The latest Ramsay outpost is bringing a good whack of life to Battersea Square, and London House is everything you would expect from a Gordon operation (minus the yelling). So grab a chair by the fireplace and make yourself comfortable, this is one where you could easily lose a few hours. The space feels equal parts elegant and classic British, so perhaps avoid wearing your raggedy jeans – a tweed jacket or cashmere twin set wouldn’t be out of place here. Yet the vibe is decidedly laid back and the service is nothing short of exceptional … the staff will really do anything to make your experience a seamless one.
Even though the room is blue, you certainly won’t feel that way after a tipple or two. For the cocktail menu, bar manager Paul Graham has decided to go a bit more experimental and one of the house signatures tracks the history of the martini through the Three Martini Lunch. And despite its cheeky name, this tasty gin-heavy trio is not one to have on an empty stomach. It starts off with a Bols Genever Martinez, then onto a lemon-and-olive garnished Gilpin’s Gin Wet Martini, and finishes off with a modern Tanqueray Gin dry number. If three is too much for you, order the house martini which is the delightful Gilpin’s serve. Or if you’re looking for a sipper on the rocks, try Into the Dark with Zacapa 23 Rum, vermouth, maple syrup, baked orange and served with a pocket square that has been sprayed with a custom-made scent from Penhaligon’s.
This is the perfect place to grab drinks with a client, have leisurely cocktails with your partner, or bring your family along for a sophisticated evening of pre-dinner drinks and a three-course meal. But if you’re feeling a bit lonely, nip in and take a seat at the brass bar – your reflection off the countertop can keep you company.
Best Bars tip: While you can expect five-star food from the restaurant, you won’t get more than a few nibbles in the lounge (nuts, olives and melt-in-your-mouth jamón). So either eat before or book a table for after – we say go for the latter.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips