If it’s hotel bars with an edge that you want, then Berners Street is what you get. Taking up a wide swathe of the block is the Philippe Starck-designed Sanderson. And while it may look a bit grey on the outside, inside you’ll find a slick space with features like hanging egg chairs, glowing bars and purple velvet dens. Oh and did we mention the U-shaped garden in the middle of the building? Yep, fresh air enjoyment without any of the rain-soaked hair. But if you’re here for a tipple of the boozy sort, start off with Long Bar – we doubt you’ll miss it, it’s well, long (80 feet, seriously).
The drinks are on the fresh, fun and fruity side – so don’t fight it, get into it. For a balloon G&T, go for the Mixed Berries variety. Zesty and tart and oh so fun. Try the Blackberry and Fig Daiquiri for a slightly richer and rummy number. If you’re peckish but can’t be persuaded into the restaurant Suka just yet, try the Asian platter with smoky char siu pork, beef satay and other goodies.
Keep an eye out for special events – live music is on Wednesdays and Thursdays with jazz nights cropping up a few times a month. And the Summer Sessions see up-and-coming bands serenading the bar – Florence and the Machine played here once upon a time, who knows who you’ll be treated to next.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips