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st. john hotel

April 13, 2011












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a group of friends and i went to the st. john hotel last friday night, which opened just under 2 weeks ago in the west end. i’d been anticipating this new venture for a while, and we had a great time. we met for drinks in the bar beforehand, and i found my cocktail of choice for the spring and summer: a negroni (i’m glad i have the next 4-5 months to perfect my technique and mix these as well as the bartender at st. john).  after a couple of drinks, we went down to the dining room for dinner, which was delicious. pictured above you can see the beans & bacon for two – charlotte and i decided to order it and i’m damn glad we did (as matt joked, “we go to a nice place like this for dinner and you order beans & bacon?!”).   everything we ate was really nice – and the finale was the sundae, made up of rhubarb prepared various ways (compote, sorbet, etc) plus one dozen madeleines.  as you can imagine, we all walked out with a smile on our face.

there is something familiar about the hotel and restaurant – something that is undeniably st. john – but it also feels new and different from their other spots in london.  the decor inside is simple, clean and thoughtful.   i liked it.  

(the next time i visit, i want to have a little bun moment.)

19 Comments
  1. April 13, 2011 2:07 pm

    love no2 its really got something about it

  2. April 13, 2011 2:10 pm

    those cocktails look so pretty :)
    looks like a great time was had by all!

  3. April 13, 2011 3:16 pm

    Negroni’s are the best. An acquired taste and deadly after a couple, but great crisp taste none the less. I like an equal ratio of spirits and always using carpano antica sweet vermouth ( get some its the best out there )

  4. April 13, 2011 4:19 pm

    yummy… been wanting to check it out & stay there too (even though we live up the road!) x

  5. April 13, 2011 4:21 pm

    yummy… beans & bacon look TASTY!

    We want to stay overnight there sometime (even though we only live up the road!) XX

  6. April 13, 2011 5:40 pm

    that was quite the meal, eh, ferry.

  7. Christophe permalink
    April 13, 2011 6:38 pm

    Top night out — rematch soon please!

  8. April 13, 2011 7:55 pm

    hurrah! it is finally open! try a little campari, martini, a top up of prosecco and a squeeze of a blood-orange. tasty.

  9. April 13, 2011 8:10 pm

    I’m willing to book a trip to London and have it all revolve around St. John. Was this an early dinner or a slow night?

    • April 13, 2011 8:21 pm

      tom, do it — i’ll happily be your tour guide.

      it was a late dinner, actually – i just happened to snap these photos towards the end so it looks quiet (it was packed when we sat down, maybe too packed). by the time i took these photos, it was probably almost midnight. the restaurant is open late (until 2am), though they change over to a late-night menu around 11:30.

  10. April 14, 2011 12:40 am

    completely divine and i am loving the coasters …..

  11. April 14, 2011 1:15 am

    Beans and bacon sounds great to me though^^ I really like your style of composition Brian, makes one look and look.

  12. Michael permalink
    April 14, 2011 1:55 am

    Punt e Mes is my Negroni vermouth of choice.

  13. April 14, 2011 2:35 pm

    what great photos, you really know how to capture the best of everything!
    also loving the little pig coasters!

  14. April 14, 2011 2:37 pm

    LOVE the looks of this place! I want a little bun moment!!

  15. April 15, 2011 8:26 am

    I hope it’s not rude to have done so without asking — I’m new to blogging — and just linked to your page. Thank you.

  16. April 18, 2011 9:20 am

    can’t wait to try it- it looks so chic and fresh out of Deauville but borders on China town- which I kind of love

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