Tucked away down the quiet Barkston Gardens near the bustle around Earl’s Court station is the charming Mansion Bar and Parlour, a cocktail bar that opened less than a year ago on the ground floor of the 4-star boutique Hotel Indigo.
Dimple and I popped in for a drink on Friday night, but definitely plan to take advantage of the 2 for 1 happy hour that runs Sunday through Wednesday!
I didn’t have my camera, so apologies for the terrible iPhone photos.
It’s much better in person!
We didn’t know what to expect, but were happily surprised.
It’s sophisticated, elegant, colourful and contemporary with vintage vibes, taking inspiration from its original setting as a Victorian mansion.
The wallpaper is made of old classified ads and there are old school newspapers folded on each table.
After perusing the extensive cocktail menu, we put an end to our indecisiveness and took the advice of the waiter.
Hemingway Daquiris were an excellent choice.
We noticed the staff’s name badges with Lord or Lady titles.
Apparently, according to View London, “Far from being an empty gimmick, each member of bar staff has been bought a small plot of land so they legally possess the title, making sure guests are really served by members of high society.”
I’m looking forward to going back on a Sunday when they do a traditional roast with live jazz in the afternoons.
The waiter told us to keep an eye on Living Social for deals and I see they have one on now.
They also run loads of fun networking events, molecular cocktail masterclasses and charity fashion soirees.
I can’t tell you how the food is, but the staff were lovely and so was the decor so hopefully it lives up to my expectations when I return!