply in a chilled, tall glass. I love the branding on the bottles too, chic and simple.

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You can still enjoy the classics too, like this Old Fashioned, which was for Fleur as it’s totally not something I enjoy drinking at the moment. Again, no ice, just chilled glass.

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My favourite of the night, Yiddish Bubbles. Mr Lyan Gin, pineapple and lemon cordial and celery soda. As with the Bay Cosmo, it’s fresh and clean with a delicious real pineapple flavour.

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Monkey Ball was an intriguing choice that I couldn’t resist trying. It’s scotch, cassia, chocolate, and truffle and banana soda. It looks simple, but tastes just like chocolate bananas but without being too sickly sweet.

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Generally a really reasonably priced, elegant place to drink. A hidden gem down Hoxton Street and definitely a place to watch in terms of innovation in the mixology world. I love the simple branding and decor of the bar. Definitely will be going back and certainly recommend for a place to visit if you’re in the area.

What’s your favourite place in East London for drinks?

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The Candy Store at Callooh Callay London Cocktail Week

At the weekend, I made my first trip to Callooh Callay on Rivington Street in Shoreditch, London. This place is an essential place to visit if you’re in Shoreditch, a cocktail bar with quirky, fun decor and an amazing cocktail and snack menu. It’s always busy and I think that’s testament to how awesome it it. To make matter even more awesome, they have a wardrobe that you can walk through to discover hidden rooms within the bar, it’s perfect.

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Since it’s London Cocktail Week this week, I thought this was particularly good timing to have made my first visit and I’m very excited to be able to report back about the bars current pop-up The Candy Store, the pop-up can be found upstairs at Callooh Callay and will be there until the 2nd November. The Candy Store brings you whiskey based cocktails inspired by candy and nostalgia, in a candy striped room complete with jars of sweets and a popcorn machine, what’s not to love?

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The menu is edible! Printed on rice paper, but avoid the black bits as it will turn your tongue black.

First cocktail was inspired by Jelly and Ice Cream and came with a side of Prosecco jelly (and a party hat, not pictured)

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This one is clearly awesome, because it features real liquorice and looks exactly like a Sherbet Fountain…

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This wasn’t ours  unfortunately, but had to snap a pic, it’s a Gingerbread based drink served in a chocolate egg with a biscuit on the side…

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The Candy Store’s take on a Screwball Ice Cream, basically a whiskey milkshake…

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And to finish with something a little more normal, a very good Old Fashioned…

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So, I’m no drinks writer, but I’m sure everyone can appreciate how awesome this is. If you want somewhere a bit different to visit and want access to free sweets and popcorn with your drinks, this is a great place to go. Amazing location, great vibe, fabulous staff and excellent drinks, give it a go!

What’s your favourite cocktail bar? 

Would you like to visit The Candy Store? 

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