Walking down Wardour street, we wouldn’t blame you for whizzing right past this door. With just a red light buzzing above, there’s little indicate the luxurious den that awaits downstairs. Old Tom & English plays on the brothel history of Soho, but nothing down here is seedy. The design comes courtesy of Lee Broom, with his signature 60s style and glamorous touches, this feels like walking into an episode of Mad Men.
If you’re here, then you’ve got to have an Old Fashioned — but this one comes as a twist. Made with barrel-aged gin, honey and bitters — it’s like no other Old Fashioned you’ve tried before. For a drink inspired by the area, try the South Side of Oxford Street with Gentleman’s Cut gin, lemon, sugar and Manzanilla dry sherry. Dry, fresh and definitely delicious. Food is designed to share, so start ordering those plates around. Lighter bites such as the kale and burnt apple salad are friendlier to the waistline, while those looking to indulge should get straight in to the melt-in-your-mouth confit smoked guinea fowl served with an anchovy mayo. Oh, and get the triple cooked chips … these are some of the best in town.
The booths are ideal for big groups that want a bit of privacy — you get your own little alcove to while away the hours in.
Best Bars tip: It’s reservations only (if you want a booth), but play nice and they’ll let you perch up at the bar … our favourite spot.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips